Advanced Manufacturing Skills Center

SMD Soldering

  • Entry Level - No Prerequisite
  • Webcam and microphone are needed

Course Overview

Learn to work with, recognize and solder the tiny components known as Surface Mount Devices (SMD)

This is an introductory course on the modern, somewhat advanced soldering techniques. We wanted to deliver a course that would teach students to develop a proficiency that could help them get more out of our electronics and robotics course as well as providing a valuable career skill. Even though we get many technology oriented students in our classes, a great portion of them haven't spent much time developing a strong professional soldering technique. We're always happy to spent time in the various classes going over the basics, but we felt it would be best to carve out these elements and put them into their own dedicated course where we can take our time to solidly hone these skills. This will allow students to focus on the core concepts in the other courses and less time troubleshooting soldering mistakes.

The other important topic of class, as the name implies, is that we'll be working almost exclusively with surface mount components as opposed to "through hole" devices. These newer devices have the same function as the through hole type yet much smaller. This reduction of size is imperative for most of the electronics industry as it allows us to create products like smartphones that don't require a suitcase to transport.

Now not to dissuade anyone from registering for class, but if you look at any circuit board made in the past twenty years you'll see a lot of really tiny rectangles throughout the board and this is what we'll be learning to solder. However daunting this may seem, after spending some time learning the techniques most find it easier than the larger through hole components.

If you're looking at getting further into any electronics related industry having a strong, confident soldering ability is a necessity. When a typical mechatronic system can include motors, actuators, sensors, and microcontrollers (and the code you program into it) along with the PCB you've designed and components procured, you don't want to spend hours troubleshooting only to find out it was a bad solder joint.

Online Course Information

A few days prior to the course you will receive an email invite to the video class meetings. Typically this is Webex. We'd also recommend using the webex client install rather than the just the webpage video. Other items such as the class website and materials pick will also be discussed after class start. No materials are required for the first class sessions. All you need to do is log into the video meeting.

Distance Learning Specifics

The online structure of class will consist of one hour live video conferencing for lecturing and questions, and then between live class times students will have other objectives to complete somewhat at their leisure. The course times that are listed are the live class times. We understand if you might have to miss a session and can usually work with you, but if you know you can't make a larger portion of the live times, please look for another time slot.

We will have pre-recorded videos for students to watch during off hours. These will compliment the live lectures and give students a learning source they can watch repeatedly. These videos and other important information will be held on a class website.

The class website will contain device documentation, vendor information, technology concepts and quizzes. The quizzes will be an important part of this online program which students will have to pass in order to complete the course. We will talk through all the quizzes during our live sessions and anyone that shows up for class will have no problem making it through. We will not blind side you with stray questions we never talked about yet expect you to know.

Currently we will we using Webex as our video conferencing software. You do not need to make an account to join the live sessions. An email will be sent out to all students including the time and dates, web link to the meeting and password. You will need to have a webcam and microphone for this class.

The class kits will have to be picked up from the school. In the future we will get a shipping process sorted out for those that do not live in the area, but for the moment local pickup only. We are very interested in being able to reach those around the country so this will happen eventually.


  • Learn how soldering stations work
  • How to choose good equipment
  • What makes a good electronics lab
  • Types of soldering iron tips
  • Types of solder
  • What is flux and what is it for
  • Care and maintenance of your equipment
  • Cleaning a PCB
  • Testing the circuit
  • Identifying dangerous situations
  • Building safe habits
  • Identifying component types and markings
  • Learning to use a multimeter for basic troubleshooting
  • Handling of surface mount components
  • Where to buy components
  • How are PCBs designed and manufactured
  • Wiring PCBs
  • Introduction to microcontrollers and C++ programming

Class Dates and Times

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*If you have troubles with the online registration:

  • Call our registration office: 425.640.1840
  • Give them the name and number of the class you wish to register for

Contact Damian Cianci at if you have any questions.