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Nils Fredriksson
Nils Fredriksson is the president of the student organization XP-el at Luleå University of Technology. Photo: Linda Alfredsson

Student Association with a taste for electronics

Published: 8 April 2015

Mend broken electronics, programming or soldering circuit boards. In the student association XP-el's new and larger premises, only imagination sets the limits of what gets done. – Come and have fun! says the chairman Nils Fredriksson.

XP-el has its new club premises in the A building. A little bit of work remains before it is completely finished, but the chairman is satisfied. Here you can find most of the instruments necessary for a successful workshop, ranging from oscilloscopes and capacitors to soldering stations and huge quantities of electronic components.

– And would there be something missing, we find it, says Nils Fredriksson who himself studies at the Master Programme in Mecanical Engineering.

With its 40 years of history, XP-el is one of the oldest student associations at Luleå University of Technology. 

– This is the place you go to if you want to build or repair things. Traditionally, the focus has been on electronics, but we hope to develop the business so that in the future it would be possible to do more mechanical things. And my wish list includes a 3D printer and a computer-controlled milling!

Most of XP-el's members studies Computer Science, but hopefully more students from other programmes will find their way to the association. One of XP-el's strengths are students' opportunities to share experiences and knowledge with each other.

– If you lack knowledge, there's always someone to ask and everyone is very helpful. I think it's useful for students to try things in practice, not just learning theory. Not least, I think it prepares you for working life, where practical knowledge is often asked for. 

As a member you have access to the premises at any time, for the curious non-member, there is an open house every Tuesday night. Also, every year  XP-el arranges a popular circuit board course. In this course, you learn how to build a circuit board from scratch. 

– It requires no experience, beginners are welcome. Additionally, we have courses in soldering and microprocessor programming, says Nils Fredriksson.

– And if you don't feel like experimenting, you can still come here and just hang out!