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What is a chef doing on a web site about soldering? He's making a technical subject friendly and accessible to everyone from operators with limited formal schooling to engineers with advanced degrees.
Most soldering operators have limited education. So solder training programs have always avoided teaching the chemistry, metallurgy and physics of soldering; they think operators won't be able to understand the scientific concepts.
But operators are smart. They can understand the critical process science. It's just a matter of explaining the process in ways that are familiar to them. So we created a soldering "recipe" that produces perfect soldering every time. a recipe is a familiar concept for everyone, including operators. A recipe does not frighten them. And that's why we feature the chef here and in our course materials.
Soldering is a lot like baking a cake in the sense that there are required ingredients, a required sequence for combining the ingredients, and required temperature for required time. There are just 7 steps in the soldering recipe. If those steps are followed in the right sequence, the result will always be perfect soldering.
Following the soldering recipe gives perfect results
Not following the soldering recipe causes defects
The other fatal mistake of solder training has been the emphasis on memorization. J-STD-001 and A-610 training consist of memorizing pictures and rules rather than providing knowledge about how to actually perform reliable soldering.
Science of Soldering©, on the other hand, consists of demonstrations, experiments and troubleshooting exercises in addition to thorough video presentations and discussions.
Students in our classes are given a soldering exercise that contains several out-of-control process problems. Materials melt, solder refuses to flow and defect piles on top of defect. Helped by experiments and demonstrations, the students troubleshoot their process and eliminate the defects using the recipe.
There is another reason for our teaching methodology. Most operators have been soldering for many years and believe they know everything there is to know about soldering. After all, they have always been evaluated on the basis of solder cosmetics and their work was always cosmetically perfect. But their defenses drop when they are unable to solve the process problem. They realize that their work in the past has not been reliable. And they become open to learning.
The lessons of the operator course are the same fundamentals we teach engineers (see the curriculum). The language is simpler and the lessons do not go into the science as deeply, but the operators are indeed taught like engineers. When they return to work, they are able to communicate effectively with process engineers when materials problems show up. More effective communication means faster identification of process problems and solutions that eliminate the problems.
The only other difference between the operator and engineering classes is the amount of manual skills development. Operators spend more time applying the recipe to various types of wiring, through–hole and surface mount exercises while engineers delve deeper into the technical aspects, generally on the shop floor.
Training is an investment. You need the highest return on that investment. And no other training comes close to delivering as much as Science of Soldering©. Science of Soldering© actually pays for itself - and keeps on paying for itself, over and over.
Only Science of Soldering© teaches the soldering process. We teach about wetting forces, solderability and solderability management, properties of fluxes and much more critical information you won't find in other courses. Other courses emphasize finding and reworking defects; Science of Soldering© teaches the corrective action steps that ensure defects are not repeated.
Science of Soldering© is filled with hands-on soldering exercises with the component types found in your products, demonstrations, and process problem trouble-shooting accompanied by thorough audio-visual presentations, and class discussions. A-610 training, on the other hand, is entirely memorization.
J-STD-001 and A-610 define three classes of product (which can be categorized as low reliability, medium reliability and high reliability). And they insist that their students memorize the requirements for all three classes. But most companies only have one class (or, occasionally, two) for all their products. So why confuse students with details they will never need? Science of Soldering© focuses on your specific requirements.
Science of Soldering© classes include evaluation of your existing processes and recommendations for changes in procedures and materials that will greatly increase your efficiency and product reliability. A-610 and J-STD-001 don't.
The cost of training includes wages while your employees are not producing. Science of Soldering© teaches more in less time. Your employees will be back on the job faster and working much more effectively thanks to their new knowledge and skills.
When it comes to training, you have a choice. And the choice is simple. Science of Soldering© gives you much more and costs less.