Contest Regulations

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This student technical event has the main purpose of evaluating the level of knowledge gained by students in the field of technological computer aided design (CAE-CAD-CAM) of electronic modules, with focus to both THT (through hole technology) and SMT (surface mount technology) technologies.

The contest is based on the knowledge obtained at the courses in electronics regarding the design and manufacturing of analogue, digital and mixed electronic modules, as well as on the advanced knowledge of designing PCB interconnection structures (printed circuit boards) according to the IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries) standards recognized by the electronics industry worldwide.

Aim of the contest:

  • Arousing the students’ interest in the electronic packaging issues and PCB interconnection structures;
  • Evaluating of knowledge in a competitive environment;
  • Certifying by industry, with the support of the IAC (Industrial  Adviser Committee), of competitors’ CAD skills;
  • Supporting the electronics industry with professional human resources.


  • Familiarizing the students with the necessary activities for designing the electronic projects of the analogue, digital and mixed modules and the PCB interconnection structures, in order to meet the demands required by the project/product specifications;
  • Reaching a high level of professionalism in using CAD software systems in this field;
  • Rising the awareness of the electronics industry on the existing human resources and realizing a strong partnership between academia and industry;
  • Increasing of job demands for the career of electronics engineer from today students and of job offers from the industrial environment.

The organization

The international student contest “Interconnection Techniques in Electronics (TIE)” is coordinated by “Politehnica” University of Bucharest, Center for Technological Electronics and Interconnection Techniques (UPB-CETTI) and continuously supported by IEEE CPMT HU&RO Joint Chapter. The event is yearly organised, in an itinerant way, by an university  member of the EPETRUN consortium and network (Electronic Packaging Education Training and Research University Network), being also opened to all European universities interested in education and training in the field  of electronic packaging.

The contest is supervised by five committees:

  1. Steering Committee (SC);
  2. Technical Committee (TC);
  3. Local Committee (LC);
  4. Industrial  Adviser Committee (IAC);
  5. Public Relations Committee (PRC).

In the above mentioned committees take part representatives of EPETRUN, European universities, specialists from industry and members of non-guvernamental organizations involved in electronics. These committees take care of all technical and organisational aspects of the contest and of the whole TIE event.

The contest has two stages:

  1. local stage (which takes place in each university centre interested to participate to TIE);
  2. final stage (which takes place in an university centre selected by the steering committee at least one year before the contest).

topics *

  1. CAD design of electronic circuits (SCM, SCH);
  2. Creation of virtual components (parts);
  3. SCM post-processing (generation of netlists, reports, export/import files, post-processing files for technical documentation);
  4. CAD design of on-board interconnection structures (PCB);
  5. Creation of PCB footprints;
  6. Professional inter-tool communication techniques between SCM and PCB environments;
  7. PCB post-processing (generation of netlists, reports, export/import files, post-processing files for technical documentation and manufacturing);
  8. Standardization elements for PCB design;
  9. Elements of analogue, digital and mixed design;
  10. Elements of signal integrity, power integrity and electromagnetic compatibility at the PCB level.

* See on all the technical topics and issues requested by the TC.

on-going regulations

  1. Each university centre will be allowed to participate at the final stage with 4 students, 3 accepted competitors (3 bachelor students + 0 master students or 2 bachelor students + 1 master student) and 1 reserve (student placed in the local stage ranking after the first three), possible to participate in case other universities will not be able to participate or will participate with fewer number of competitors. The organizer will announce at least with 1 week in advance the status of the “reserve students”;
  2. Any student can apply at the local stage of the contest if he/she proves he/she follows the courses of an accredited university.
  3. The organization of the local stage is under the attributions of the universities involved in EPETRUN and other European universities.
  4. The lists of qualified students for the final stage will be sent to the LC of the organizing university at least a two weeks before the final stage starts, according to the demands.
  5. The amount of design time for the local stage is depending on local rules of the organizing university. For the final stage the design time is 240 minutes.
  6. It will be mandatory for each student/competitor to participate with all the necessary hardware & software resources, in order to take part at the contest; the student/university has to prove the existence of the license for the CAD system used in the contest. The organizers will not provide any licensed software to the competitors, their main task being to manage the TIE contest and the whole scientific event around it.
  7.  During the contest, the student can use her/his own documentation, paper-based or in electronic format. The draft papers will be provided by the LC/TC.
  8. The on-going contest regulations can be presented to participants at the beginning of the contest.
  9. During the contest, the students are not allowed to discuss between them, to ask for explanations from another competitor regarding some contest issues, to borrow objects or personal documents. During the contest, the only explanations they can ask are from the officials of LC and/or TC.
  10. The contest will have an official fixed “pre-time” of 30 minutes, in which the competitors will study deeply the subjects and will ask questions; after handing-in the subjects, the students will use these 30 minutes to study the contest subjects without making any design activity on the computer and/or writing down notes and calculus;
  11. In case of a technical problem, the student has to announce as soon as possible the situation to the officials of LC and/or TC present in the contest hall.
  12. The students could benefit by the extension of the contest design time in certain conditions: copy of folders, breakdown of the workstation and software blocking. Any other situations will not be accepted for the extension of the official contest time.
  13. The evaluation at the local stage is done by two officials together with the student who solved the subject. If the student is not present when the evaluation activity starts, he/she will be called when the evaluation session of his/her group ends. If he/she is still not present, his/her subject will be evaluated in his/her absence.
  14. The evaluation at the final stage is done by two officials (from TC and IAC) together with the student who has solved the subject. If the student is not present when the evaluation activity starts, he/she will be called later or at the end of the evaluation session. If he/she is still not present, the subject will be evaluated in his/her absence, but in the presence of a witness student from the same university centre.
  15. The evaluation of the subjects at the final stage is public.
  16. The students who participate at the final stage will be awarded with diplomas and prizes: three prizes and five mentions.
  17. Additionally, IAC will award the best ranked students with “PCB Designer” certificates recognized by the electronics industry.
  18. The first prize winner is not allowed to participate at the future editions of the TIE contest.
  19. The students who are not present at the contest and who are on the contest list will be referred to as “not present”, and those who leave before the contest time expires will be referred to as “abandon”.
  20. The contest rules can be found on the web-page of the contest (, in English and Romanian, and on the web-pages of the EPETRUN university network, depending on the specific of their web-pages.
  21. Any change in the present document will be announced to all the universities participating at the TIE contest immediately after the new version was released.

Rev: December 13, 2011