Soldering Class - 10 Aug 2021
Soldering Class - 10 Aug 2021
Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
What To Bring: Laptop If You Have One
MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE IN ATTENDANCE.
Hello! This is our first class in our new building where we teach the joys of soldering. In this class we will be assembling our ‘Genius Game’ which pays homage to the classic Simon Game. We will build these from scratch, soldering each part on the board and talking about how the part works as we go. The class will run for three hours. Food is not permitted in the class, so please make sure your student eats before the class. The students will leave with a completed soldering kit.
Above you will find a link to our required liability release form. This form is required to be filled out and signed before your student can attend the class. All tools will be provided during the class. We will be using laptops and if you or your student has one that they would like to use, please bring it, but otherwise we have laptops in the classroom that can be used.
Please read the following safety rules with your student and make sure they understand these rules. We have zero-tolerance for horseplay and for students acting in an unsafe way. We will remove your student from activities and refunds will not be available for students that need to be removed from the class.
Soldering Class Safety Rules and Guidance - Safety Is the Top Priority
General Classroom Safety
Report all Injuries/Incidents
- Injuries and incidents do happen.
- Immediately report ALL accidents, injuries, or incidents to Hackerspace staff.
- Immediately discontinue use of the tool(s) or equipment if it becomes unsafe, damaged, or is not working properly
Safe Conduct Agreement
- Prior to using any equipment patrons must agree to and sign the liability waiver agreement.
- Use the space and equipment safely and leave the space and equipment in clean and working condition.
- Work and behave in a way that protects your own safety and the safety of others.
- Ask for help when you are uncertain how to use equipment.
- ZERO TOLERANCE FOR HORSEPLAY. Participants found being reckless will be removed from the class and refunds will NOT be offered.
- Be aware of the locations of first aid, fire, and safety equipment.
- Never use a tool unless you have been trained to use it safely.
- Do not climb on tables or chairs to reach for something.
- Do not cause a distraction, fool around, or startle anyone while either one of you is using a tool.
Use Protective Gear & Dress Right
- Remove ties, jewelry (rings), lanyards, etc., while handling soldering equipment.
- Tie back long hair.
- Wear suitable gloves when handling hot objects or sharp-edged items.
- Eye protection will be provided and is required during all soldering sessions.
Use Tools Correctly
- Use tools how they are designed to be used. (A screwdriver is not a hammer.)
- Never use a broken tool.
- Do not remove tools from the area.
- Never walk away from a tool that is still on/running.
- Never tamper with a tool’s safety features. Operate machinery according to recommended procedures and with safety guards in place, as applicable.
Food and Drinks
- Covered beverages are allowed.
- If a spill occurs inform staff and clean up after yourself before leaving.
- Food is NOT permitted during soldering sessions.
- Clean up after yourself; leave the area clean and tidy.
- Clean and return all tools to where you got them.
- Shut off and unplug machines when cleaning.
- Never use a rag/paper towel near moving equipment.
- Keep the floor around equipment clean, dry, and free from trip hazards.
Safety Rules for Soldering:
Use care while soldering. You should know that soldering irons are HOT! That means you might get burned. It’s okay, everyone gets burned a few times when starting out, but just be careful. You may also need to use tweezers or clamps to help hold things in place while you are working. Also, when you are not using the iron always place it back into the stand.
Always keep your work area clean and organized. Soldering can be dangerous. Keeping your work area clean will help prevent accidents from happening and keep you safe.
Only solder in a well-ventilated area. You can use a fan to pull the fumes away from your face. You can also buy special fans that have a filter built in to absorb the fumes. The visible fumes that you see when soldering is the flux or rosin from the solder. This stuff can make you sick. Be mindful of ventilation when soldering.
Never leave your soldering equipment on when you’re not there to watch it. When you leave your work area make sure you turn your soldering equipment off. It does take a minute or two to warm back up when you come back to work on it, but it’s a lot easier to do that than to have your place burn down. (See rule 1.)
If you use a cleaning sponge, keep it wet. While soldering you need to regularly clean your iron. If you use a sponge to clean it (which is a great way to clean it), you really need to keep it wet.
Always wear eye protection. Solder can fly off your soldering iron pretty easily. If that 400°C solder gets in your eye, you will have bigger problems in your life than soldering.
No matter what you do, wash your hands. Soldering can include things like lead and flux. Both aren’t the best for you when they get in your body. Whenever you get up from your work area, take a moment and wash your hands with warm water and soap.
Do not use soldering equipment that has obvious damage. If you see damage to the iron, cable, or plug either repair it or replace it.
Always try to manage your waste in one place. When you cut leads from your components or other things place them in a bin together. Leaving little pieces of metal on the floor can stab you in really terrible ways. Trust me on this one.