SMTA Releases Selective Soldering 101 Online Training Course

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) announced the recent release of Selective Soldering 101, the latest in a series of online training courses on the fundamentals of electronics assembly. The course will be useful for equipment operators, technicians, and engineers new to the industry that want to understand more about the soldering process and who have a basic familiarity with the equipment.

Course instructor and industry veteran, Bob Willis, addresses the entire Selective Soldering Process including Components & Design Rules, Why Selective Soldering, Fluxing Process, Pre-Heating & Profiling, Selective Solder Inspection, as well as Selective Soldering Defects – Causes & Cures. This course focuses specifically on the types of selective soldering using single point, mini wave or multiple small waves.

Selective Soldering 101 was developed by Bob Willis and peer-reviewed by Martin Anselm, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT); Richard Boyle, Henkel; and Nigel Burtt, Renishaw. Content for the course was provided by Joe Clure, Kurtz Ersa; Gerjan Diepstraten, Soltec; Heike Schlessmann, Seho; Chris Williams, Solderstar; and Bob Willis, SMTA Europe.

The SMTA Training Committee is responsible for developing and reviewing all course materials for the SMTA online training program. Hands on, on-site workshops can also be arranged through SMTA.

For more information about SMTA online training, visit, or contact SMTA Director of Communications Ryan Flaherty at +1-952-920-7682 or

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