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Wave Soldering 101

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Wave soldering is one of the oldest automated soldering processes in the electronics industry. Despite the age of the technology, wave soldering still plays a critical role in many manufacturing operations. In this online course, industry veteran Mike Kaminsky, Kester, guides you through all aspects of the wave solder process to understand different methods of applying flux, different types of preheat designs, and how the boards should interact with the solder wave.


Who Should Take This Course?
This course is intended for entry-level technicians or operators, engineers new to the industry, or even someone who has been away from the process for a while.


Topics Covered:

  • Introduction to Soldering
  • Assembly Process Overview
  • Wave Soldering Overview and Factors Affecting Wave Soldering
  • Wave Soldering Materials
       -Substrates and Surface Finishes
       -Fixturing and Support
  • Equipment
       -Solder Pot (Bath)
  • Thermal Profile
  • Process Defects


After taking the online course, the trainee should be capable to accomplish the following tasks:

  • Understand basic process including fixturing and tooling
  • Understand baseline process parameters
  • Identify process defects
  • Perform basic defect troubleshooting

Note: some prior familiarity with the specific equipment is expected.

Course Length and Format:

  • Approximately 110 minutes of recorded material
  • Content is sectioned into short video clips ranging from two to 20 minutes per topic
  • You can download the 148 page PDF to follow along with the recordings
  • It will take you an estimated 1-3 hours (cumulative) to complete the course
  • A 17 question quiz will test your knowledge retention of the course material
  • A certificate of completion can be emailed to you once a satisfactory score is achieved on the quiz


Review Committee:

  • Martin Anselm, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
  • Mulugeta Abtew, Sanmina Corporation
  • Tom Beck, MannCorp
  • Charles Brown, Intervala, LLC
  • Donald Burr, Global Traffic Technologies, LLC
  • Miguel Colomer, Yamaha Motor Corporation
  • Fred Dimock, BTU
  • Michael Kaminsky, Kester, Inc.
  • Rita Mohanty, Henkel
  • Viswanadham Puligandla, Nokia (Retired)
  • Andreas Scheer, MannCorp
  • Carlos Tafoya, AIM Solder