Bill Walker

Master IPC Trainer

Bill specializes in the performance and instruction of micro-miniature soldering and laminate re-work and contributes over 17 years of training experience in beginning through advanced soldering , basic electronics theory and troubleshooting, and individual wire and harness repair techniques.

Bill is a Master IPC Trainer in the following courses:

  • IPC J-STD-001 Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies
  • IPC-A-610 Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies
  • IPC 7711/7721 Rework and Repair of Electronic Assemblies
  • IPC-A-600 Acceptability of Printed Circuit Boards

Bill is a Certified IPC Trainer in the following courses:

  • IPC/WHMA-A-620 Acceptability of Wire and Cable Assemblies

Bill is retired from the United States Air Force where he was certified as a micro-miniature circuit card repair technician and repair program manager for the last 7 years. He was also a master instructor for 7 years with the Community College of the Air Force for soldering, wire harness repair, and F-16, F-111, F-15 armament systems courses. He received a bachelors degree in professional aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and has an additional associates degree as an Instructor of Technology and Military Science along with his Occupational Instructor Certificate from the Community College of the Air Force.

Bill is well versed in instructional system design and can custom tailor instruction to cover your specific or unique training requirements and build process specific training programs to meet your needs.

Don McFarland

Master IPC Trainer

Don McFarland has over 10 years of management in Electronics Manufacturing Services experience in Quality, Compliance and Reliability Assurance. He has been involved in development, manufacturing, and inspections for products built for a variety of industries (e.g. military/defense, space flight, commercial aviation, commercial, medical device, ruggedized communication, automotive, and more). Additionally, Mr. McFarland has actively served on IPC committees for the revisions of IPC-A-610 and J-STD-001ad authored some criteria included in the latest revisions, giving him some additional insight on the background to the requirements. His vast knowledge of process equipment and assembly techniques, combined with his outgoing and personable teaching style, has been shown to ensure that attendees can both pass the testing and retain the information that is needed to be successful!

He is currently certified as a Master IPC Trainer (MIT) in:

  • IPC-A-610
  • IPC/WHMA-A-620
  • IPC J-STD-001
  • IPC J-STD-001 Space Hardware Addendum

He is also a trained and renowned expert in:

  • Electro-Static Discharge (ESD)
  • RoHS / Weee, REACH, LF Soldering, SnPb Soldering, Mechanical Assembly, and various other EMS topics
  • Quality Management System Development and Auditing (ISO 9001, ISO13485, AS9100, AS9110, AS91210)
  • Environmental and Safety Management Systems Development and Auditing
  • Quality Engineering, Failure Analysis, and Process Improvement Methodologies

Dorothy Cornell

Quality & Education Director

Dorothy is an ASQ certified Quality Auditor and IPC Master Instructor with 30+ years experience in training, course development and quality assurance. She brings a wealth of knowledge and ability to the Blackfox team.

Dorothy started with Blackfox when the company was founded in 1996 and has been a valued part of the Blackfox Management team ever since. Dorothy has experience in all areas of the manufacturing process and has completed many additional training courses relating to Manufacturing Concepts, Team Building, Problem Solving, and Process Control.

She has worked closely with many Sr. Management clients and is well respected in the industry for her knowledge, ease to work with, and professional manner in which she handles every assignment.

As the Quality & Education Director, Dorothy wears many hats. She is responsible for the following areas:

  • Courseware Research & Development
  • Internal and External Product/Program audits
  • Educational Services and Program Management
  • Technical Sales Advisor
  • Quality Systems Management

With her original way of “thinking outside the box”, creativity, enthusiasm, and dedication to customer relations, Dorothy provides our customers with unique solutions tailored to their specific requirements.

Dotty Cibella

Master IPC Trainer

Dotty is a Master IPC Trainer in the following courses:

  • IPC J-STD-001 Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies
  • IPC-A-610 Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies
  • IPC 7711/7721 Rework and Repair of Electronic Assemblies
  • IPC/WHMA-A-620 Acceptability of Wire and Cable Harness Assemblies

Dotty has worked as a Trainer, Source Inspector, Auditor, Final and In-Process Inspector for companies such as General Dynamics and Motorola. She has extensive knowledge on the MIL-STD 750 and MIL-STD 883 documents and has created a class for several of the methods outlined in those documents.

Gary Roper

Master IPC Trainer and ASQ Certified Quality Auditor

Gary has received Trainer certification from Blackfox since 2003 and has worked as a Blackfox Trainer since 2007, teaching the following:

  • IPC-A-600 MIT
  • IPC-A-610 MIT
  • IPC-A-620 MIT
  • IPC J-STD-001 MIT
  • IPC 7711/7721 MIT

Gary has also taught:

  • Micro-section preparation and reading (to IPC-TM-650, 2.1.1 and, IPC 6012, IPC-A-600)
  • Qualification and Performance of Printed Boards (to IPC 6010 series including IPC 6012 Rigid Printed Boards, IPC 6013 Flex Printed Boards and IPC 6018 Microwave End Product Board Inspection and Testing)
  • Assembled Board Inspection
  • SMT hand soldering
  • Internal Auditor Training (to ISO9001:2008 and AS9100 Rev B and Rev C)
  • Statistical Process Control fundamentals (to IPC 9191 with Printed Board process examples)

With teaching experience at the secondary and community college level and over 30 years of quality, production and engineering management experience in the electronics industry Gary is uniquely prepared guide attendees successful completion of IPC training with an elevated understanding of the relationship between quality characteristics manufacturing process. Gary has been an active member of IPC committees since 1993.

  • Master of Arts, University of Texas, Arlington:
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Texas, Arlington:
    Mathematics, second teaching field Chemistry
  • Previously held Certifications include:
    Certified Quality Engineer, ASQ
    Certified Quality Manager, ASQ

George Tristan

Master IPC Trainer

George brings a wealth of experience in Electronics Technologies to the Blackfox Training Institute; his career in the industry began while serving in the US Marine Corps as an Aviation Electronics Technician. His last assignment prior to transitioning to the civilian workforce was as a Technical Instructor teaching Analog and Digital Circuits theory and component level troubleshooting.

That experience provided the foundation for a career spanning over 30 years working for major Test Equipment Manufacturers such as Tektronix, Hewlett-Packard and Agilent-Technologies. There he developed a comprehensive background in Electronics Manufacturing, accepting roles and responsibilities in Testing, PCB Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Sales, Service and over 10 years as a Technical Instructor. His most recent assignment was at Micro-Coax, Inc., specializing in RF/Microwave cable assembly, harness manufacturing and J-STD-001/Space certification training.

George possess a genuine passion for the educational process, he takes a vested interest in the success of each student entrusted to him. He brings a professional yet personable approach to class each day, and has the sincere desire to deliver an intrinsically valuable and enjoyable learning experience, that will advance the goals of the Industry Professionals he is privileged to serve.

George is a Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) for the following programs:

  • IPC-A-600 Acceptability of Printed Boards
  • IPC/WHMA-A-620 Acceptability of Wire and Cable Harness Assemblies
  • IPC-A-610 Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies

George is a Master IPC Trainer (MIT) for the following programs:

  • IPC J-STD-001 Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies
  • IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum

Jamie Noland

Master IPC Trainer; Marketing & IT Manager

Mr. Noland has extensive work history in the Electronics Manufacturing and Information Technology industries. He has over 20 years of very well-rounded experience working as: IPC Trainer, Manufacturing Technologist, Process Engineer, Website Developer, IT Manager, Marketing Manager, Manufacturing Scheduling and Production Supervisor. Before Blackfox, Jamie has worked for Hewlett Packard, Celestica, Merix and Hach. As a Master IPC Trainer in all IPC Certification programs, Mr. Noland strongly believes that manufacturing is the key to America’s economy and truly enjoys the chance to pass on his experiences and knowledge to other manufacturing professionals.

Mr. Noland holds the following certifications:

  • IPC-A-610 Master IPC Trainer
  • J-STD-001 Master IPC Trainer
  • J-STD-001 Space Hardware Master IPC Trainer
  • IPC 7711/7721 Master IPC Trainer
  • IPC-A-600 Master IPC Trainer
  • IPC-6012 Master IPC Trainer
  • IPC/WHMA-A-620 Master IPC Trainer
  • IPC/WHMA-A-620 Space Hardware Master IPC Trainer
  • ESD, Lead-Free and Tin-Lead Soldering Master Trainer

Jamie has in-depth experience and knowledge in many different facets of electronics manufacturing and PCB fabrication including Surface Mount processes, Through-Hole and Mixed Technology processes, Testing operations such as ICT/Functional, final Box Build assembly processes and Bare Board Fabrication processes. He has the unique ability to see the “Big Picture” from start to finish in all aspects of electronics manufacturing and find ways to increase efficiency while constantly improving quality and reducing cost.

Linda Tucker

Master IPC Trainer

Linda has been an IPC Master
Instructor and Certified IPC Trainer since 1997 for the following standards:

  • IPC-A-600 CIT
  • IPC-A-610 MIT
  • IPC-A- 620 MIT
  • IPC 7711/7721 MIT
  • IPC-J-STD-001 MIT

Linda is an accredited Instructor through Mountain States Employers Council, a Certified Instructor for Human Synergistic, a graduate of Pikes Creative Training and Cavendish Scott. Linda is also a Qualified Instructor in:

  • TH & SM Soldering
  • Rework & Repair
  • TH & SM Component Identification
  • ESD
  • Cable and Wire Harness Assembly

“I have been involved in the Electronic Manufacturing Industry for many years, and bring my experience from both OEM and Contract Manufacturing plus many years of training development, coordination and presentation skills to the Blackfox Training Team. Training is my passion and I look forward to assisting your training endeavors.

Andrew Peter Brown

Master IPC Instructor

A seasoned and experience electronics engineer, who has travelled extensively in Australia and overseas, to provide support and training to companies and government institutions. (Including Australian Defence Force).


  • Greystanes High School in Sydney Australia 1978
  • Sydney Technical & Further Education College – Major in Electronics Engineering 1982
  • Certified to IPC 600, 610, 620, 7711/7721, J-STD-001


  • 1981 – 1983 Service Engineer in Tandy Electronics, (Radio Shack)
  • 1984 – 1987 Manager Service Department Tandy Electronics, (Radio Shack), responsible for five service technicians and a customer service operator.
  • 1987 – 1991 Service Manager for the Australian distributor of PACE INCORPORATED, a USA based manufacturer of soldering and rework equipment. Attended specialist-training courses and enhanced my skills in servicing of capital equipment, including SMT Pick & Place Machines, Solder Reflow Ovens and SMT Rework Equipment. Started the PACE “TOOL BOX” courses in Australia, which involved “hands on” training of operators in various aspects of hand solder repair and rework. Helped design, implement and run hand solder courses for the Australian Department of Defence and other Government Institutions, and travelled extensively throughout Australia training operators, in various electronics manufacturing companies.
  • 1991-1995 Retuned to Sydney Technical & Further Education College, in order to help establish a specialist-training course for electronics students. The course involved diagnosing faults in electronic equipment and establishing the correct methods
    and procedures for repair. Students were encouraged to undertake board repair using diagnostic equipment and complete the repair using hand-soldering techniques.
  • 1996 – 2006 Self-employed as the PACE distributor in Australia and New Zealand
  • 2007 – To date Returned to the industrial world and joined Chemtools Pty Ltd as a Sales Engineer and Maintenance & Service Manager. Responsibilities include support and repair of all production equipment and warranty repair on all OK International and Thermaltronics equipment sold into the Australian and New Zealand market. In 2010, I helped establish an IPC Training Centre at Chemtools. This is a “classroom” environment
    with facilities to train up to 10 technicians at one time and includes all the necessary solder and rework equipment. Courses are also run at customer sites throughout Australia and New Zealand. In addition, as I now have clearance in certain Australian military establishments, I undertake training of servicemen/women in both hand soldering and ESD awareness.


  • Passionate about all aspects of electronics and get great enjoyment from solving problems with equipment or circuit boards. Also, enjoy my electronics-teaching role and find that meeting new people helps expand my understanding.

Steve Fribbins


Vince Price

Master IPC Trainer

With 24 years of Electronic Manufacturing experience in the Military, Medical and Gas and Oil industries, Vince brings a wealth of knowledge to the Blackfox team. His experience includes Production Management, Quality Management, Purchasing and IPC Certification Training. Vince has been a long time customer of Blackfox and now has joined our team as the AZ Facilities Manager. Vince is currently certified as a Master IPC Trainer (MIT) in:.

  • IPC-A-610
  • IPC-A-620
  • J-STD-001
  • IPC 7711/7721

Vince is experienced in all aspects of the Manufacturing process to include PCB Fabrication, Circuit Card Assembly (T/H & SMT), Box Build and Cable and Wire Harness Assembly.

In addition to the above his training experience includes:

  • (ESD) Electrostatic Discharge
  • Tin-Lead, Lead Free and HMP hand soldering

Wayne Leong Fook Seng

Qualifications and Work Experiences:

Mr Leong graduated with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. He is a certified Master Trainer with Blackfox Premier Training & Certification in the followings:

  • IPC-A-600
  • IPC-A-610
  • IPC/WHMA-A-620
  • Advanced Certificate in Training & Assessment

During his 38 years of employment with various multi-national companies (MNC) and local organizations, he had experiences in equipments and fixtures design, automation, manufacturing of multi-layers printed circuit boards, printed circuit board assemblies, manufacturing of consumer products, plastic injection molding and etc.

He had successfully responsible and involving in setting up and implementing AS 9100 quality management programs in 2 companies. 1 company doing printed circuit-board assembly and the other doing precision machining for avionics products.

He had also obtained from the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications:

Training and Consultancy Services

As of to-date, he has trained more than 700 engineers and managerial level from various industries levels to-date in IPC-A-600 / 610 / 620.

He has also trained 5 batches of engineers in mandarin, including 2 batches from Mainland China.

Francine Danforth

Qualifications and Work Experiences:

Francine Danforth has over 35 years experience in the Electronic Manufacturing Industry.
Has been an Certified IPC Trainer since 1999.

She has experience in:

  • Cabinet, Module/Box Build, and Circuit Card Assembly, including Rework and Modifications, along with Cable and Wire Harness assembly
  • In-Process, Final and Source Inspection.
  • knowledge of the NASA 8739.2 and .3 specifications

Francine is certified as a Master IPC Trainer (MIT) in:J-STD-001
J-STD-001 Space Addendum

Certified IPC Trainer (CIT):
IPC 7711/7721 Rework and Repair

In addition training experience includes:
Tin-Lead, Lead Free hand soldering.
Basic Cable crimping and Wire Harness