LEARNING ELECTRONICS THROUGH ARCADE GAME REPAIR
Are you looking for an exciting new career as an electrician?

POTIONS & PIXELS, in conjunction with our community partners, is excited to launch a new workforce development program!

This program introduces students to the fundamentals of electronics through fun, hands-on work with arcade game machines. The program does not require any prior knowledge of electronics. Through the course of the program, students will learn everything from using a digital multimeter to soldering, while working in small groups to repair arcade game machines. The skills taught will be transferable to all forms of electrical work.

DPR Construction will be offering electrician jobs to qualified participants in the program. The arcade gurus at Abari Game Bar will be providing the lessons.

This program is geared toward those who are unemployed, underemployed or looking for a career change. There are only 20 seats available.

Application deadline: Sunday, August 11th.
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COMMUNITY PARTNERS
DPR Construction
Abari Game Bar
SetPlay
The Park Community Development Corporation
North End Community Coalition
Habitat for Humanity Charlotte
City of Charlotte North End Smart District
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
As a partner in this program, DPR Construction is offering electrician jobs to qualified participants.

What is the market average wage for an electrician?

Starting Hourly Wage:
$13 - 15 per hour for 40 hours per week
With an opportunity to work up to 15 hours overtime at time-and-a-half pay

By year 4, the hourly wage typically increases to $32 per hour.
REQUIREMENTS
The program does not require any prior knowledge of electronics.
Students must be 18 years of age or older.
Students must have either graduated High School or completed a GED program.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD CANDIDATE?
Interest in technology.
Strong desire to learn.
Critical thinking skills.
Highly motivated
Ready, willing, and able to do what it takes to be successful.
COST
The program costs $50.
Payment is due at the first session in the form of cash, check, or card.
Scholarships are available based on financial need. Payment plans can also be arranged based on financial need.
SCHEDULE
The program will begin in August, and take place over the course of 15 weeks.
In general, the program will take place every week on Thursday from 6:30 pm - 9 pm.
Students are expected to attend each session.
COURSE OUTLINE
Beginning Electronics
This section assumes that you have no previous electronics training and takes you through a look at electronic components, electronic circuits, schematic diagrams and more. Understanding electronics is easy when you learn the basics of how circuits and components operate.

Using a Digital Multimeter - The digital multimeter is the single most important piece of test equipment you can use. Students learn how to use the meter to make the tests and measurements necessary for fixing all types of machines.

Electronic Components - All of the individual components used in gaming machines are introduced. Parts such as resistors, potentiometers, and capacitors are covered individually. Students learn how the components function in the circuits and how to test them for proper operation using the digital multimeter.

Schematic Diagrams - Schematic diagrams are the blueprints for electronic circuits. Learning to interpret schematic diagrams is an important skill. The schematic symbols are used throughout the course and students become familiar with schematic diagrams throughout the class.

Diodes, Transistors & Other Semiconductors
Semiconductors are the basis for just about everything in today’s arcade equipment. Semiconductor failures of all types are among the most common of problems you will encounter when fixing power supplies and monitors.

We will look at all of the different types of semiconductors commonly seen in arcade machines. We’ll take a look at the operation of each component, along with testing procedures to determine if the part is good or bad. Students will have ample opportunities to practice their testing skills during the hands-on transistor lab. Replacement components will also be discussed.

Soldering and Power Supplies
Component removal and replacement is the focus of this section. During this section, each student will learn how to operate a soldering iron. Power supplies are at the heart of all electronic systems and power supply failure is common in all of them. Arcade machines are certainly not immune. It is not uncommon for an arcade machine to have a half dozen power supplies working together.

This section covers all types of power supplies, including linear power supplies and the Switched-Mode Power Supply (SMPS) found in monitors.

LCD Monitor Repair
LCD Monitor repair is generally pretty easy thanks to their modular design. This segment covers the theory of operation of LCD monitors. There will be a presentation on the repair techniques including CCFL testing and replacement.

CRT Monitor Repair
This section covers CRT monitor theory of operation, including detailed circuit analysis with a special emphasis on what fails and shortcuts for quick and accurate troubleshooting.
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