Innovation Lab Makerspace

The Innovation Lab Makerspace is located in the Bannan Center room 223 and offers soldering workshops and individual assistance throughout the year. Soldering equipment may also be checked-out for home use. The Innovation Lab has equipment for all conditions of soldering electronic circuit assemblies.  

      Link to: Soldering Safety Guidelines Document Form


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A soldering iron can cause severe burns when used improperly.

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Soldering Iron

Caution, the soldering iron's heating element is commonly above 400°C/700°F and can cause severe burns.

Keep the soldering area clutter-free and away from busy areas where other people may not be aware.

Allow solder joints a minute or so to cool down before touching.

Never leave hot soldering tools unattended.

Paper and other combustible materials should not be place near the soldering tools.

Solder Smoke Absorber

Always solder in well-ventilated areas and use a smoke absorber.

Place the smoke absorber as close to your project as possible so that fumes are pulled away and filtrated.

Open a window to allow better ventilation.

Eye Protection

Wear eye protection. Labs and makerspaces are provided with eye protection glasses.

Wash Hands

Always wash your hands with soap and water after soldering.

Pay Attention and Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Be careful of what you do, work with caution. Don't use the soldering tool if you are not concentrating on your work.

Equipment Safety

Report any damage or issues with tools immediately -


ECE Guides & YouTube Channels

The information below should be helpful to anyone who works with circuit board assemblies. The guides are packed with illustrations and videos and follow popular IPC industry standards. These guides will help you through the maze of challenges you face when working on modern, high density circuit boards. If your company complies with ISO-9000 or any demanding quality standard, you can refer to these guides as your on-line reference. 


Soldering Through Hole Components

Visit our ECE Thru-Hole YouTube Channel Playlist or our friends at for a great beginner soldering know how and tips.

Professional Soldering | IPC Standards | ISO 9000 Standards

Soldering, Rework, Modification, and Repair of Electronic Assemblies.

For professional quality standards, you can refer to these guides that include videos at for your on-line reference.

ISO 9000: Leading source for industry standards
IPC Standards: Leading source for industry standards


Soldering of Surface Mount Devices (SMD)

Want to begin soldering SMD devices? Visit our ECE SMD YouTube Channel Playlist or our friends at for a great beginner soldering know how and tips.


Wires & Connectors

Visit our Wires & Connectors YouTube Channel Playlist
Crimp Connectors | Screw Cap Connectors | Push Wire Connectors | Soldering Wires Together | Shrink Wrap Tubing