Profession wave soldering machine operator

Wave soldering machine operators set up and operate machines to solder electronic components to the printed circuit board. They read blueprints and layout designs.

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Personality Type


  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

  • Printed circuit boards

    Printed circuit boards (PCB) are essential components to almost all electronic devices. They consist of thin wafers or substrates on which electronic components, such as microchips, are placed. The electronic components are electrically connected through conductive tracks and pads.

  • Circuit diagrams

    Read and comprehend circuit diagrams showing the connections between the devices, such as power and signal connections.

  • Temperature scales

    Celsius and Fahrenheit temperature scales.


  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Read assembly drawings

    Read and interpret drawings listing all the parts and subassemblies of a certain product. The drawing identifies the different components and materials and provides instructions on how to assemble a product.

  • Prepare board for soldering

    Prepare the loaded printed circuit boards for solder operations. Clean the board and mark designated areas.

  • Maintain furnace temperature

    Monitor and govern the pyrometer to control the furnace temperature.

  • Ensure public safety and security

    Implement the relevant procedures, strategies and use the proper equipment to promote local or national security activities for the protection of data, people, institutions, and property.

  • Solder components onto electronic board

    Solder electronic components onto bare electronic boards to create loaded electronic boards using hand soldering tools or soldering machinery.

  • Ensure conformity to specifications

    Ensure that the assembled products are conform to the specifications given.

  • Monitor machine operations

    Observe machine operations and evaluate product quality thereby ensuring conformity to standards.

  • Inspect quality of products

    Use various techniques to ensure the product quality is respecting the quality standards and specifications. Oversee defects, packaging and sendbacks of products to different production departments.

  • Measure furnace temperature

    Monitor the product temperature using the available tools and measuring instruments and adjust furnace temperature if needed.

  • Operate wave soldering machine

    Operate the wave soldering machine to solder electronic components onto the printed circuit board. Here, the board is moved over a wave of liquid solder and the connections inserted through the board are bonded firmly to the circuit board.

  • Assemble printed circuit boards

    Attach electronic components to the printed circuit board through applying soldering techniques. Electronic components are placed in holes in through-hole assembly (THT), or are placed on the surface of PCB in surface-mount assembly (SMT).

Optional knowledge and skills

dispose of soldering waste ipc standards use cam software oversee logistics of finished products through-hole technology printed circuit boards testing methods surface-mount technology keep records of work progress report defective manufacturing materials repair electronic components test printed circuit boards clean printed circuit board apply health and safety standards resolve equipment malfunctions write records for repairs check for solder defects apply technical communication skills

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