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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.

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

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PCB Design Workshop

Description

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 CNC manufacturing. Additional PCB manufacturing resources for course-related projects are also available to ECE students from the University.

Price and Location

The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, January 30th, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, at the SGW campus in room EV 2.184 (located on the second floor of the Engineering and Visual Arts building). Tickets will be available in advance for a fee of $10 per ticket, with the entry fee used to cover the costs of certain materials provided for attendees and other event logistics costs. Tickets are available from the ECA office on the 8th floor of the Hall building.

What to Bring

The workshop is a "Bring Your Own Laptop" event, since AITS and IITS computer labs do not allow the installation of the PCB layout software to be used. The software is, however, available free of charge for non-profit use: DipTrace for Windows and Apple (Mac OS X). Please make sure to download and install the software in advance. For those running Linux on their laptop, KiCad can be used as a substitute, although the instructions will be slightly different — KiCad users are strongly advised to read the software's user manual before the workshop. If you don't have a laptop/notebook available, you may be able to borrow one from the library at Concordia. Please verify the exact borrowing hours allowed with library staff ahead of the event.

Other than the laptops, all 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 offers a separate tutorial on soldering for those interested.

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.

Supplemental Resources

The presentation slides from the Fall tutorial have been made available for download.

PCB Tutorial

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