Since I began working in the wireless repair industry I have always felt that there are what I would call three mythical beasts of cellphone repair. These are the things we have taken more calls at eTech Parts just about than any other tech problem. We are consistently asked where people can learn more about these things, who will teach them, and is there training available? These three things are:
- Soldering – Mostly of components on a logic board but also including the iPad Mini IC Chip, how do you do it?
- Glass Only Repair – New and large LCDs are hugely expensive, so how do you replace just the glass like the people on YouTube do (even though they more often than not omit some important parts from the final video)?
- Water Damage Repair – Is water damage repair a real thing more than a bag of silicone beads? What are good expectations of performing a water damage repair?
We have heard from many of the shops we visit that a good portion of their work is repairing a DIYer’s mistake, or fixing the errors of a fellow repair shop. A high technical aptitude seems to be what these shops have in common. Almost all of them are self-taught. As the industry grows there is a bigger need for schools to teach these skills. One of these schools is Fix Mobile Tech. I had the privilege of sitting in on one of their week-long courses.
The Fix Mobile Tech repair school in Gainesville, FL was a great experience. The class I audited was smaller with only three students – this class was customized to the students’ needs. One student had some experience, while the other two were just getting started with repair. This setup allowed me to see the training styles and content for both levels of experience. The class was very well executed. Fix Mobile Tech has the ability to give students with no experience the confidence they need to tackle almost any repair, while still equipping more advanced students with the harder-to-obtain skill sets. The students were also given the opportunity to work on more advanced repairs, like glass only repairs and board level soldering repair.
The school is situated near a local highway and plenty of amenities which was great. After double-checking my address, Fix Mobile Tech was easy to find. The building has recently been refinished and included something very dear to me: free coffee.
My first day of the class was great; after introductions the instructor (Mike) took the students right into some electrical theory. The education would prove useful in the following days as any student would be able to, with the right tools, more closely diagnose a problem in the system. Batteries were the cornerstone of this part of the education and a very sophisticated battery tester was used later.
The first day of class was also when the first phones were introduced. They were older, but ones that might still show up in shops from time to time. But they were not used because of their relevance, they were used because they taught principles. Replacing the Mini USB port on a Motorola Razor may not seem all too relevant because they were not prone to breaking, but with that practice, repairing the charging ports on the Samsung Galaxy S3 was suddenly a skill within reach. These charging ports were also replaced during the course.
By the second day, the students were successfully practicing glass replacement with LOCA on the Samsung Galaxy S3. After having tried this repair plenty of times on my own, and not even coming close to success for weeks, I find this is a rather large accomplishment. It was very encouraging to see how one instructor could give so much confidence to new techs in such a short time.
By the third day most of the content had been taught, which gave the instructors time to work with each student individually to master any area in which they either didn’t feel confident or were having trouble. By the end of the class, each student was successful in most areas of phone repair, including board level repair and glass only repair.
Fix Mobile Tech makes getting the instruction you need easy because they allow course customization along with their competitive pricing. Classes last at least a full 8 hours, which is time well-spent considering all repairs are hands-on and devices are provided. One of the things that really stood out to me was working on devices that the students had brought themselves. These were devices that had caused one problem or another, and that one of the students hung on to and brought to the class. At the end of the week these devices were repaired. Repairing these devices is what took the content and put it into action, successfully demonstrating the relevance and usefulness of Fix Mobile Tech’s classes.
The guys at Fix Mobile Tech are always happy to answer questions you might have about what their courses could mean for you. Check them out on Facebook [here] or look into their available courses [here].