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Hand Soldering Certification

Hand Soldering Operator Certification focuses on teaching the foundation of soldering knowledge and teaching the hands-on skills and techniques of how to solder.Technologies covered include, Wires and Terminals, Through-Hole and Surface Mount soldering as well as Lap Solder joints.  Attendees also benefit from an introduction to Through-Hole and Surface Mount Rework.

Using both lead and lead-free alloys, attendees will solder practice pieces, inspect them to submit for Instructor inspection and feedback before moving on to their final workmanship pieces to be graded for certification. Both the attendees and the Instructor will inspect all pieces to ensure they meet Class 3 criteria.

This program is a “hands-on” experience with approximately 75% of the time spent doing, students experience the technology first hand.

Customize this course by selecting only the days/modules that meet your training requirements.

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Introduction to Soldering
  • Specifications/Applicable Documents
  • Terms and Definitions
  • Tools and Material Selection and Maintenance
  • Procedures in Making a Good Solder Joint
  • Soldering Technology-Wires & Terminals
  • Acceptability Criteria
  • Wire Preparation
  • Terminal Connections and Soldering
  • Practical Session-Soldering Terminals

Day 2

  • Lap Soldering
  • Acceptability Criteria
  • Splices - Wrap / Hook
  • Heat Shrink Sleeving
  • Practical Session-Lap Solder Joints
  • Introduction to Through-Hole
  • Specifications/Applicable Documents
  • Electrostatic Discharge
  • Through-Hole Terms and Definitions
  • Tools and Material Selection and Maintenance
  • Procedures in Making a Good Solder Joint
  • Soldering Technology - Through-Hole

Day 3

  • Practical Session-Through-Hole Practice Board
  • Instructor/Student Review
  • Acceptability Criteria
  • Solder Rework Techniques-Through-Hole
  • Through-Hole Component Removal Methods
  • Practical Session-Through-Hole Rework-Practice Board
  • Instructor/Student Review
  • Practical Session-Through-Hole Test Board
  • Instructor Inspection/Feedback

Day 4

  • Introduction to Surface Mount
  • Specifications/Applicable Documents
  • Surface Mount Terms and Definitions
  • Tools and Material Selection and Maintenance
  • Procedures in Making a Good Solder Joint
  • Soldering Technology – Surface Mount
  • Practical Session-Surface Mount Practice Board
  • Instructor/Student Review

Day 5

  • Acceptability Criteria
  • Solder Rework Techniques-Surface Mount
  • Surface Mount Component Removal Methods
  • Practical Session-Surface Mount Rework-Practice Board
  • Instructor/Student Review
  • Practical Session-Surface Mount Test Board
  • Instructor Inspection/Feedback
  • Course Summary/Review

Choose the format for Hand Soldering Certification that fits your needs

EPTAC offers a variety of options for the way you like to learn or how you would like a program delivered. From Scheduled Classes (in various locations), Dedicated Classes (where you select the class, date and time and we deliver the program at your facility), EPTAC has you covered.


Scheduled Classes - In Person

Attend a live instructor led class which are regularly scheduled in a variety of locations across North America. Enjoy the real time conversations and interaction with EPTAC’s Master Instructors and your classmates.

Dedicated Classes - On Site

Have a group of employees to train and certify? Let us create a class at your location on your schedule. We will have one of EPTAC’s Master Instructors ready with all the required equipment and materials. Ask us how we can make it happen.

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