Workshop: Level 1 General Maintenance & Level 2 Minor Repair

Who Should Attend


This workshop is intended for people who are:

  • Interested in repairing ~80% of non-functioning Perkins Braillers
  • Beginners to the technical workings of the braillers
  • Anticipating becoming Perkins Certified for Level 1 General Maintenance and for Level 2 Minor Repairs

After this workshop you will be able to:

  • Perform the skills required to repair ~80% of broken Perkins Brailler
  • Be certified as both a Level 1 General Maintenance Repair Technicians and as a Level 2 General Maintenance Repair Technician
  • Restore braillers that have been out of operation for years
  • Reduce the costs you, your organization, or your school incurs with repairs
  • Reach your individual repair goals
  • Reduce the time your braillers are inoperable by eliminating having to send them out for repair

If you’re interested in being able to make all repairs or run your own repair business, you’ll have to also complete our Level 3 Major Repairs Workshop.

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Logistics


Dates

July 29th – July 31st, 2019

August 5th – August 7th, 2019

Workshop starts at 8am and ends at 5pm daily. Register to select dates.

Price

$600, includes tuition, necessary course materials, daily breakfast, and daily lunch Pricing varies if accommodations are included. At registration, you will be asked whether you’d like to include on-campus housing.

Prerequisite

None

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Agenda


The Level 1 General Maintenance & Level 2 Minor Repair’s Workshop focuses on inspecting, cleaning and lubricating a brailler; understanding spare parts; learning how to use the service manual; and learning how to perform basic troubleshooting and maintenance on a Perkins Brailler.

  • Introduction Faculty/Participants
  • Introduction to Braillers
  • Utilizing the Service Manual
  • Identification of Tools, Assemblies and Parts
  • Cleaning and Lubrication
  • Inspecting a Brailler
  • Basic Maintenance
  • Dismantling of Exterior Castings, except Right End Plate and Left End Plate
  • Cleaning of Brailler with Left and Right Plate attached
  • Disassemble and Reassemble Pressure Roller several times
  • Disassemble and Reassemble Beam several times
  • Remove Keys, Cam Levers, Spacebar, Links and Backspace assemblies
  • Remove and Reinstall Mainspring several times
  • Remove and Reinstall Intermediate Gear several times
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Accommodations


On campus, discounted, dorm-like accommodations can be purchased with each workshop at checkout. Level 1 General Maintenance & Level 2 Minor Repair’s Workshop accommodations include:

  • 3 night stay, non-negotiable
  • Total price of $150
  • Check-in night before workshop (July 28th/August 4th) at 5:00pm EST
  • Check-out last day of workshop (July 31st/August 7th) at 8:00am EST
  • Book accommodations now

Other local housing options include AirB&B, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Watertown, Crown Plaza Boston – Newton, Super 8 by Wyndham Watertown.

Perkins On-Campus Room Overview

While rooms are very basic, you can expect them to be clean and functional. All rooms are private, unless you chose to share one. However, bathrooms are shared amongst all guests, which can be 2-4 at any given point. Each room has access to a shared common space and kitchen. Additional amenities can be read below.

Amenities

  • Air conditioned
  • Pillows, blankets, and towels provided
  • Shared bathroom with the 2-4 guests on the floor
  • 100% Non-Smoking Guest Rooms
  • Wifi Access
  • Free parking
  • Laundry access
  • Kitchen access in shared space – stove, microwave, refrigerator, and dish washer
  • Shared common space with TV & small couch
  • Not Provided: shampoo, conditioner, soap, hair dryer, and other basic amenities you'd expect in a standard hotel

Transportation Options

  • Free on-campus parking
  • Public transportation, buses
  • Uber & Lyft

Dining Options

  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided during workshop days
  • Grocery stores are within driving distance of campus and rooms come with access to a fully equipped kitchen, and therefore, cooking for yourself is an option
  • One diner less than 0.1 miles from housing
  • Several other dining options with 0.5 -1.0 mile away
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