This is a 2-day class for students who would like to learn to solder or to obtain a refresher on the subject of soldering.

This class covers the same basic soldering principles presented in our IPC-A-610 Solder Certification seminar; however the emphasis will be placed on the actual hands-on soldering techniques in lieu of the textbook theoretical concepts, and the students will not receive the IPC-A-610 certification from this training session.

Each student will be provided with a certificate of completion at the end of class.

There is also an IPC-A-610 book available for an additional cost which we highly recommend, as the materials presented are very complete, detailed, and succinct. If you have multiple associates (from one group who work in the same area) that attend our class, for cost savings, we suggest one book, to be used as a reference for the entire group. If the associates are not physically located in the vicinity of each other's work, if they wish, they may purchase a book for each to be kept close to their work station, for their convenient use.


  • Needs Assessment

  • Individual Evaluation of Current Solder Skills

  • Discussion of Causes of Solder Defects                                                                 

  • ESD Awareness Tape

  • Proper Wire Stripping and Identifying Defects

  • 2 types of strippers: Green Lee Strippers & Stripmaster

  • Proper Wire Tinning: Hand solder tinning & Solder Pot tinning

  • Mechanical Wrapping (Acceptable v. Defect): Eyelets, Turret, Bifurcated, Lugs

  • Wire Preparation for Solder Cup Connector (Acceptable v. Defect)

  • Insulation Clearance & Solder Defects - excessive, insufficient, voids, cold solder joints

  • “Tricks of the Trade” to produce solder joints with ease

  • Effects on solderability related to multilayer boards

  • Coaxial Cable & Connector Assembly

  • Proper Use of Lacing Cord: Spot Ties (Clove Stitch) & Lacing

  • Lead Forming (Bends/Stress Relief): Radial & Axial Leaded Components

  • Board Population / Component Installation / Proper Orientation (PTH – Plated Through Hole &

  • SMT – Surface Mount Technology)

  • Surface Mount Component Installation: Resistors, Capacitors, IC’s, etc. & Surface Mount Assembly

  • Soldering Requirements

  • Inspection criteria

  • Proper Rework & Repair: Proper Component Removal to Avoid Costly Damage to Board/CCA & Cut Traces

  • Installing Discreet Wiring, Jumper Wires, Reconnect

To ensure the integrity and high quality of our training, we hold small classes with eight (8) students maximum per class.   In this fashion, the student/teacher ratio is low and our instructor can provide more one-on-one time and attention to all students with their hands-on exercises (which they deserve), allowing our training to be more personalized and tailored to the needs of each individual.

Our small, warm classroom size offers a nice, casual, relaxing and comfortable setting and is conducive to your learning.  Our goal is to make your learning experience a worthwhile, enlightening and enjoyable one!  All required training tools, equipment, accessories and materials will be provided to you, for your effective learning.   You simply show up and ready to learn & enjoy! 

Our normal class schedule is 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, although we’re flexible and will be happy to accommodate your special schedule circumstance as best as we possibly can, to ensure your timely training need & requirement.  Also, we offer both on-site and off-site classes to our students, including customized training.  You may participate in our standard classes, which are offered to the general public, that are held off-site at our facility.  And for group training, if you wish, for your convenience, we will be happy to conduct the class on-site at your facility.    

Our instructor understands that your work is important to you and that you want the right training which meets your specific requirements; hence in addition to our standard class curriculum, we also offer the flexibility to include additional customized training to address your precise training needs, as necessary.  Simply advise us.  We want to provide you with the best, value-added training available, that is advantageous to you and to your business organization, and we're excitedly looking forward to being of service to you!

Tuition: $1,320 (plus the appropriate NMGRT if taught in New Mexico), where NMGRT = New Mexico Gross Receipt Tax

"IPC-A-610F with Amendment 1, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies" Specification Book:  OPTIONAL for training reference

Prerequisite: None

Target Audience: Assemblers, operators, electricians, technicians, engineers

Instructor: Lilia Ortega (Certified IPC-A-610 & IPC-J-STD-001 & IPC-7711/21 & IPC/WHMA-A-620 Instructor)

An experienced, highly qualified IPC-certified &NASA-certified trainer and assembly specialist with excellent practical, industrial skills and multiple years of experience and expertise in electronic assembly manufacturing, Lilia, who is fluent in Spanish, is much passionate and dedicated to helping her students acquire the correct necessary skills & knowledge such that they can become proficient in their electronic assembly workmanship, enabling them to efficiently and effectively perform their functions with high quality. In addition to her classroom instructions, Lilia performs electronic assembly on a regular basis.  Consequently, she not only understands the standard classroom lecture materials / theoretical concepts but also possesses the applied, hands-on experience, which in turn, enables her to share these concrete real-world skills with her students in their classroom learning, making our training value-added, practical, and more beneficial.

Related Courses: IPC-A-610 Certification & IPC/EIA J-STD-001 Certification & IPC-7711/7721 Certification

Hours: 16

Class Size: 7 maximum

Dates: (please click here for our training class schedule)

Times: 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. There is a 1-hour lunch (not included) scheduled from 12 P.M. to 1 P.M. each day. There are two 10-minute coffee breaks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Training Location:

10100 Cochiti SE

Suite A

Albuquerque, NM 87123

(please click here for a map)

What to bring: Pencil and paper for taking notes

What to wear: Casual, comfortable clothes

Inclement weather:  Should we experience inclement weather at any time during the training period, please check our web site at or call us at (505) 299-1157 early in the morning on the class date prior to start of class, for instructions regarding the training schedule for that particular class date.  Thank you.

Registration: (please click here to register)

Lodging Accommodation (for our valued out-of-town guests):

Homewood Suites by Hilton Albuquerque-Uptown

7101 Arvada Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone:  (505) 881-7300



What is the difference between our "Solder (Hands-On)" and our "IPC-A-610 Solder Certification" Training Classes?

Our IPC-A-610 course is the official IPC-A-610 certification class; however it also includes our own developed additional hands-on solder training segment. It is 4-day seminar, designed to combine the standard IPC-A-610 theories (Classes I, II, and III) with our practical hands-on soldering exercises.

The theories will be learned and reiterated immediately by the related hands-on practices. We strongly feel that the hands-on soldering exercises are valuable as they reinforce the theoretical concepts and provide the students with an opportunity to test what they have studied. Each passing student will be IPC-A-610 Certified and will be provided with a certificate stating such.

Any company that is pursuing ISO-9000 certification should have all assemblers certified to IPC-A-610.

On the other hand, our "Hands-On Solder" training course is a 2-day class, and is designed for individuals who assemble products, which are not required compliance with IPC-A-610 specifications.

This class covers the same basic soldering principles presented in our IPC-A-610 Certification class; however the emphasis will be placed on the actual hands-on soldering techniques in lieu of the textbook theoretical concepts, and the students will not receive the IPC-A-610 certification from this training session.

It is simply intended to introduce & to teach the assemblers, technicians, and engineers the new techniques & best practices of soldering. You will leave this class with enhanced, correct soldering skills!

What if I already solder at work?

If you have not received prior solder training within the past 2 years, we highly recommend that you attend one of these valuable seminars. You will study the latest soldering procedures and new advanced technologies, such as SMT, fine pitch, etc., as well as you will learn the correct methods & best practices for producing fine, acceptable solder connections.


Skolnik Technical is also an active member of the ESD Association.