If your soldering technique fails, your assembly will fail. Unfortunately, it may not fail immediately. Poor solder joints may hold until the PCB is installed and on its way to the consumer. The minuet speck of solder goes unnoticed until it slides under the microprocessor and fries $100 in components. Solder training can save you or your business a considerable amount of money and troubleshooting headaches.
Large industry solutions
Large industries can benefit from in-house solder training. A better choice is to have one or more individuals trained as instructors. Several companies, including BEST and Omni, offer IPC Master Certification training for IPC-A-610, J-STD-001 and other requirements. BEST offers a mobile program that will come to your facilities. Courses can be designed to meet your business's soldering needs from BGA Rework, SMT and Advanced SMT.
Blackfox offers downloadable training programs for in-house training. Kits are purchased separately and include options for NASA cable assembly. Certifications for soldering must be completed through actual classes. Advanced employee preparation will improve the chances for students to receive the required certification.
EPTAC offers in-house and eTraining programs. The eTraining programs allow participants to have audio/video interaction with an instructor from any location. Students must own a copy of the IPC or J-STD manual prior to the start of the program.
NASA requirements can be met through IPC J-STD-001ES in addition to other IPC class certifications. A downloadable workbook is available for students working on NASA-STD-8739.3.
Small business and hobbyists
The downloadable classes are also an excellent choice for a small business or hobbyists. A wide range of classes are available that will help individuals improve soldering techniques. Many training companies also offer free video courses designed for improving soldering skills for those that do not need to hold a certification. Even when certification is not required, improving your soldering skills will lead to greater efficiency and better results.