ZAP the CMOS is dead . . . and the employee handling it didnít even feel it! No wonder! It only takes 50 Ė 250 volts to fry FETís, CMOS, SAW, and other low-noise wide-bandwidth static sensitive devices, but it takes 1500 volts or so before we humans can feel the discharge. Thats one of the reasons that ANSI/ESD S20.20-2007 and EN 61340-5-1 requires that initial and recurrent ESD training be provided for everyone that has anything to do with ESD sensitive devices/components/assemblies or the facility where they are made or handled! Even visitors, customers and contractors, must have basic awareness information on procedures to follow if they are permitted in the areas where ESDS devices are handled. This presentation emphasizes the information required to understand the ESD protection problem and how electronic devices, components, and assemblies are protected from ESD. This course is designed for ANSI/ESD S20.20 and IEC 61340-5-1 audit training and meets the requirements for initial and recurrent ESD certification. Course is taught by an iNARTE Certified ESD Engineer.


1. The Electron

2. What is an ESD

3. Triboelectric Charge Creation

4. How ESD Damage Occurs

5. Types of ESD Damage in Electronic Components

6. Soft vs Hard Failure Mechanisms

7. Latent Damage, the Walking Wounded

8. ESD Protection of Electronic Components and Assemblies

9. ESD Protected Area - Working Practices

10. ESD Symbols and What They Mean

11. Miscellaneous Items

  • Brief overview of ANSI/ESD S20.20
  • 12. ESD Audit Certification Exam