IPC standards


Standards and guidelines with regards to the use and manufacture of electronics and printed circuit boards. These regulations provide rules and guidelines on topics such as general safety rules, electronic equipment manufacture, electronic equipment testing, and qualifications.

Alternative labels

Institute for Printed Circuits standards
international PCB manufacturing standards
international electronics manufacturing standards
PCB manufacturing standards
electronics manufacturing standards
standards produced by IPC
standards published by IPC

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Essential knowledge

IPC standards is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Optional knowledge

IPC standards is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Printed circuit board test technician: Printed circuit board test technicians inspect and test printed circuit boards. They perform a range of printed circuit board testing procedures and may perform minor repairs.
Wave soldering machine operator: Wave soldering machine operators set up and operate machines to solder electronic components to the printed circuit board. They read blueprints and layout designs.
Automated optical inspection operator: Automated optical inspection operators (AOI operators) operate automated optical inspection machines to inspect assembled printed circuit boards. They read blueprints and inspect the finished or in-process PCB assemblies for flaws or defects.
Surface-mount technology machine operator: Surface-mount technology machine operators use surface-mount technology (SMT) machines to mount and solder small electronic components onto printed circuit boards to create surface-mounted devices (SMD).
Printed circuit board assembler: Printed circuit board assemblers read blueprints and drawings to assemble printed circuit boards. They use hand- and automated soldering tools and machines to connect electronic components to the board.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022