Introduction to Climatics Testing

The course will provide you with a basic understanding of climatic testing. While climatic testing covers broad aspects within the industry, this course will provide an introduction to the physics of environments; a brief history of climatic test requirements; techniques to derive climatic requirements based on field data vs analysis; tailoring strategies for climatic tests of large systems and small components; an understanding of failure modes due to applied environments; an introduction to climatic test facilities and how to create environments; and practical applications of test methods.  This course is designed to be a stepping stone leading to the more focused Climatics Testing Learning Path and MIL-STD-810H training course.

Also included will be live control module demonstrations of a small chamber.

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Course outline

  • Physics of Environments and how environmental effects can add up over time and usage
  • Climatic Test Requirements (Standards, Regulations, Etc.)
  • Simulation, Field Testing, and Determination of stress levels
  • Common failure modes due to Applied Environments
  • Climatic Test Facilities and how to create (Applied) Environments
  • Temperature and Temp/Humidity Chambers overview
  • Chamber subsystems and functions
  • Usage Do’s and Dont’s
  • Sensors
  • Controls
  • Calibration
  • Installation and Maintenance
  • Costs


Who should attend?

  • Beginners in the field of Environmental Simulation testing
  • Folks working in the Dynamics, Safety Engineering, or EMC parts of Test Labs who want to get into Climatic testing
  • Lab Technicians and Engineers who would like to deepen their understanding of the Climatic testing activities and equipment
  • Folks who would like to be better shoppers for climatic testing equipment, particularly the bread-and butter Temperature and Temp/Humidity chambers
  • Lab Managers, so they can better understand what their staffs are up to when climatic testing, or when they want to spend money for climatic testing services or equipment


Course materials

  • Copy of PowerPoint presentation in course binder
  • Certificate of attendance for completion of CEUs

Continuing Education Units: .6 CEUs



David Gibbons (View LinkedIn profile)

David Gibbons was a long time employee of Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies/Keysight Technologies, and has been working in the company’s Env Test labs in Sonoma County, California since 1994. He has specialized in Climatic Testing, but his responsibilities  include supporting every aspect of the lab’s activities, including dynamic testing, powerline testing, EMC testing, and pretty much everything else the lab’s engineers and standards required. He has shared his practical knowledge and experience with others inside and outside his companies through personal communication, years of practical articles in the pages of Test Engineering and Management magazine, and through teaching in-house classes and tutorials, and teaching at the IEST Annual Technical Meetings. As a senior member of the IEST, it is important to him that new practitioners understand the basic principles of the equipment they are using, and the processes they are following to ensure safe and successful testing.

Ben Shank (View LinkedIn profile)

Dr. Ben Shank is a staff scientist at Thermotron Industries based in Holland, Michigan. He has a PhD in physics on cryogenic testing of particle detectors. He has been in the environmental testing industry since 2015 and is President Elect of IEST.

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