Any Electrical Engineers here? I'd like to build a device with the following features: 1. Serial I/O controlled 2. Switches relays on/off (for fluorescent lighting & other 120V loads) 3. Switches dimming circuits on/off & adjusts dim levels (for incandescent lighting) 4. Ideally, allows queries & reports status of all relays & dimming circuits. My experience: 1. I can program in any language with a little documentation. 2. I can solder. 3. I can sometimes make sense of _very_basic_ schematics. 4. That's about it. My questions: 1. What do I need to learn? 2. Where can I learn it, or otherwise get a "crash course" in IC design, programming & construction? Taking a course at my local college is not out of the question, assuming I can find one that will get me some hands-on experience (I'm not very hopeful). Thank you!!