On Wednesday, October 30, 2019. A basic PCB soldering workshop was conducted by IAS volunteers, led by the group’s secretary Mr. Hafis Umar-Lawal. It held in the ECE Capstone Lab (E1-465) and was attended by 15 University of Manitoba students from 6 PM to 9 PM. Hafis delivered a short lecture on Basic Soldering concepts such as moisture ingression, oxidation, thermal cycling, and safety, as well as soldering/inspection procedures, for standard through-hole and surface mount devices. Pizza and pop were served to attendees, and a hands-on practice session was facilitated after the break.
IAS volunteers set up soldering stations, combining newly purchased items with loaned equipment from the ECE technical workshop. Electronics components and PCB fabrication were also sponsored by the ECE workshop the attendees participated in an exit survey, of which 66 % stated that the practical nature of the workshop was very valuable. And 100 % of survey respondents expressed likelihood to attend future IAS workshops, also agreeing that the workshop was comprehensive.