This module introduces the learner to Electronic laboratory and Mechatronic workshop practices. There is a strong emphasis on all safety aspects of working with electronic and light metal tools, components and equipment.
Safety in the Electronic and Mechatronic workshop. Safety precautions when using machine tools. Health and safety issues, an understanding of ESD and precautions against ESD.
Explanation of soldering and its uses in the electronics industry. How to use a soldering and care of the soldering iron. Preparation of work and soldering techniques. De-soldering using vacuum tools and braided wire. Seamed soldering. Commercial soldering including flow soldering and surface mount techniques. Identification of components with an emphasis on the physical representation of components in data sheets. Preparation of components for assembly, correct use of bending tools. Lead forming.Correct component mounting.
Preparation of PCBs from prepared artworks (both SMT and Through-Hole). The correct insertion and extraction of components. Prototyping techniques including vero-board and wire-wrapping. Wiring techniques.
Basic Metal Work
Basic metal work skills to allow the student to prepare a front panel or project enclosure. Marking out an aluminium sheet, use of punches and dies. Correct use of tools for drilling, tapping, riveting and bending. Correct use of files.
The project will consist of an electronic application that will bring together the metal work, assembly and soldering skills learned throughout the semester. The theory behind each stage of the project will be given in the 1-hour weekly lecture. The theory will be delivered in a general form so that students may understand the basic principles behind the project. Marks will be allocated on the quality of work produced and on overall aesthetic appearance.
The module is delivered through a series of lectures, laboratory activities as well as student self-directed learning including assessment activities.
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