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HKN Engineering Technical Skills Seminar Series
Parts II and III of this seminar have been
rescheduled to the times given below. We ask
that you bring a pair of dikes or wire-cutters to the soldering seminar.
- Are you interested in learning how to make PCBs?
- Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) is offering a chance for some EE and ECE students to learn
the complete process of making a PCB. HKN will be giving a free Embedded Systems
Seminar that will go through the process of designing and ordering a PCB, soldering
components to the PCB, and setting up a programming environment. The seminars will
be held in three separate parts, one part for each of the basic topics of PCBs,
soldering, and programming. A guided tutorial given by HKN members will help participants
to learn and understand the topic of the seminar.
- Any EE or ECE student is welcome and we would like to see students of all levels (FR, SOPH, JR, SR).
Due to limited resources at this time we will be limiting the number of participants to 10.
The first 8 people to register will be accepted, and the remaining 2 slots will be determined
by a name drawing from the remaining registrants.
Confirmation emails will be sent to everyone who registers.
- Preparation for senior design project
- Learn valuable skills
- Can ask questions from experienced students
- It takes 2 hours of your Friday afternoon to participate
- Registration is closed.
- Special Thanks
- The Rho Chapter would like the thank UROP and EEF for their generous support of this
- To download necessary files for these seminars, visit our
- Part I: Designing the PCB
- At the beginning a short overview of embedded systems will be presented
along with an outline of what will be done in the seminar. The first portion
of the tutorial is to add parts to an existing schematic using the PCB
designer program called Altium. The second portion will synchronize the
schematic to a PCB where the newly added parts will be placed and connected
to the existing circuit. At the end of the seminar the design should be complete
enough to export the 'gerber' files which may be uploaded to a PCB fabrication
company to make your circuit board.
- Part II: Soldering the PCB
- The seminar will start with a introduction to the soldering tools and good
techniques for soldering. Then the participants will begin by soldering the
larger components like the LEDs to the board. This will give a good feel for how
the solder interacts with the soldering iron and the circuit connection. The next
step is to solder on the surface mount devices (SMD) that are more commonly
used in todays electronics. The final step is to power up the board and test
it to see if it runs a precompiled program. Some circuit connection debugging may be required.
- Part III: Programming the Embedded System
- An introduction of why programming environments are needed when working with
embedded systems will be given. All programs required to setup the programming
environment can be downloaded and installed to the workstation. This process can
sometimes be complicated, but we hope to make the tutorial easy to follow so that
the setup process can be replicated. Finally we will have participants write a
small program that will be downloaded and run on the circuit board to verify that
the whole system works.