What is this course about?
This course will teach an electronic technician about advanced methods of repair & equipment in general. Troubleshooting in depth will be discussed along each topic (Analog and Digital Circuitry). Through experiments, they will be experiencing the behavior of each and every component in detail to be able to troubleshoot 'without a schematic diagram' and by only 'observing the damaged circuit's behavior'. The participants will gain a good practical knowledge of SMT soldering, SMT de-soldering & maintaining SMT PCB boards with minimum risks. Upon completion of the Level 2 course, they will be able to do repair on PCB tracks as well:
1. General Safety Precaution in Electrical Works:
• Safety Precautions.
• Safety in Handling Devices/Components.
• Dangers of Electric Shocks
2. Complete Oscilloscope Tutorial:
• The Purpose of an Oscilloscope.
• Quick Setup.
• Other Oscilloscope Controls.
3. Introduction to Power Components & Their Testing Methods:
• Field-Effect Transistor.
• Varistors and Their Testing.
• Loadcells and Their Testing.
• Current Transformer and Their Testing.
4. Studying Components and ICs in Circuits:
• Experiments with Various Components (i.e. Regulators, Op-amps, Transistors & etc.).
• Experiments with Analogue ICs.
• Experiments with Digital ICs.
5. RF (Radio Frequency), Modulation Methods, Transmitters & Receivers
• Introductions to Radio Frequency Concepts.
• Modulation Methods.
• Basic Circuitry of an Electromagnetic Transmitter.
• Circuitry of an Electromagnetic Receiver.
6. Techniques And Safety of SMT Soldering And Desoldering:
• Why SMT Soldering (Surface Mounting Technology)?
• Methods of Hand-soldering SMD Components.
• Methods of Hand Desoldering SMD Components.
• Cleaning and Maintaining Your PCBs.
7. Appendix for Electronics Enthusiast
Who should attend?
We assume the participant has a good fundamental knowledge and experience about electronics in advance (Or has passed the Level 1 Course) and therefore more complicated subjects are to be discussed. The course has been designed to enhance the participant’s knowledge and practical skills even further with a better understanding of electronic circuitry, advanced electronic components, and the skill of soldering and de-soldering SMD components.
Why Such Topics Are Discussed In This Repair Course (Are They Necessary)?
This course has been designed with collaboration with many repairs engineers including our own. Over 10 years of experience of our repairs engineers make up for a sound course with exceptionally valuable repair methods and data you won’t find anywhere else. Knowing the functionality of components in different designs is only half of the deal in a successful repair. Knowing specific repair methods and weak points of different circuits will save you hours if not days of confusion. It is quite rare to find a course on repairs since most of the repair centers would like to keep their secret techniques to themselves. Fictron however believes in freedom of information and wouldn’t mind sharing them with your repair personnel.
We believe that for a successful engineer in the fields of electronics, familiarity and experience can come handier than pure academic information at numerous occasions in every repair job. We often face graduated students who have a hard time repairing circuits because of lack of experience and practical information on repairs since their educational background has taught them more about design than repair. And that is exactly why we have put together these repair courses. Some of the subjects may have the same name as the topics discussed for a typical electronics engineer. The context however, is absolutely different than those discussed in an academic institution. In these courses, everything that is said, is done:
General Safety Precaution in Electrical Works:
Considering how sensitive today’s electronic circuits are, you could successfully repair a circuit board and spoil the same board an hour later by ignoring electro-static safety rules. There’re also many cases of electric shocks when repairing devices that haven’t been operating for months… as there’s always some electricity stored in some devices. In this section Safety of The boards and the repairs engineer are fully discussed.
Complete Oscilloscope Tutorial:
It’s almost impossible to repair today’s complicated circuit boards without the help of essential devices such as an oscilloscope. It’s a device many repairs technicians ignore without realizing the time-saving and in-depth repair benefits. We make sure you can make good use of your oscilloscope in your lab regardless of its model and options as long as it’s calibrated.
Introduction to Power Components & Their Testing Methods:
Since this course is aimed at “Industrial Electronic Repairs”, it includes testing the full range of power modules and high voltage components which are widely used in Industrial Electronics.
Studying Components and ICs in Circuits:
Manufacturers would like to reduce the cost of their production but using every component in the best possible way. Although this is very good for customers, it can increase the complexity of circuit designs. A repairs person must know how components are used in different circuits to be able to troubleshoot a broken circuit board.
RF (Radio Frequency), Modulation Methods, Transmitters & Receivers
Wireless Technologies are commonly used in PLC systems for cost saving benefits in remote control applications and knowing about modular transmitters and their function will greatly enhance an engineer’s repair skills.
Techniques and Safety of SMT Soldering and Desoldering:
Even the best repairs engineer with the sharpest repair skills won’t be able to repair today’s advanced circuit boards if s/he doesn’t know how to solder and de-solder SMD components. In many cases a re-soldering of ICs in a PCB will solve the issues created by vibration and etc. And in many other cases, a healthy expensive IC can be easily spoiled if it’s be soldered at the wrong temperature and exceed a specific amount of seconds. That’s is why Solder and De-soldering SMD components is a truly state of the art skill that every electronic repairs person must acquire.