Course Descriptions

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ESD Awareness and Prevention
The trainee will receive lecture and demonstrations on causes and effects of static electricity, electrostatic discharge and electrical overstress. Proper handling procedures for electronic assemblies and methods of preventing electrostatic discharge damage will also be discussed. Students will receive a certificate of completion from STI.
J-STD-001ES Space Application Addendum to J-STD-001E
This course provides additional requirements over those published in IPC J-STD-001E to ensure the reliability of soldered electrical and electronic assemblies that must survive the vibration and thermal cyclic environments getting to and operating in space. Only CIT's who have successfully completed the J-STD-001E Certification Course can attend.
IPC/WHMA-A-620 Instructor (CIT) Hands-On Lab
STI has developed an 8-hour hands-on lab based on the IPC/WHMA-A-620’s acceptability requirements. This hands-on lab covers cable and harness fabrication from stripping and tinning of wires to crimping of contacts while reinforcing the acceptability requirements for all classes of product. Upon completion of this course the student will receive an STI certificate of completion.
BGA Rework
During original manufacturing, BGAs are some of the easiest, highest yield components to place on electronic assemblies. If, for some reason, a BGA has to be removed and replaced, special equipment and knowledge is required. There are many areas of concern that must be identified and considered prior to performing a BGA replacement. This course focuses on all aspects of BGA removal and replacement including BGA identification, laminates and land patterns, solder alloys, and thermal profiles. Approximately 6 hours of classroom based training, with an additional 10 hours of hands-on training which not only includes BGA replacement, but also includes BGA reballing. Analytical options (destructive and non-destructive methods) are explored as well, with hands-on X-Ray inspection (when available) and processing and evaluation of dye and pry. NOTE: Class size is limited to 4 students per class.  This reduced class size is necessary as a result of the extensive one-on-one hands-on portion of the class.
Best Practices in Electronic Assembly Processes
You have the responsibility and resources to improve the productivity of an assembly operation....what do you do? This course drives awareness and solutions to the adverse impact that non-optimal assembly practices and processes have on the product quality and financial success of electronic assembly businesses. A comprehensive perspective on problem issues is developed for the most currently critical electronic assembly process, materials (both existing and emerging), equipment, procedures, and methods. Most importantly, practical solutions are presented. Key issues that consistently result in assembly problems and low yields are identified and resolved. This seminar is intended for anyone involved in directing, developing, managing and/or executing assembly line operations including managers, line supervisors and line engineers involved in manufacturing, design and quality engineering.
Basic Soldering
The Basic Soldering Course is modularized curriculum that can be customized to fit your company requirements. Training modules include component identification, electrostatic discharge, tools and equipment, materials, preparing to solder, wires and terminals, through-hole soldering, SMT soldering, localized cleaning, and basic through-hole and SMT rework.
IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) Certification Program
This program will greatly assist any company dedicated to providing quality training to the IPC-A-610 Acceptability Document. CIT's are qualified to conduct Certified IPC Application Specialist (CIS) training and certification programs according to the accept/reject criteria for the appropriate class of product. After successful completion of the course, Instructors are certified for 2 years.
MSFC/NASA 8739.4 Cable/Harness Recertification Course
This is the recertification course for cable and harness assembly, crimp connections, wire stripping, wire routing, tying and lacing per the Marshall Space Fight Center standards. This class also covers solder splices for joining insulated wires. Note: This course is acceptable to Marshall Space Flight Center contracts only.
Introduction to Robotic Soldering
This course will cover the fundamentals of robotic soldering including; basic solder theory, quality requirements, establishing a profile, design guidelines (board and fixturing), cost advantages from manual to robotic soldering and hands-on experience working with a High Performance Soldering Robot. Lecture/Hands-On Work with Equipment.
IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) Recertification Program
CIT's are certified for 24 months and must attend a 16-hour recertification class to maintain their certification status. CIT's will have the opportunity to review the content of the standard in its current revision as well as discuss any clarification of intent resulting from Technical Committee activities. Testing is required for successful recertification.
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