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

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.

This two-day course follows on from Electronics Yorkshire’s Introduction to hand soldering of surface mount devices course; however anyone with existing industry experience will also benefit. The knowledge gained will enable staff to work effectively with different processes to solder and remove a range of components.


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Course overview

The course, which follows on from Electronics Yorkshire’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 an Electronics Yorkshire 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 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 Electronics Yorkshire’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.

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

Full member companies of Electronics Yorkshire benefit from a 20% discount 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, Electronics Yorkshire maintains the right to cancel and offer alternative dates.

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

Where and when

Click here to check out upcoming training course dates or contact Simon Simpson for details on 0113 274 4270; or email

This course is held at Electronics Yorkshire’s Training and Technology Centre of Excellence, off the A6120 Ring Road, north of Leeds.

Electronics Yorkshire
Airedale House
Clayton Wood Rise
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 Electronics Yorkshire courses being delivered at your premises.

*Other IPC short courses

Within this programme students take an IPC course of study and receive the appropriate certificate on successful completion of that course. Related IPC short courses of study included in the SMD Reworking programme:

  • Lead Free Surface Mount Rework DVD-67CIPC
  • Introduction to Surface Mount Rework DVD-91C
  • IPC Rework of Surface Mount Chip Components DVD-92C
  • IPC Gull Wing Rework DVD-93C
  • IPC Rework of J-Lead Components DVD-94C

Please contact us to discuss these options