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At the third annual IPC Apex Expo Hand Soldering Competition, competitors will build a functional electronics assembly in a 30-min time period with a chance to compete in the IPC World Championship. IPC Master Instructors will judge assemblies on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E, overall electrical functionality of assembly, and the speed upon which the assembly was produced.
Preliminary rounds will be held March 25-26, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas, and the IPC World Championship will be held on March 27. According to IPC, soldering technicians who can “bring it” are encouraged to sign up for one of a limited number of competition slots.
Cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 will be awarded to the top three finalists at the close of the competition on March 26. In addition to receiving the cash award, the winner will move on to the IPC World Championship to face off with winners from IPC hand soldering competitions from around the world, including the United States, Asia and Europe. The winner of the IPC Hand Soldering World Championship will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize.
Entries into the hand soldering competition will be accepted until January 31, 2014. To submit an entry, visit www.ipcapexexpo.org/soldering.