Soldering Assignment


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 the assignment sheet.

Below is a helpful video about surface mount soldering. The critical ingredient that you need to make your life easier while surface mount soldering 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 5 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.

Pocket Pedal - A Bluetooth Controlled Effects Box

Kaan Erel, Alexander Van Dorn, Jacob Waterman

Pocket Pedal - A Bluetooth Controlled Effects Box

Featured Project

Our idea is to make an inexpensive alternative to traditional pedal powered guitar effects boxes. Essentially, we hope to implement a single aftermarket effects box that can be remote controlled via a mobile app. This low-power, Bluetooth connected application can control the box to change effects on the go. The hardware within the effects box will be able to alter the guitar's signals to create different sounds like echoing, looping, and distortion effects (and possibly more). These effects will be implemented using analog circuits that we will design and construct to be controlled by an app on your phone.

This project eliminates the expensive buy-in for a guitarist hoping to sound like any number of famous musicians with multiple effects pedals. On top of this, it also aims to get rid of the clutter that comes with the numerous pedals and boxes connected to an amplifier. Many pedals today don't even have a visual interface to select effects through some sort of menu. The app will also provide a much more handy and portable visual representation of the possible effects all from the phone in your pocket!


Jacob Waterman jwaterm2

Kaan Erel erel2

Alex Van Dorn vandorn2