DES PLAINES, IL-Northrop Gruman Corp. has opened Kester University to offer solder technology training programs coupled with consulting services.

Training courses are offered for surface mount assembly, wave soldering and rework. Each course offers the latest technical and practical information for implementing lead-free surface mount technologies. Courses in traditional leaded solder processes are also available and are taught in both English and Spanish. Courses come with in-class training materials and CD training modules.

The lead-free surface mount assembly course covers process-critical variables in reflow assembly. The lead-free wave soldering course demonstrates the full optimization of through-hole and bottom-side surface mount technology, while the rework course offers complete training on hand soldering practices and repair.

For more information on Kester University, call 847-297-1600 or visit