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Instructor Bios

Norman Mier Jr.

Norm - New Pic Norman is a U.S. Marine Corp. retired veteran with over 20 years of experience in the electronics rework and repair industry. He received his training through the Navy's Micro Miniature (2M) Electronic Repair Program. He has progressed through every level of rework and repair recognized in the industry. Norman has also earned the highest certifications awarded by IPC in electronics training, being certified as a Master Instructor in IPC A-610, IPC J-STD-001D, IPC/WHMA-A-620 and IPC 7711/7721.

He has worked through BEST for several electronics industry leaders and created tailored courses for their equipment. This also includes providing training to technicians and engineers in surface mount and advanced surface mount technology. The knowledge Norm has brought to these companies has been invaluable to their process improvement efforts. His skill has also been a major factor in keeping BEST training at the forefront in the electronics-training field. nmier@solder.net


James Barnhart

James - New PicJames Barnhart started as a 2M Miniature/Mico-miniature repair technician in 1986 and progressed to being an 'A' level instructor in the Navy's 2M program. He has worked in the electronics field since the mid 80's and trained many technicians in the repair of PCB's and was a trainer of new instructors for the Navy's 2M program. During his time as an instructor he was involved in the rewriting of the 2M courses and adding SMT repair techniques. He is a MIT in the IPC J-STD-001, IPC-A-610, IPC/WHMA-A-620, and IPC 7711/21 certifications. 


Jodi Johnson

Jodi comes to BEST with over 25 years of extensive soldering experience. She has worked in all areas of the electronics industry, from assembly to PCB rework/repair and inspection. Jodi brings excitement and personality to every class that she teaches. Whether she's teaching a beginner level course such as Soldering 101 or an advanced IPC course like IPC 7711/21, Jodi has the ability to bring her real world experiences to the classroom and relate to students on a personal level. Jodi is a MIT in the IPC J-STD-001, IPC-A-610, and IPC 7711/21 certifications. When Jodi isn't training, she's assisting the BEST in-house technicians with various rework projects and making improvements to the production processes at BEST. jjohnson@solder.net


Francisco Fourcade

Francisco FourcadeFrancisco is a bilingual, South American born instructor. He has been instructing students in English and Spanish for 5+ years, first with a well known soldering equipment supplier and then as an independent soldering consultant. Francisco has taught IPC classes in both English and Spanish. He has taught technicians at companies such as Motorola, Rockwell Collins, Lockheed Martin and Honeywell. Francisco is a MIT in the IPC J-STD-001, IPC-A-610, IPC/WHMA-A-620, and IPC 7711/21 certifications.  francisco@fourcad.com


Ruffin Blackard

Ruffin BlackhardRuffin spent the first 16 years of his career helping two small original equipment manufacturers support their products as their national service manager. He spent a few years as a systems engineer responsible for integrating barcode reading and tracking equipment into industrial manufacturing assembly lines. His first professional solder training came from Pace, Inc. in the mid 90's followed by a role as an IPC trainer at Circuit Technology. Ruffin assisted a local staffing company develop a solder training program to train workers so they could be very effective in their duties where the staffing agency placed them. He is certified in IPC J-STD-001, IPC-A-610, and IPC 7711/7721.  ruffin@circuitboardhandling.com