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Randy Fromm's Arcade School
Next class:
January 24-27, 2017

School Location: Film Alley
825 East Interstate 20
Weatherford, TX 76086
Reserve your seat now, by contacting Carol Ross, 704-227-3727, cross@bradydist.com

Arcade Games Technical Training pinball machine repair

Randy Fromm's
Arcade School
Technician training

Randy Fromm's Arcade School is a program for amusement machine repair, with special emphasis on repairing power supplies and monitors down to the component level. If you are interested in holding an Arcade School in your city, please contact Randy Fromm randy@randyfromm.com tel.619.838.7111 to discuss your needs.
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This is a “fast-track” class for game technicians, who want to learn the quick and easy way to fix monitors and power supplies without having to learn a lot of electronic theory or mathematics.

$895  per person Includes: 

  • Digital Multimeter 
  • Soldering Kit 
  • Sample Components 
  • Textbook 


EARLY BIRD SPECIAL-SAVE $100 if you register one month before the start of class.

Class Schedule   9:00am-4:00pm Daily
Day One - Beginning Electronics for Amusement Technicians
We'll start off by taking a simple, NO MATH look at electronics. No previous knowledge of electronics is required. We'll take a quick peek at atomic theory and define some electronics terminology but we'll quickly move on to the practical world of electronics troubleshooting and repair.

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

Schematic Diagrams - Schematic diagrams are the blueprints for electronic circuits. Learning to interpret schematic diagrams is a natural part of the school. Schematic symbols and diagrams are used throughout the course so students become familiar with them.

Game Architecture
What's inside and how does it all work?
Logical Troubleshooting of Machine “Issues”
Testing Power Supplies

If it moves, it breaks.
Testing Switches, Continuity, etc.
Testing/repairing motors
Testing optics
Connectors-Pin and socket replacement-Crimp Tools-Pin extractors
Setting up your repair shop

What Your Distributor Can Do For You
There are some things that you just have to be able to do for yourself. That's why you're here. However, your distributor is a vital part of your successful operation. There are many occasions when you will rely on your distributor's service department to back you up with replacement parts and technical services or maybe just some advice. Now that we know what's inside the machines and how it all works together, we can take a look at what your distributor offers in the way of parts and service.

Day Two - Electronic Components Including Diodes, Transistors & Other Semiconductors
Hands-On Transistor Test Lab
Are you ready to take the next step? Now that we know what all of the sub-assemblies do, lets see how easy it is to fix things down to the component level when we experience a failure in something like a power supply or monitor.
Electronic Components - All of the individual components used in amusement 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 and ESR meter.
Semiconductors-Semiconductor failures are common problems when fixing power supplies, audio amplifiers and other gear. This part of the school takes a look at all of the different types of semiconductors commonly seen in amusement 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.

Day Three - Soldering
Component Removal and Replacement” is a better term for this segment as that is what will we do to repair printed circuit boards. The ability to solder quickly and accurately is the most important skill a technician can possess. During this segment, each student will be provided with their own soldering iron, solder and desoldering supplies as well as an educational soldering practice kit and an extremely useful component tester kit (tests capacitor ESR as well as identifying and testing semiconductors). This equipment will be theirs to keep. This is the most fun thing we do in the class!

Day Four - (Morning Session)
Power Supplies

Power supplies are at the heart of all electronic systems and power supply failure is common in all of them. Amusements are certainly not immune. It is not uncommon for an amusement machine, jukebox or bill changer to have a half dozen power supplies working together. This session covers all types of power supplies, including linear power supplies and Switched-Mode Power Supplies.

Day Four - (Afternoon Session)
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 backlight testing and replacement with LED backlighting.


Tuition for the four-day class is $895. This includes a digital multimeter, soldering iron and supplies, a small collection of hand tools, textbook and other classroom supplies such as sample components. 

Here's what some Arcade School graduates have to say:

Subject:           Big Blue Book

Mr. Fromm,

     Today I was repairing a k7000 that had me stumped, as usual I found the answer in my big blue book. I can't tell you how many times I reference your book when repairing monitors. It has never let me down yet. I have hundreds of dollars invested in test equipment, but the most valuable tool is your big blue book.

  I'm off to finish my repair just thought I would let you know how much I appreciate your technical ability.

Thanks Again, 

Subject:   Ottawa School of ARCADE Thanks!
   From:          "Charles M Fleck" <cfleck@frontiernet.net>

    Hello my name is Charlie Fleck.  I attended your school in Ottawa,  IL.  Employed by M and M Vending and Amusement of Macomb,  IL.  Thought I'd drop you a line to let you know your class helped me tremendously.  M and M is a very big amusement operation where there are plenty of monitors to be fixed daily.  Before I attended your class we had 82 broken monitors sitting around.  On average we have 2 to 3 go down a week.  I couldn't imagine learning how to fix them in 1 weeks time I was assured I would from my boss.  You gave me the basics and I read your book over and over till it almost turned black from all the crud on my fingers from those monitors but I thank you for the enjoyment I get out of fixing them and I'm sure my boss would thank you for all the money he's saving $80 to $100 a monitor with shipping.  Did convince my boss Mike Paisley to buy cr7000 sencore rejuvenator which fixed appoximately 20 of them but I couldn't live without it just using it to test them tells me in 1 minute if the color problem is in the board or the tube.  Will quickly let you know what I've fixed since the 4 mos. that I attended your school.  90 plus monitors around 12 of them being 25" to 27",  9  megatouchs new models and old,  and can't forget Dad's 1981 25" Zenith TV.  Just knowing how to read the schematics has helped me fix numerous old arcade games that everyone seems to want instead of new.

Thanks Again Thought You'd Enjoy The Praise Of Your Work!


Subject:           Thank you for a fresh start.
   From:           "Jason Amato" <jamato@tampabay.rr.com> 
      To:           <randy@randyfromm.com>


I attended your arcade school during September, 2001 at Brady Distributing. I flew in from Tampa that week to take your course and it was well worth it. I have moved from a miserable, warehouse manager position to become head technician for All Brands Vending.

This was my first week on the job and I am loving every minute of it. I have already repaired four Cougar dart machines, three jukeboxes, and a Golden Tee Golf game. I never knew work could be this much fun!

My assistant will be attending your Orlando class in December. I have already told him what to expect from you as a teacher. He is looking froward to the experience. 

Thank You, 
Jason Amato

Subject:   Orlando School
   From:    Dblknotspy@aol.com 
     To:       randy@randyfromm.com

Hi Randy:

I was really impressed with your school.

After twenty years fixing avionics in the Navy and then three years with Dale 
Williams at Disney, the two days with you were the most educational.  If the 
military would have been training techs to actually fix things (like you do) 
instead of some kind of ersatz engineers, my life and career would have most 
certainly been more enjoyable.

Kudos, keep cranking out good techs.

Joe Malinchalk 

I now have $300.00 worth of repairable power supplies instead of $300.00 worth of throw away power supplies. 
Mike Grap - Great Games

I highly recommend it to all people in the video business. 
Gene Eason - Namco Operations

I really enjoyed this class. I was able to learn more than I did in six months of technical school. 
Michael Crowl - All American Amusements

I recommend this school for any operator or technician, no matter how long you have been in the business. 

Wanda Martin - Wanda’s Amusements 

Randy Fromm’s Arcade School has been educating coin-op technicians since 1980.

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