Practical 1 - Wire Stripping
Removing the insulating layer from wires, or Wire Stripping, is an important skill for connecting parts electrically in robotics. This skill is a good place for an apprentice to begin learning practical electrical skills.
Practical 2 - Wire to Wire Soldering
Using solder, a low melting temperature electrically conductive metal, to join two wires together will be learned as an electrical initiate. This will also involve the use of a soldering iron.
Practical 3 - Wire to Board Soldering
When attaching wire to an electrical board semi-permanently, solder and a solder iron is used. The appropriate amount of solder to use and the techniques necessary to make a solid connection will be learned in this section.
Practical 4 - Heat Shrink Application
After solder connections are made, it is important to re-insulate the electrical circuit. Heat shrink is used to make a semi-permanent insulating cover over wire junctions. Use of this tubing and the heat gun will be learned in this section.
Practical 5 - Crimping
In addition to solder connections, connectors can be physically connected to the ends of wires to allow them to plug into receptacles. The process is known as crimping. There are multiple connector types and therefore crimping styles that must be learned by an initiate in electrical. These include Anderson Connectors, Ferrule Connectors, and PWM (also known as Molex) Connectors. The connectors types and their associated crimping tools and functions will be learned in this section.