Our Mandate

We offer electronic lab space for engineering students. You can work on your assignments, lab reports or your own personal projects while receiving help from our team of volunteers.

Our Equipment

Our lab is equipped with oscilloscope, power supply, signal generator and all kinds of other devices that you will need. We also have a set of spare components that you can reuse.

Our Events

Every semester, we organized all kinds of events such as tutorials, meet and greet, movie nights. And of course, every year we end the winter semester with our epic annual United States Trip.

Our Location

2160 Bishop - Suite 204
Montréal, Québec
H3G 1M8, Canada 

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PCB Design Workshop


Printed Circuit Board
Photo by UK Ministry of Defence

Originally intended for students enrolled in capstone and mini-capstone project courses wanting to avoid unprofessional breadboard circuits, the PCB Design Workshop introduces participants to techniques for the design of real-world printed circuit boards. Topics covered will include the component selection process, schematic capture, schematic-to-layout conversion, component placement, and routing strategies. After completing the workshop, participants will have a working knowledge of common PCB design software and the ability to produce board layouts in the format commonly required by fabrication houses.

Following the workshop, participants wishing to have their designs manufactured can do so either by chemical etching (at the IEEE Concordia lab) or by submitting the design to a fabrication house for professional manufacturing. Additional PCB manufacturing resources for course-related projects are also available to ECE students from the University.

This event is usually held every Fall and Winter semester, based on demand.

Downloads & Resources

The following downloads are intended for participants who have already attended the tutorial. These materials were last updated on 5 February 2015.

  • PowerPoint Presentation: As shown at the beginning of the workshop, containing 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.
  • Tutorial notes (PDF): Notes taken during the 4 February 2015 tutorial. Contains a full summary of the workshop portion of the tutorial (using DipTrace to go from schematic capture to completed PCB).
  • Tutorial materials (ZIP) containing: incomplete DipTrace schematic & PCB. For use during the workshop or later practice.
  • Reference materials (ZIP) containing: tips on building/soldering the Alarm Module circuit, list of components, DipTrace schematic & PCB design files, gerber files, project ideas using the Alarm Module.
  • Dave Jones's PCB Design Tutorial (PDF, external link): a detailed document that discusses basic PCB design techniques and "good practices" in depth.

Most Recent Workshop

  • Time: Wednesday, 4 February 2015, 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Location: EV 2.184 (Engineering and Visual Arts building, 2nd floor)
  • Cost: $10 per person (Pre-purchase: ECA Office, H-838, Hall building 8th floor; at the door: if seats available)
  • Materials provided: A kit containing our PCB design and all the parts needed to build it.
  • Seats: 25

What to Bring

The workshop is a Bring Your Own Laptop event. Please install DipTrace for Windows, Linux (WINE) and Mac OSX before the workshop. You cannot use a library laptop.

All other workshop supplies will be provided by IEEE Concordia.

Knowledge Required

Participants should have a basic knowledge of electrical circuits and fundamental principles such as Ohm's Law. While knowledge of electronics and digital systems design may be useful when applying the knowledge gained from the workshop, neither topic is critical for understanding the workshop material itself.

Any participants wishing to assemble their own boards following the tutorial should generally have a basic knowledge of soldering techniques; this knowledge is not needed for the tutorial itself. IEEE Concordia also offers a separate soldering workshop.

More Information

For any questions regarding the workshop, please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the IEEE Concordia office at the B building, room B-204.

PCB Tutorial


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