Skilled staff, working to internationally defined standards, are the hallmark of many successful businesses. This is no less true for electronics manufacturing than for any other industry.

Train your staff based on the recommended standards of the electronics industry more quickly and confidently, reducing design, manufacturing and testing times. Once completed one or more of our practical training courses, staff will become more atuned to deciphering their own errors or mistakes, ensuring that products on the line will never fail.

The Electronics Group is the premier training organisation for IPC and Practical Skills Training. Unique in the UK, our team hold some of the highest training qualifications available and we back up our training with access to world class equipment and technology.

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PRACTICAL SKILLS COURSE LIST

Introduction to Through-Hole Hand Soldering – one day

Occasional shortcuts and ‘make-dos’ can often become the routine method for even the most experienced staff. Unfortunately, ‘on-the-job’ training can often compound rudimentary habits, and it is often the case that out-of-date or, sometimes, just bad practices can be passed on, leading to a high level of costly reworking and lowered production yields. Simple errors can lead to catastrophic and expensive failures, therefore learning the correct techniques for soldering and placing components from the outset will, assuredly, lead to less errors, less rework and quicker throughput, saving time and money.

This course has been designed for staff new to soldering and is ideally followed by The Electronics Group’s  Advanced through-hole hand soldering (includes reworking techniques) course for enhancing skills and understanding.

Course overview

This one-day introductory course provides basic skills in carrying out hand-soldering as well as enabling staff to recognise and place frequently used components.

The course demonstrates good practice and teaches the skills applicable to hand soldering to those new to the industry, as well as showing how components are recognised and positioned. It is very much a ‘how to’ course designed for staff new to soldering and the knowledge gained is, essentially, understanding soldering practices and recognising the quality of a finished soldered connection. The course is also useful for established staff who may require upskilling to acquire today’s best-practice soldering techniques.

Subjects covered include:

  •  Practical soldering skills
  • Introduction to frequently-used components
  • Use of tools and equipment
  • Fitting components to printed circuit boards (PCBs)
  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD) procedures and ‘zaps’
  • Health & Safety in the workshop

On completion of the course attendees will receive an  Electronics Group Certificate of Attendance. Completion of the course also establishes a sound basis for attending The Electronics Group’s Advanced Through-Hole Hand Soldering (includes reworking techniques) course for advancing skills and understanding.

Who should attend?

Those new to electronics manufacturing at the start of their careers will benefit from this course, as will anyone looking to improve their expertise and skills levels through exposure to best practice techniques.
This course leads to The Electronics Group’s Advanced Through-Hole Hand Soldering (includes reworking techniques) course for advancing skills and understanding.

Further details

Introduction to Through-Hole Hand Soldering is 1 day.

Training at your premises

Many courses can be delivered on-site, depending on facilities and equipment available for training. Contact us for information on The Electronics Group courses being delivered at your premises.

Electronics Yorkshire Members are automatically upgraded to become full members of The Electronics Group and as a result, undertaking training at our Leeds centre receives a 10% discount on training costs.

Students should have the necessary standard of knowledge and experience to support their attendance on a course. If students have any concerns about qualification to attend any course they should contact The Electronics Group’s training staff in advance for advice.

Advanced Through-Hole Hand Soldering (including reworking techniques) – two days

Through hole solderingOver two days, either consecutively or separately, this more advanced soldering course will develop the skills and understanding pinned down in The Electronics Group’s Introduction to Through-Hole Hand Soldering course. The course teaches the knowledge and skills to carry out hand forming, cutting and hand soldering on a variety of PCB finishes, and also includes reworking techniques. An important feature is that it enables staff to recognise and rework faults arising from the standard assembly soldering process.

Course overview

The course, which follows on from Electronics Yorkshire’s Introduction to Through-Hole Hand Soldering Course, provides the knowledge and skills to carry out hand-soldering processes as well as enabling staff to recognise and rework any soldering faults relating to the standard assembly soldering process. The knowledge gained is, essentially, understanding and applying soldering techniques, recognition of soldering faults, the ability to rectify them and a thorough understanding of the quality of finished product. Component reworking is also a key feature of the course.

The regular techniques of soldering are explained, along with the need for, and application of, flux. Typical faults are identified and methods of rectifying them are explained. Types of PCB finishes are discussed and used on the practical element of the course, whilst different types of soldering irons and stations are also covered. All of this detail ensures that each student receives a broad range of experiences.

Subjects covered and Student assessment

Subjects covered include:

Day 1

•    Soldering skills and workshop practice
•    Soldering irons and methods
•    Solder composition types and fluxes
•    Electrostatic discharge
•    PCB Types and Construction

Day 2

•    Component reworking theory
•    Practical reworking skills and techniques
•    Vacuum de-soldering, de-solder pumps and solder wick

Students attending Day 1 only will be awarded The Electronics Group’s Certificate of Attendance.
Those also attending Day 2 will receive The Electronics Group’s Soldering Course Certificate upon satisfactory completion of an examination, as well as having the opportunity to take an IPC course of study and receive the IPC Hand Soldering for Through-Hole Components DVD-42/43C certificate – an industry-recognised hand soldering certification for operators and assembly technicians. The IPC programme is divided into five sections: Preparation; Materials; Soldering; Cleaning; and Workmanship Standards; and includes pretesting, section review questions, and a final certification test to ensure that participants understand and retain the required background knowledge for hands-on training.

Who should attend?

Those with sound basic soldering skills involved in electronics manufacture looking to develop their skills to a more advanced level will benefit from attending either one or both days. The Electronics Group’s Introduction to Through-Hole Hand Soldering course will provide a useful introduction to this study.

What is included?

All course materials are included together with a light lunch and all refreshments during the day.

For current prices of all courses, contact Electronics Yorkshire on 0800 610 1601.

Full member companies of Electronics Yorkshire will be upgraded to become members of The Electronics Group and benefit from a 10% off prices. Discounts are also available for multiple bookings.
If, within seven days of the course commencement date, there are insufficient students booked onto this course, The Electronics Group maintains the right to cancel and offer alternative dates.

Where and when?

The Electronics Group
Airedale House
Clayton Wood Rise
Leeds
LS16 6RF

Training at your premises

Many courses can be delivered on-site, depending on facilities and equipment available for training. Contact us for information courses being delivered at your premises.

Introduction to Soldering Surface Mount Devices – one day

For many staff, moving from conventional through-hole soldering to working with surface mount components can appear daunting. New techniques are required and new skills have to be mastered. This course will raise the confidence of staff approaching working with surface mount devices for the first time as well as ensure that more experienced staff are applying the correct techniques to avoid costly failures.

The course has been designed for staff unfamiliar or new to soldering SMDs as well as anyone looking to improve their knowledge and is, ideally, followed by The Electronics Group’s Advanced Soldering Surface Mount Devices (includes reworking techniques) course for enhancing skills and understanding.

Course overview

This one day introductory course provides basic skills in carrying out hand-soldering for mounting surface mount devices up to QFPs. The knowledge gained is, essentially, understanding and applying soldering techniques and recognising the quality of the finished soldered connection.

Following an introduction to the components involved and basic workshop practices, this course provides practical skills in mounting surface mount devices.

Components which are new to the industry are covered in this course.

Subjects covered include:

  • Workshop practices
  • Introduction to surface mount devices (SMDs)
  • Fundamentals of soldering SMDs
  • Types of printed circuit boards (PCBs) and related practices
  • Tools and equipment
  • Practical soldering skills

On completion of the course attendees will receive The Electronics Group’s Certificate of Attendance. Completion of the course provides an excellent basis for students to move on to The Electronics Group’s two-day Advanced Hand Soldering of Surface Mount Devices (includes reworking techniques) course.

Who should attend?

Both those new to mounting surface mount devices  as well as those with practical experience in this field looking to sharpen their skills through exposure to best practice techniques will benefit from this course.
This course leads on to The Electronics Group’s Advanced Soldering of Surface Mount Devices (includes reworking techniques) course for advancing skills and understanding.

Further details

Introduction to Soldering Surface Mount Devices is 1 day.

Training at your premises

Many courses can be delivered on-site, depending on facilities and equipment available for training. Contact us for information on The Electronics Group courses being delivered at your premises.

Electronics Yorkshire Members are automatically upgraded to become full members of The Electronics Group and as a result, undertaking training at our Leeds centre receives a 10% discount on training costs.

Students should have the necessary standard of knowledge and experience to support their attendance on a course. If students have any concerns about qualification to attend any course they should contact The Electronics Group’s training staff in advance for advice.

Advanced hand soldering of surface mount devices (includes reworking techniques) – two days

It is important that staff who are involved in rework of PCBs know how to replace surface mount components successfully – getting it right first time, every time; and this course provides students with the practical skills needed for the reworking of such surface-mounted devices.

Course overview

The course, which follows on from The Electronics Group’s Introduction to hand soldering of surface mount devices course, explores the use of a range of soldering processes including hot air, infra-red and solder paste and, when hand soldering, soldering iron use and using different gauges of solder wire, enabling staff to achieve the correct volume of solder for the type of connection.

Using a number of techniques, boards are prepared and soldered with lead-free solder and solder paste as well as leaded. A variety of solder compositions are used to ensure students have first-hand knowledge of the qualities and attributes of different solders.

The components used on this course range from chips to SOTs, SOICs, MELFs and gull wing quad flat packs, including J-lead packages. We discuss and demonstrate techniques for the safe removal of mis-aligned components, board clean-up or preparation and then the onsertion of the new device. These techniques are also suitable for prototype circuit building.

Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis of visual faults that occur when reworking this range of components; these include dry joints, icicles, blow holes, insufficient as well as excessive solder, de-wetting, non-wetting, tombstoning and misplacement. ESD implications are also discussed with respect to handling, storage and packaging.

Whilst visual inspection of a soldered joint is normally carried out between 4x and 10x magnification, some faults are examined at a greater magnification to enable to student to fully appreciate the issues involved in the defect. X-ray images are therefore also used to show how voiding can affect the quality of a connection.

Subjects covered and Student assessments

Subjects covered include:

•    Workshop practices
•    Component recognition
•    Soldering and removal of CHIP, SOT, SOIC, QFP, and J-lead components
•    Identification of typical faults by reference to quality standards

Assessments at the end of the areas covered will result in The Electronics Group’s certificate of success being awarded to candidates who achieve the required standard. Within this programme students will also be able to take an IPC course of study and receive the IPC Lead Free Surface Mount Rework DVD-67C certificate on successful completion of that course. (Other related IPC short courses of study may also be added*)

Who should attend?

Those with practical experience of soldering surface mount devices (SMDs) but who need to enhance their skills and understanding, or move on to working with more complex components, will benefit from this course.
Previous attendance at The Electronics Group’s Introduction to hand soldering of surface mount devices course is advisable but not essential for those with existing experience.

What is included?

All course materials are included together with a light lunch and all refreshments during the day.

Full member companies of Electronics Yorkshire remain members of The Electronics Group and will still benefit from a 10% discount off prices.
If, within seven days of the course commencement date, there are insufficient students booked onto this course, The Electronics Group maintains the right to cancel and offer alternative dates.

Cancellation and postponement details can be found in our Terms and Conditions.

The Electronics Group
Airedale House
Clayton Wood Rise
Leeds
LS16 6RF

Training at your premises

Many courses can be delivered on-site, depending on facilities and equipment available for training. Contact us for information on The Electronics Group courses being delivered at your premises.

Understand the dangers of Electro-Static Discharge (ESD) and Electro-static Over-stress (EOS) – one day

ESD station at Electronics Yorkshire

As portable equipment, such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets, are getting smaller, with more functions being added, the operation voltages for components are becoming much lower. In these circumstances, whether building or repairing such equipment, avoiding the dangers of ESD/EOS is essential.

ESD/EOS is a major cause of damage to electronics components. This course ensures staff understand how ESD is the unseen enemy, why it must be eliminated and what steps need to be taken to prevent catastrophe.

Course overview

People working in any electronics manufacturing organisation must be able to take appropriate steps to avoid static charge and this course explains:

  • What ESD/EOS is and how it can affect electronic components and products
  • The types of components that can be affected by an electro-static charge
  • What an ESD protected area is
  • What precautions must be taken to help eliminate the risk of damage from ESD/EOS

Assessments at the end of the areas covered will result in The Electronics Group certificate of success being awarded to candidates who achieve the required standard. Within this programme students will also be able to take an IPC course of study and receive the IPCESD Control DVD-54C certificate on successful completion of that course

Who should attend?

Anyone associated with manufacturing, production or repair of electronics equipment.

What is included?

All course materials are included together with a light lunch and all refreshments during the day.

Full member companies of Electronics Yorkshire remain members of The Electronics Group and receive a 10% discount from rates.
If, within seven days of the course commencement date, there are insufficient students booked onto this course, The Electronics Group maintains the right to cancel and offer alternative dates.

Where and when?

The Electronics Group
Airedale House
Clayton Wood Rise
Leeds
LS16 6RF

Training at your premises

Many courses can be delivered on-site, depending on facilities and equipment available for training. Contact us for information on The Electronics Group’s courses being delivered at your premises.

Cable, Wire Terminations and Harness Assembly Practical Skills Course- four days

Crimp testing at Electronics Yorkshire

This course is essential for anyone working with cables and harnesses in whatever industry sector and provides practical support to the IPC/WHMA-A-620.

Course overview

The content of the course is formed around the procedures of cable preparation, hand crimping, soldering terminations and connectors to cable. The course also includes cables specification and the methods of wrapping cables into the loom, as well as the installation of the loom into products and enclosures.

All the topics covered are backed by practical work; whilst quality and simple test procedures are also outlined. At the end of the course each student will have acquired the skills and knowledge to prepare cables for use in cable loom and harness assemblies.

Assessments at the end of the areas covered will result in The Electronics Group pass certificate being awarded to candidates who achieve the required standard. Within this programme students will also be able to take an IPC course of study and receive the IPC Wire Harness Assembly Methods DVD 56-C certificate on successful completion of that course.

Who should attend?

Anyone working with cables and harnesses in all industry sectors.

What is included?

All course materials are included together with a light lunch and all refreshments during the day.

Full member companies of Electronics Yorkshire will remain members of The Electronics Group and receive benefit from a 10% discount off training rates.
If, within seven days of the course commencement date, there are insufficient students booked onto this course, The Electronics Group maintains the right to cancel and offer alternative dates.

Where and when?

The Electronics Group
Airedale House
Clayton Wood Rise
Leeds
LS16 6RF

Training at your premises

Many courses can be delivered on-site, depending on facilities and equipment available for training. Contact us for information on The Electronics Group courses being delivered at your premises.