The soldering assignment is a basic soldering exercise that ensures all ECE 445 students understand how to solder surface-mount devices. Students will be provided with the necessary PCB, components, solder, flux, etc. A soldering workshop and/or soldering "office hours" will be held prior to the due date so that students without soldering experience can receive guidance from TAs. The details of the soldering assignment can be found in the assignment sheet.
Below is a series of soldering tutorials. The critical ingredient that you need to make your life easier while surface mount soldering (and through-hole too) is flux. There is liquid, water-soluble flux available in the lab. If you can't find it or don't know what it looks like, ask a TA for help.
Requirements and Grading
The soldering assignment is worth 10 points and is graded via inspection by a TA. Students are allowed to make as many attempts as necessary to complete the assignment.
Submission and Deadlines
The soldered PCB must be presented to a TA before the deadline listed on the Course Calendar.
Through-hole (THT) and surface-mount (SMD) soldering tutorial:
Tutorial on using the various types of flux:
Tutorial on using wick to remove solder:
Tutorial on using a heat gun: