OrCAD is a proprietary software tool suite used primarily for electronic design automation (EDA). The software is used mainly by electronic design engineers and electronic technicians to create electronic schematics and electronic prints for manufacturing printed circuit boards.The ideal PCB design starts with the discovery that a PCB is needed and continues through the final production boards.. The PCBs hold the ICs and other components and implement the interconnections between them.

OrCAD is a suite of products for EDA, and it includes




What's the course about

Virtually every electronic product is constructed with one or more printed-circuit boards (PCBs).OrCAD is a suite,it includes OrCAD Capture,OrCAD PCB Editor and OrCAD PSpice.

OrCAD Capture is the industry standard solution for designing and developing PCBs because of its intuitive schematic editing, project management, extensive compatibility, and cost effectiveness.

OrCAD PCB Editor contains full-featured PCB editor based on Allegro technology. Its extensive feature set addresses a wide range of today's design challenges and manufacturability concerns such as intelligent placement and routing, constraint management, creating dynamic shapes, and design reuse.

PSpice is a SPICE analog circuit and digital logic simulation program. PSpice processes circuits and executes simulation. PSpice creates an output file to store the simulation results. PSpice supports the following types of analyses: DC Analysis - for circuits with time-invariant sources. It calculates all nodal voltages and branch currents over a range of values; Transient Analysis - for circuits with time variant sources. It calculates all nodes voltages and branch currents over a time interval and their instantaneous values are the outputs; and AC Analysis - for small signal analysis of circuits with sources of varying frequencies. It calculates the magnitudes and phase angles of all nodal voltages and branch currents over a range of frequencies.

Course objectives

The course imparts sound understanding of the fundamentals of this software and highlights how design processes can be accelerated and project costs lowered by using OrCAD Capture. The course makes students adept at using all key features of the software - engineers can analyze and explore circuit performance and functional relationships with "what if" scenarios and simulate complex mixed-signal designs.

The course equips students in the area of design implementation for multi-layer PCBs, various aspects of routing, scripting, component placement, spacing constraints and manufacturing file creation using PCB Editor. It teaches how to maximize productivity with interactive etch editing; ensure rules compliance, reduce errors and improve product quality with advanced 3D design, and create dynamic shapes, and reuse or retarget circuity from the same design or across designs.

The course deals with PSpice netlist creation, circuit simulation, analysis and design validation of analogue, digital and mixed signal circuits and with design optimization techniques. It trains students to analyze and explore circuit performance and functional relationships with "what if" scenarios and simulate complex mixed-signal designs.

Key course content

OrCAD Capture

Schematic Development

Property Editor

Part Editor

Net Alias

Multiple Schematic Page Project (off page connector)

Multiple Schematic Folder Project (Simple & Complex Hierarchy)

Component Information System (CIS)


Bill of material report generation

Cross Reference parts report generation

OrCAD PCB Editor

Schematic Modification for PCB Design

Physical rule check

Pad Designer

Package Symbol & Package symbol wizard

Template board file creation

PCB Editor Netlist creation

Constraint Manager

Component Placing


Artwork/Gerber file creation

Plot Generation

OrCAD PSpice

Design Rule Check (DRC)

PSpice Netlist creation

Stimulus Editor

Bias point Analysis

Transient Analysis1

DC sweep Analysis

AC sweep Analysis

Parametric Analysis

Temperature sweep analysis

Monte Carlo/Worst case Analysis


Who can enroll

Students pursuing their Bachelors, Diploma or Masters in ECE, EEE, E&I and industry professionals.

Job opportunities

PCB Designer, Design Engineer - PCB, Technical Lead - PCB Layout, Design Engineer - Electronics, Project Leader - Electronics, Hardware Engineer, Lead Engineer - Motor Design are some of the jobs available for students at electronic and hardware manufacturing companies.