Welcome to SMTA
The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations.
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Students, Apply Now for the $5000 Hutchins GrantApplications Due April 18!
The Charles Hutchins Educational Grant, co-sponsored by the SMTA and Circuits Assembly magazine, was established in memory of past SMTA president, educator, mentor, and industry colleague, Dr. Charles Hutchins.
The $5000 grant has been presented annually since 1998 to a full time graduate-level student pursuing a degree and working on thesis research in electronic assembly, electronics packaging, or a related field.
We Want You for the SMTA Board of DirectorsApplication Deadline: April 24
Perhaps you have served as a chapter officer and would like the greater leadership challenges we offer. Perhaps you possess valuable skills and have ideas that would benefit SMTA members. We need committed individuals like you to continue our mission of helping members succeed. The only requirement is that you be an SMTA member who has demonstrated commitment to the association. That's all it takes, and there are many of you out there. The numerous benefits of serving on the board include exposure to personal and professional contacts and the chance to exchange ideas with fellow leaders. You can help others while learning a few things yourself.
New SMTA Scholarship Rewards Student Leaders, Honors JoAnn StrombergNominations are due June 1, 2016
The SMTA unveiled an annual scholarship for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in electronics and actively involved in the SMTA. In honor of the nearly 30 years of service dedicated by former Executive Administrator, JoAnn Stromberg, a $3000 Student Leader Scholarship was established following her retirement in 2015. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage undergraduate students to take on more leadership opportunities and strengthen the connection between students and the electronics industry.
Printed Circuits Handbook, 7th Edition Released!Contains various chapters penned by SMTA members
The Printed Circuits Handbook has served as the definitive source for coverage of every facet of printed circuit boards and assemblies for 50 years. The book is the cumulative effort with contributions by many SMTA members such as Happy Holden, Vern Solberg, Don Dupriest, Mike Carano, Jason Keeping, Laura Turbini, Gary Freedman, Reza Ghaffarian, Mudasir Ahmad, Joe Fjelstad, Marc Carter, and Jean-Paul Clech. The new edition of this essential guide provides time-saving tools for success in the area of printed circuit supply chain management, including an entire new section on the elements of design, supplier identification and qualification, process control, product acceptance processes, and quality and reliability specification and assurance.
Video Tutorials on Electronics Assembly Process BasicsFree for members!
Cisco Systems, Inc. was gracious enough to provide some training videos outlining the basic process steps used in electronics assembly including printing, paneling, placement, reflow, wave, and depanelization. These short tutorials are a great introduction for students and anyone who is new to the industry. Active SMTA members can view them for free!
5 Ways to Increase Your Technical Knowledge
The phrase "Knowledge is Power" certainly rings true for engineers and businesses. In our fast-paced world of information overload, it is critical to have the right information to make knowledgeable decisions and stay competitive. Here are five ways to get trusted information you can confidently use to make the right decisions in your work.
1. Search from thousands of published technical articles in the SMTA Knowledge Base
2. Attend our free quarterly webinars
3. Network with local professionals and hear quality technical presentations at your local chapter meeting
4. Browse the Book Store for new titles relevant to your work
5. Find contact information in our Member Directory of industry experts who can answer your questions in one conversation
Best of all, you can do each of these at no charge or at deeply discounted rates with an active SMTA Membership.
Find Your Dream Job or Hire a New Employee in the SMTA Career Center
The SMTA Career Center can help engineers, operators, managers, technicians and executives find a job or fill a position in the electronics assembly industry. Go to the Job Listings page for a complete listing. Members post on-line for free!