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

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Temperature scales

    Celsius and Fahrenheit temperature scales.

  • 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.

Skills

  • Prepare board for soldering

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Measure furnace temperature

    Measure temperature of product to determine necessity for adjusting furnace temperature or timing cycle, using thermal instruments and charts.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Maintain furnace temperature

    Observe pyrometer and adjust controls to maintain temperature between specified limits.

  • Read standard blueprints

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

  • Solder components onto electronic board

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

  • Monitor machine operations

    Observing machine operations and evaluating product quality thereby ensuring conformity to standards.

  • Ensure conformity to specifications

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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