SMTA Online Training Courses

Low-cost, self-paced, online training on electronics manufacturing fundamentals


SMTA Online Training The mission of the SMTA Online Training Program is to establish, review, maintain, and continuously improve affordable and accessible training materials, topics, content, and trainee focus accounting for current and emerging SMT and packaging technologies.

Courses Currently Available

Stencil Printing 101

Stencil Printing 101

Printing is an extremely critical part of the assembly process and many defects that are created in the SMT process begin in the printing stage. Typical causes of these defects are poor alignment between the substrate and the stencil, incorrect paste chemistry, or inconsistent/excess/insufficient solder paste deposits. Understanding correct printing optimization is crucial to reducing defects and increasing yield.

Industry veteran Peter Biocca, Kester ITW, guides you through this informative online course providing a basic understanding of the stencil printing and troubleshooting processes.

Who Should Take This Course?
This course will be useful for equipment operators and ...



Component Placement 101

Component Placement 101

Automated placement of electronic components on to a printed circuit board using placement equipment is the primary method of populating a circuit board in electronics manufacturing. Successful component placement depends on knowledge of the component types and characteristics as they affect placement, process steps including machine set up and repair cycle, equipment parts like nozzles and vision systems, and the ability to identify basic defects.

Tom Foley from ASM Assembly Systems, LLC will guide you through this informative online course providing a basic understanding of the component placement process.

Who Should Take This Course?
This course will be useful for ...



Reflow Soldering 101

Reflow Soldering 101

Reflow soldering, the most common method of attaching surface mount components to a circuit board, plays a critical role in the overall electronics assembly process. Successful reflow soldering depends on knowledge of the reflow process setup, requirements for fixturing and tooling, baseline process parameters and their influence on solder joint quality, and troubleshooting common process defects.

Professor Martin Anselm, Ph.D. from Rochester Institute of Technology will guide you through this informative online course providing a basic understanding of the reflow soldering process.

Who Should Take This Course?
This course will be useful for companies who want to train ...



Wave Soldering 101

Wave soldering is one of the oldest automated soldering processes in the electronics industry. Despite the age of the technology, wave soldering still plays a critical role in many manufacturing operations.

In this online course, industry veteran Mike Kaminsky, Kester, guides you through all aspects of the wave solder process to understand different methods of applying flux, different types of preheat designs, and how the boards should interact with the solder wave.

Who Should Take This Course?
This course is intended for entry-level technicians or operators, engineers new to the industry, or even someone who has been away from the process for a while.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Soldering
  • Assembly Process Overview
  • Wave Soldering Overview ...



  • Bulk Pricing Available

    To purchase multiple online training courses for your company, contact Ryan Flaherty at 952-920-7682. The chart below lists the current rates. These rates are subject to change at any time.

    SMTA Online Training Bulk pricing chart

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