CQI-17 Electronic Assembly Manufacturing-Soldering System Assessment

Significance and Application of CQI-17 EAM SSA

(Electronic Assembly Manufacturing-Soldering System Assessment)


The new AIAG CQI-17 2nd Edition was released in September 2021.

he CQI-17 EAM SSA (Electronic Assembly Manufacturing-Soldering System Assessment) was revised by the AIAG CQI-17 Working Group and officially published on September 14th, 2021.

The North American automotive association AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group) is publisher of the CQI standards (Continuous Quality Improvement). CQI-17 is a self-assessment regarding the soldering processes and must be carried out at least once a year.

This standard is an appendix to IATF 16949 under „customer-specific requirements“ and is valid for all automotive suppliers globally that have entered into a contractual agreement regarding purchasing, supply and quality throughout the supply chain.

As a long standing member of the AIAG, TopQM-Systems already specialized early on in the introduction, development and qualification of employees, as well as auditor training according to the rules of the AIAG for CQI-17 soldering processes in the European and global automotive supplier markets.

The new CQI-17 2nd Edition Electronic Assembly Manufacturing-Soldering System Assessment was released in September 2021.

The new CQI-17 standard can be purchased directly from AIAG.

You have the option of setting the standard as

  • E-Document including assessment or as
  • Hard copy/print version downloadable assessment.

We are licensed trainingpartner of the AIAG in Europe.

View of changes

Cover Sheet

  • new layout
  • the number of evaluation points on the cover sheet has increased


  • more details of “other requirements”
  • section 2 & 3 was split in 2 excel-chapter

Process Tables

  • the process tables have been revised and the number has been reduced.
  • Process tables were merged, canceled and new ones added
  • new Parameter Guideline to each Process Table added

Main Questionaire

  • new question and requirement system

New Audit Result System

  • evaluation and classification procedure for the main audit questionnaire and for each process table

Prozess Tables of CQI-17 Electronic Assembly Manufacturing-Soldering System Assessment

Process Table A

  • Solder Paste Printing + SPI Inspection
  • Table A-1 Process Parameters

Process Table B

  • Surface Mount Component Placement - SMT
    Table B-1 Process Parameters  

Process Table C

  • Reflow Oven + AOI/AXI Inspection
    Table C-1 Process Parameters  

Process Table D

  • Adhesive Dispensing - Component Fixation and Mechanical Support   

Process Table E

  • Wave/Selective Soldering + AXI/Manual Visual Inspection
    Table E-1 Process Parameters

Process Table F

  • Robotic Soldering
    Table F-1 Manual Soldering 

Process Table G

  • Laser/Soft Beam Soldering
  • Table G-1 Process Parameters  


Process Table H


  • Induction Soldering 

Process Table I

  • Press Fit Insertion
  • Table I-1 Process Parameters  

Process Table J

  • Cleaning/Contamination Control
    Table J-1 Process Parameters   

Process Table K

  • Conformal Coating
  • Table K-1 Process Parameters

Process Table L

  • PCA Separation
  • Table L-1 Process Parameters

Process Table M

  • In-Circuit Test

Process Table N

  • Functional Test

Process Table O

  • Rework, Repair, Touch-up  


Our Support


TopQM-Systems audits your company and your subcontractors according to the above AIAG standards. Our auditing concept is based on an audit checklist translated by TopQM-Systems from the original AIAG-CQI guideline and offers you practical "on-the-job training" for your employees during the audit. On request, you can also receive the audit report in the respective national language.


  • AIAG process audits, implementation and reporting
  • Recognized AIAG audits by experienced auditors
  • Audit documentation in the respective national language (worldwide)


TopQM-Systems trains internal CQI auditors. Our CQI training courses are based on AZWV seminar guidelines and the "Understanding AIAG CQI Self Assessment" training module is AIAG licensed. For many years, TopQM-System has been a recognized AIAG seminar provider on the global automotive market.


  • In-house training on self-assessment (incl. audit checklist) - AIAG licensed
  • Training as "Internal CQI-(xx) Auditor"
TopQM-Systems already carries out AIAG audits in the entire supply chain for the largest automotive suppliers. Use our special know-how and contact us for a non-binding, detailed offer.

AIAG CQI audits for "Special Processes" - can also performed as remote audits -

In addition to on-site audits, TopQM-Systems has also been conducting remote audits for your location and your suppliers for several years. Qualified and experienced TopQM-CQI auditors with many years of experience are available to you in Germany, the EU and also on site worldwide. Especially in these uncertain Corona times, we are a reliable partner on site, as well as via remote audits. Use our global expert audit team.


ONLINE Inhouse is possible

Seminar-Id: 08-029

CQI-17 2nd Edition

Electronic Assembly Manufacturing-Soldering System Assessment (EAM SSA)

Online seminar Online Training
395,00 €
Onlinetraining Inhouse is possible

Seminar-Id: 01-080

Internal Auditor for Management Systems according to ISO 19011 - 2018
Online seminar Online Training
495,00 €
AIAG licensed Inhouse is possible

Seminar-Id: 03-015

Understanding AIAG CQI Self Assessment
Open seminar Open Training
620,00 €
Online seminar Online Training
620,00 €
Inhouse is possible

Seminar-Id: 03-055

TopQM CQI-9/-11/-12/-15/-17/-23/-27 Auditor
Open seminar Open Training
620,00 €
Online seminar Online Training
620,00 €
Online Training Inhouse is possible

Seminar-Id: 08-031

TopQM CQI Special Processes - Refresher for Auditors
Online seminar Online Training
320,00 €


Preparation Remote possible

Audit-Id: 10-010

Audit Pre-Check-up & Preparation
On-Site audit On-site
Remote audit Remote
Process Audit Remote possible

Audit-Id: 10-100

AIAG CQI Process Audits

CQI-9 / CQI-11 / CQI-12 / CQI-15 / CQI-23 / CQI-27

On-Site audit On-site
Remote audit Remote
Follow up Remote possible

Audit-Id: 10-200

Audit Follow-up & Plausibility check
On-Site audit On-site
Remote audit Remote
Follow-up Remote possible

Audit-Id: 10-210

Audit Effectiveness Check (Validation Audit)
On-Site audit On-site
Remote audit Remote