IEEE Soldering Workshop Held on April 26
|May 5, 2014||Posted by COMauthor under COMSOC, EDCAS, General, MTT/APS||
EVENT REPORT: CPP IEEE Soldering Tutorial
ATTENDANCE: 23 Students
VENUE: Cal Poly Pomona – Bldg. 9 Rm. 431
April 26th, 2014: 12:00PM – 5:00PM
This past April 26th marked the Quarterly Soldering Tutorial at Cal Poly Pomona. First initialized in the 2011 / 2012 academic year by then CPP IEEE Student Chapter President Peter Seiler, this workshop allows students to hone their skills in the art of soldering. IEEE Foothill Section has kept the soldering tutorials alive and growing. Due to the absence of soldering classes and/or workshops on campus, IEEE’s Soldering Tutorials serve as many students’ first time working with tools of the trade. In addition, these students leave with a fun kit they assembled themselves and a select few leave with a first or second place prize thanks to the generosity of Panatron.
Out of the twenty-three students in attendance, fifteen were new to soldering. The demographics of our audience were spot-on and targeted the individuals for which the tutorials were started for. This event even reached students from California State University, Fullerton and University of Southern California simply by word of mouth. Our presenters for the tutorial included CPP IEEE Student Branch officers for the 2014-2015 academic year: Robert Goya (President), Roberto Park (Vice-President), and Aaron Chang (Secretary).
During the tutorial, many students came across problems such as component leads freezing in via holes, applying too much solder to joints, and placing components backwards. Although many students learn about diodes and BJTs in class lectures, being able to follow directions and place components correctly according to their electronic schematic requirements is an experience all students can benefit from.
To conclude the tutorial, Max Cherubin, Aaron Chang and Robert Goya held a contest on the craftsmanship of everyone’s soldering kit. Based on overall neatness, consistency, and soldering joint quality, the first place prize of a $20 Starbucks gift card was awarded to Nicholas Brown. The second place prize of a $15 In-N-Out gift card was awarded to Arthur Giourdjian.
Upon completion, many students found the tutorial to be beneficial and most importantly, fun. Anytime when students find course-relevant material to be fun, it will always serve as a reason to further enjoy their major. Overall, the Cal Poly Pomona IEEE Student Branch would like to thank Panatron ( and Max Cherubin) for their sponsorship and their on-site support for a program that reaches out to so many students every academic quarter.
As is customary, the IEEE Foothill Section continues its financial support for this important undergraduate workshop.
Top (left to right): The soldering contest winners and judges: Aaron Chang, Robert Goya, Nicholas Brown (1st place), Arthur Giourdjian (2nd place), Max Cherubin
Bottom: Students watching IEEE’s Soldering Tutorial presentation
Bottom: The judging process for a 3.3/5 V Breadboard Power Supply kit