The IPC, nationally recognized as an electronics manufacturing trade association, has issued the companion documents IPC-7711, Rework of Electronic Assemblies and IPC-7721, Repair and Modification of Printed Boards and Electronic Assemblies. Together, these documents provide a comprehensive data source for rework, repair, and modification of electronic assemblies.
Using these documents, the IPC has structured the IPC-7711/7721 Certified Specialist certification program, a multi-module hands-on solder training program addressing key topics in these documents. Consisting of nine (9) modules, the course may require from two (2) to nine (9) days for completion, depending upon skills and knowledge required by each student. IPC-7711 addresses Modules 1 through 6; IPC-7721 addresses Modules 7 through 9.
These modules may be combined to meet specific company/student needs. The student must successfully complete Module 1 before training on any other modules. Those modules may be addressed in any other sequence, allowing the student to improve his/her skills as required. Prior through-hole and surface mount soldering skills are required.
Upon successfully completing a module, the student will have demonstrated the skills necessary to meet the soldering/inspection requirements of that module.
Module 1 is 7.5 hours in length and includes lecture and a 20 question open book examination. Modules 2 through 9 vary in length between 5 hours and 7.5 hours as noted below. Each includes a short lecture, instructor demonstration, and a skills development lab. The student skills demonstration board is evaluated for each module by the instructor per IPC Class 3 workmanship criteria. A ten (10) question open book assessment is included for each module 2 through 9.
- Module 1. Documentation Introduction & Common Procedures - Mandatory (8 hours)
- Module 2. Wire Splicing (5 hours)
- Module 3. Through-Hole Components (7.5 hours)
- Module 4. Chip and MELF Removal/Installation (6 hours)
- Module 5. SOIC and SOT Procedures (6 hours)
- Module 6. J-Lead and QFP Procedures (7.5 hours)
- Module 7. PWB Circuit Repair (7.5 hours)
- Module 8 Laminate Repair (5.5 hours)
- Module 9. Conformal Coating Identification, Removal and Replacement (5 hours)
Who Should Attend?
Individuals who require understanding and enhancement of solder rework/repair techniques outlined in IPC-7711/7721 will benefit from this class. These include solder operators, production operators, technicians, inspectors, auditors, quality personnel, manufacturing and engineering management personnel.
What Do Attendees Receive?
The successful student will receive an IPC-7711/7721 Certified Specialist certification which is valid for two (2) years. The certificate will indicate which module(s) the student has completed. A re-certification course must be completed prior to expiration of the Certified Specialist certificate.