What SMT assembly techniques should I employ for a small PCB with only a one SOIC ?

So I'm going to repackage this breakout module for simple SPI with a bus-powered LED light strip. It seems expensive and unnecessary for advanced SMT assembly equipment and since its a small PCB with only a few SMDs. What techniques should I employ for this simple SMT assembly?
  • Grab yourself a half-decent temperature-controlled soldering iron and hot air tool. These can be separate or in one rework station.
  • Get some decent anti-static tweezers for placing components.
  • Design a PCB and get it made cheaply. Ask for prototype service if necessary.
  • Whilst waiting for the board you may want to practice soldering or desoldering on some old boards. There are loads of tutorials around for SMT soldering, some good answers on here too, so I won’t go into detail apart from a few small points: flux is your friend, make sure you have plenty of it and use it liberally. Learn to drag solder for the fine pitch ICs – TQFP, SOIC, etc; get a hoof tip for this. Get some good quality wick to clean up bridges.
  • Get more than one of each component so if you make a mess you can try again.

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Oliver is an experienced electronics engineer skilled in PCB design, analog circuits, embedded systems, and prototyping. His deep knowledge spans schematic capture, firmware coding, simulation, layout, testing, and troubleshooting. Oliver excels at taking projects from concept to mass production using his electrical design talents and mechanical aptitude.
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Oliver Smith

Oliver is an experienced electronics engineer skilled in PCB design, analog circuits, embedded systems, and prototyping. His deep knowledge spans schematic capture, firmware coding, simulation, layout, testing, and troubleshooting. Oliver excels at taking projects from concept to mass production using his electrical design talents and mechanical aptitude.

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