Give your circuits a professional look

Long gone are the days of messy wires everywhere, wire-wrapping, or point-to-point soldering: today, most electronic circuits are built on printed circuit boards (PCBs)!

This workshop will teach you the basic techniques of printed circuit board design and guide you through a design exercice using EDA software called DipTrace. Topics include physical component packages, component selection, schematic capture, schematic-to-layout conversion, component placement, and routing strategies. After this workshop, you will be able to design a PCB that you can fabricate on your own using chemical etching or send to a professional PCB fabrication house.


The following downloads are intended for participants who have already attended the workshop. Last updated 29 November 2016 (several files are unchanged from previous editions).

  • Presentation slides (PPTX): Shown at the beginning of the workshop. Contains an overview of the theoretical background. PCB technology and materials, component packages (through-hole vs. surface-mount), PCB design software, component selection & placement, routing techniques, manufacturing considerations.
  • DipTrace Tutorial Notes: Notes on the DipTrace exercice done the workshop. Written for the 29 November 2016 edition of this workshop.
  • DipTrace Exercice Files: Contains incomplete DipTrace schematic and PCB files, for use during the workshop DipTrace exercice or later practice. If you want to modify the completed schematic/PCB for your own use, download “Reference materials” instead.
  • Reference materials: Contains tips on building/soldering the Alarm Module PCB, list of kit components, DipTrace schematic & PCB design files, gerber files, project ideas using the Alarm Module.

More information

For any questions regarding the event, please contact our Director of Academics or visit us during our open lab/office hours. If you have questions about PCB design in general, how to fabricate, or a project you are undertaking, please feel free to contact us.

For those wanting to learn more about PCB design, we recommend the following resources:

Etch your own board?

Find out if IEEE Concordia can help you fabricate the board yourself using our PCB Etching service!

  • Level Any
  • Prerequisites None (basic circuits or project experience preferred)
  • When Once per year, based on demand