University of Surrey logo  

U/G Teaching Labs
Electronic Engineering Dept
Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey
GU2 7XH. United Kingdom

Tel: (01483) 689132 (Lab Manager)
Tel: (01483) 689840 (Lab Supervisor)
Tel: (01483) 686064 (1st Year Lab)
Tel: (01483) 686063 (2nd Year Lab)

Electronic Engineering Labs logo

Welcome to the Electronic Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Labs homepage! Here you should find information about the software and services that the labs offer to our staff and students as well as links to useful resources and course notes.

General Information  ||   Safety Information  ||   Labs  ||   PCB Design  ||   Stocked Components  ||   Useful Resources

General Information


The Electronic Engineering Labs and associated workshops take up almost the entire of the fourth floor of the AB academic building (AB04).

Opening Hours

The standard opening hours during term time and over summer are 09:00 to 17:00 Monday-Friday, the labs close at 12:50 for lunch and re-open again at 13:50. Opening hours for Christmas and Easter holidays are restricted, with the labs being closed completely on all University Holidays and Bank Holidays, details of restrictions will be shown on lab entrances, this website and by email to relevant users. The labs are not open at weekends. Timetables for when a lab is in use can be found on the individual pages for each lab.


Name, email Office, Phone no. Responsibilities Special skills
Bill Backhouse


(01483 68) 9840

Laboratory Supervisor and Media Labs (and 1st Year Lab)
  • Laser cutter
  • Surface mount work
John Mouat


(01483 68) 6063

2nd Year Lab and Embedded Systems Lab
Dave Fishlock

(01483 68) 9132

Technical Services Manager and Surrey Space Centre Labs
Richard Clarke


(01483 68) 9839

Electronic Services - Electronic design consultancy, teaching lab support
Raphael Sutcliffe

03AB04 Board fabrication, electrical safety, first line repairs
  • PCB design and manufacture
  • Repairs
Eric Worpe

03AB04 Part-time. Analogue electronics engineer
  • Mechanics
  • Discrete electronics
Andy Walker


(01483 68) 4710

Surrey Space Centre Labs
  • 3d printer
  • Surface mount work


Tools are available to borrow for each lab session, but we highly recommend that you have your own. We have toolkits available to buy for £10. If you wish to see an example of one or to purchase one, please see the 1st Year Lab technician in 08AB04, next to the 1st Year Lab.


The printers in the labs are intended for lab-related work only. Due to this, page numbers allowed to be printed are severely restricted to reduce wastage. Please print course notes, past exam papers, reports and anything else non-lab-related elsewhere. Also, to save paper, please consider printing only the pages you really require from things such as data sheets, as they can be very long. If you have a print job that you feel is legitimate lab use and it goes over the page allowance, please notify a technician, stating the number of the computer you are trying to print from and they should be able to allow the job through to the printer.

Laser cutting, 3d printing etc.

We have a laser cutter, 3d printer, vacuum former and pick and place solder station to assist students and staff members with their work. For more information please click here.

Back to Top

Safety Information

Fire Alarms and Fire Exits

The fire alarm sound is a loud, repeating, rising siren, accompanied by a flashing warning light in some areas. If the alarm sounds continuously for longer than four seconds, it is not a test and you must evacuate the building by the nearest fire escape immediately. There will usually be staff around to guide you to the nearest exit, which is the nearest stairwell, if not blocked by fire. Assuming it is safe to do so, the assembly point for an evacuation of the laboratories is outside the Santander Bank.

First Aid

If you, or someone you are with, require first aid at any time while you are in the labs, please contact one of the technicians immediately. If you are unable to find a technician, there are campus phones within their offices and one outside the 2nd year lab/Media lab door near the lift - use it to dial 3333, the emergency number for campus Security, all security officers are first aid trained. Do not dial 999 from on campus, Security will do this for you as they will need to guide the ambulance to you if one is required.

Emergency Stop Buttons

It is very unlikely, but possible, that someone in the labs may get an electric shock. If you suspect this is happening do not touch them, but immediately press one of the "Emergency Stop" buttons located in the lab they are in to kill the power. These are large red buttons, usually located at the end of a room, with a notice above them saying what they are. If you believe someone has been electrocuted, after you have pressed the button, immediately tell a technician, or dial 3333 from a campus phone, or 01483 68 3333 from a mobile, this is the emergency number for campus Security. Do not dial 999 from on campus, Security will do this for you as they will need to guide the ambulance to you if one is required.

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)

Please be advised that we have CCTV in the labs. The footage is used for the safety of staff and students as well as to protect University property and personal possessions of lab users. We follow the University's code of practice.

Back to Top


1st Year Lab

The 1st Year Lab contains all the basic equipment for practical Electronics experiments. Each bench has DC power supplies to 30V and additional split-rail supplies, digital and analogue oscilloscopes, digital multimeters and function generators; soldering irons are also available for use. There is also an attached PC area available for experiments, circuit design and experiment write-ups. More specific information can be found here.

2nd Year Lab

The 2nd Year Lab contains much the same type of equipment as the 1st Year Lab, but often with additional features. The computers here are dual-boot Windows and Linux and have our more advanced range of software on the Windows image. In one corner of this lab is our RF Anechoic chamber. More specific information can be found here.

John Mouat is the second year lab technician and is therefore responsible for this lab.

Embedded Systems Lab

Also known, for historical reasons, as the "Tels Lab", this room has our more advanced software range on most of the computers. It is also home to our EyasSat educational satellites, Xilinx FPGA development boards and surface mount soldering facilities. It also houses our pick and place soldering station. More specific information can be found here.

John Mouat is also responsible for this lab.

RF Lab

This lab contains most of our RF-oriented equipment including spectrum analysers, network analysers, digital oscilloscopes and RF signal generators, alongside our standard equipment. It is also home to the Satellite Modem Testbeds. More specific information can be found here.

Media Labs

The Media Lab suite consists of four rooms - Studio, Control Room, Video Editing Room and Audio Editing Room. The Control Room and the two editing rooms contain powerful Intel-based Mac Pro computers with software such as Logic Pro, Final Cut Studio and Pro Tools. The Studio can be used for both video and audio recordings. More specific details on all the rooms can be found here.

The Media Labs are also home to the Maker Space being developed for use by students. This is an ongoing project and details of what is present wil be provided at a later date.

Bill Backhouse is responsible for this lab.

Back to Top

PCB Design


Within the labs we have EAGLE available for circuit design. If you wish to use some PCB design software on your own computer, we would recommend EAGLE as they have a freeware version of their software available here. Many other packages are available, but we cannot guarantee that designs will be compatible with our software.

Accepted File Formats

Please see the TSU guidelines but essentially we expect you to supply Gerber or PDF files as these are industry standard vector formats. We are not able to accept files in any other format.

Design Limitations

Due to the manufacturing process used, we prefer single-sided boards where possible. Double-sided boards can be produced, but we are unable to create plated through-holes, which may cause you problems in board population. The minimum track size we are able to work with is 0.25mm, thicker tracks are recommended to prevent tracks lifting off the board when soldering. We are unable to apply a "silk screen" layer to our PCBs, so please remember to switch this layer off during printing. As we use transparent (and therefore reversible) film to produce our PCBs, some indication must be made in the copper layer as to the correct orientation of the board. If this is not done, boards may be produced in such a way that connections for ICs etc... are the reverse of what is required.

Submitting a Design

All designs submitted for manufacture must be accompanied by a completed form from our cost calculator. Fill in and submit the required information and print the summary. The summary must be signed either by your project supervisor or a lab technician. The form and accompanying film sheet or file should then be submitted to the Technical Services Workshop (04AB04).

Further Information

Further information and guidelines about producing a PCB can be found here. Alternatively, please contact Raphael Sutcliffe in the Technical Services Workshop (04AB04).

Back to Top

Stocked Components

Basic Range

We keep a wide range of ceramic, polyester and electrolytic capacitors, 0.25W resistors, variable resistors and connectors within the labs. We also have a more limited range of op-amps, transistors, voltage regulators, diodes, LEDs, switches, common ICs and surface mount resistors and capacitors. Please feel free to ask if we have specific items, we may keep a stock or have some left over from previous projects.

Ordering Components

If you require any items for your project that we do not stock, we will need to order it in for you, however you should be aware of the budget of your project before you attempt to place an order. We will require you to print and fill out a student order form (pdf), one for each different supplier that you will be ordering from. The form needs to be signed by your project supervisor and returned to the appropriate technician for ordering:

You should attempt to use one of our preferred suppliers below for your parts, we have agreements with them for various discounts and orders will be completed much faster (usually a couple of days). If this is unavoidable (e.g. in the case of a specialist part), please try to use UK suppliers in the first instance to reduce postage time and cost. Overseas suppliers should only be used as a last resort as orders may take months to complete as customs clearance and import charges will delay your order.

Preferred Suppliers

Back to Top

Useful Resources


University Pages

Instruction Sheets



Back to Top