EMC Compliance for Military and Avionics

Training Course

Training Course

This course explains the fundamentals of EMC, the content of EMC standards Defence Standard 59-411, MIL-STD 461, and RTCA DO 160/ED 14, and how testing is performed and reported. It enables manufacturers and suppliers to prepare all necessary information and their equipment ready for the test.

TÜV SÜD additionally offers the opportunity to deliver this training as a dedicated in-house course, delivered solely to your organisation to meet your needs and requirements. To receive a quote and find out more information, please contact us at [email protected]

Course Benefits

This course is delivered by one of TÜV SÜD's leading industry experts who have leading knowledge from their decades of experience. TÜV SÜD’s small class sizes enhance the trainer-delegate relationship to ensure our delegates leave with confidence in the knowledge they have acquired throughout the training course and includes a globally recognised TÜV SÜD certificate upon completion.

All of our physical classrooms come with refreshments and lunch as standard.

Who will benefit?

  • Compliance engineers
  • Electrical/electronic engineers

Involved in the design, development, testing and production of defence and avionics electrical and electronic equipment.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the fundamentals of EMC and the electromagnetic environment
  • Familiarisation with avionics standard RTCA DO-160, Defence Standard 59-411 and MIL-STD-461.
  • Understand EMC general test requirements for screened room test facilities and test setup.
  • Understand the purpose and content of an EMC test plan.
  • Familiarisation with the purpose and content of an EMC test report and the meaning of test results.
  • Familiarisation with investigating EMC test failures, modifications and concessions and waivers.
  • Familiarisation with the risk assessment process for COTS and MOTS.

Familiarisation with EMC tests and trials in terms of test requirements, test equipment and test set-up.

Course Agendas

  • Overview of EMC: Coupling mechanisms, sources of interference, effects of electromagnetic interference, nature of interference, EMC phenomena.
  • Overview of Standards: RTCA DO 160, MIL STD 461, DEF STAN 59-411, and related standards.
  • EMC General Test Requirements: Test facilities, test layouts.
  • Contents of a Test Plan: Test documentation, impact on project cost and timescale, generic content, preparation for test.
  • Interpretation of Emission & Susceptibility Test Results: Test report content. Test results and their meaning.
  • Test Failures: Test setup causes, source and coupling identification, typical EMC fixes; grounding, filtering, cables and connectors, shielding, modification retest, concessions, and waivers.
  • Risk Assessment, COTS/MOTS: Risk assessment process, read across of test evidence and gap analysis.

EMC Test & Trials Requirements: Conducted and radiated emission and susceptibility tests including test requirement and set-up, platform trials.


Instructor-led training course.

Upon completion, you will receive your globally recognised TÜV SÜD certificate on EMC Compliance for Military and Avionics.

Learning Assessments

Class exercises 

Trainer BIO

Peter Dorey, Principal Consultant, TÜV SÜD

Peter Dorey joined TÜV SÜD in 1977 (previously a Siemens Plessey company). Specialised in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and TEMPEST secure product certification. From 2000 to date Peter has worked as a consultant providing and developing consultancy and training services for the defence, aerospace, rail, and industry sectors. Preparation of project documentation including control plans, test plans, gap analysis tools, and risk assessments.


Payment options depend on delivery method of the course:

  • E-learning courses - select credit card payment on checkout.
  • Instructor-led/public courses - currently payable by invoice only.


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