Soldering is a process in which two or more metal items are joined together by melting and flowing a filler metal (solder) into the joint, the filler metal having a lower melting point than the work piece. Soldering is welding technique that is used specifically in electrical and electronics manufacturing. If you want to be a soldering technician, you can enroll in college programs as well as participating hands-on training programs on actual job sites.
Soldering technicians follow specific plans and blueprints to weld a variety of different metals. Soldering technicians often work in electronics and electrical manufacturing such as making electronic circuit boards. They are also responsible for feeding the parts to be welded into a robot when automated welding is required. Due to health hazards, all works that concern welding, brazing and soldering should be performed in well-ventilated areas. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued this directive. Furthermore, workers are required to wear protective goggles, masks and shoes.
Soldering technicians can enhance further their skills and know how in on-the-job training sites as well as by enrolling in community colleges, technical schools and career centers. Students can enroll in soldering technician-related courses such as shop, math, mechanical drawing and blueprint reading. Welding and electronics training programs also provide soldering courses.
Instructions are provided through hands-on training as well as coursework lectures in soldering and welding techniques. Shielded metal arc welding, direct and alternating currents, soldering devices and procedures, blueprint reading, safety and temperature control are some of the subjects included in the soldering technician coursework. Good math, communication skills and good hand-eye coordination are also a must in the profession.
Certifications for welding technicians and solderers are mandatory in order to be hired for welding or specific skill jobs. The American Welding Society offers certification in several types of welding. The Institute for Printed Circuits also offers training as well as certification for welding technicians that are specializing in soldering.