Field Electronics and Sensors

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An introduction to electronics and sensors for field technicians and researchers.


The next course will run in the period Sep - Dec 2019 subject to demand. Please register your interest for any location.


CEH Wallingford, Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BB Location map & travel directions

CEH Lancaster or CEH Bangor

We may be able to offer this course in Wallingford, Bangor or Lancaster later in 2019 subject to demand. Please register your interest for any location.


£ 269 (regular, Early Bird, then £299) 

£199 (Student Early Bird, then £229) 

Short Course Description:

This one-day course will give you an introduction to electronics as applied to environmental sensors in the field. It includes theoretical background knowledge essential to making the correct decisions in the field. It will give you the practical skills to troubleshoot and repair equipment in the field.

Course Objectives:

  • Reviewed basic principles of electronic circuits and the relationship between voltage, current and resistance
  • Understanding of theory through practical exercises
  • Exploration of components used in field installations, including solar panels, batteries, cables and connectors.
  • Learn the use of a multi-meter and the safe use of a soldering iron to troubleshoot and repair simple circuits
  • Learn how to protect cables and components from the elements
  • Practice knowledge in an exercise assembling and testing a simple electronic sensing circuit such as a moisture detector.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, you will be familiar with the basic principles of electronic circuits and their application in the field.  You will be able to troubleshoot and repair equipment in the field.


The cost of accommodation is not included in the course fee. Please see our guide to accommodation near CEH Wallingford.


12 places


Beginner/ Intermediate

Course Leader:

Milo Brooks, Technical Development and Field Instrumentation Engineer Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

Milo has worked for CEH as a field engineer for nine years.  He has installed and maintained a wide variety of outdoor installations from water quality sensors to eddy covariance systems.  He is part of the field engineering team for the COSMOS-UK soil moisture monitoring network.

Target Audience:

  • Early and mid-career field technicians and researchers from organisations performing environmental measurements
  • UK Water companies
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Statutory agencies
  • PhD students