Course Description

IPC/WHMA-A-620 Space addendum provides additional requirements over those published in the IPC/WHMA-A-620 to ensure the performance of cable and wire harness assemblies that must survive the vibration and thermal cyclic environments getting to and operating in space. This course is supported by actual cable building exercises and concludes with a qualifying examination.


The students will demonstrate the ability to build and install in a unit three complete cables. This will involve soldering, cup terminals, crimping, machine contacts, insulated lugs, IDC connections, wire splices, coax connectors, shield terminations, including routing using ty-raps/lacing cord, shielding–braid, shrink tubing and testing of the final product.

CSEs will obtain the knowledge to:

  • Reference the IPC/WHMA-A-620 standard to make acceptable/reject decisions
  • Correctly interpret the intent of the IPC/WHMA-A-620 Space addendum
  • Demonstrate hands on techniques in completing all skills included in this course including BOM and Blueprint instruction.

What is a CSE?

The Certified Standards Expert (CSE) is a subject matter professional with a high level of knowledge and understanding of a specific IPC standard or group of standards but doesn’t train students or teach IPC classes.

Each CSE Receives:

  • IPC/WHMA-A-620 Space Applications Electronic Hardware Addendum
  • NASA Grade Cable and Wire Harness kit for use during class

Upon satisfactory completion of all written and practical exams at an 80% or higher, participants will receive Certified Standards Expert (CSE) certification.

Prerequisite: Current IPC/WHMA-A-620 CIT certification

Class Length: 40 Hours