The School of Metal Bashers Challenge

Aim: Become a student have an opportunity to learn some basic computer hardware skills so you can volunteer to help other by repairing and recycling old computers, repair their own equipment. If you live in the Bradford area this is an amazing opportunity to developing skills further in hardware repairs or building new computers.

Sessions are held online every week on a Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm for 12 weeks.

You will get old PC to practice and learning with, the ultimate challenge will be to bring it back to life!

Computer surgery Metal Bashers 2016 "It's Alive!"
Computer Surgery Metal Bashers 2016 – “It’s Alive! It’s Alive!”

What will you learn:

  • Learn what tools and equipment are needed to carry out basic computer repairs.
  • Identify hardware engineering risks and basic safety requirements
  • Identify the basic layout of a computers and its parts.
  • Know key basic electronic principles needed to understand how a computer works
  • Learn how to replace faulty parts and test computer operation by know some simple diagnostic techniques.
  • Learn how to research and procure replacement parts increase understanding and knowledge of manufacturers, interfaces, and compatibility.
  • Learn how to set up a new computer by installing an operating system practice using the BIOS and different Operating Systems.

What activities will you do:

  • Identify safety requirements: Tools, manual handling, hazardous substances, electrical hazards.
  • Identify electronics and hardware: Electronic and computer hardware components. Use Ohms and Power Laws.
  • Define and explain how digital technology works.
  • Identify ports and connectors. Connect a computer system and running a computer system.
  • Access and using the “BIOS”.
  • Creating and using software boot tools.
  • Accessing and using disk management tools including formatting and partitioning disk drives.
  • Diagnostic process, testing and observing results.
  • Looking at common faults.
  • Replacing faulty components.
  • Developing repair solutions and options.
  • Practical sessions
  • Sourcing spares and fitting problems.
  • Installing operating systems.
  • Using Windows and Linux operating systems.
  • Review and Evaluation.

For more information and registration visit the School of Metal Bashers Web Page.

Introducing the “Metal Bashers”

Get Technology Together working in partnership with Solidaritech is offering a practical computer repair course for adults that is free to anyone living in the Bradford MDC area. The course offers 12 weeks intensive practical work on how to strip down a computer and rebuild it.

The GTT volunteers made this video to show how School of Metal Bashers could work. This year because of the COVID pandemic GTT will doing much of the classroom activities online using the Zoom App and offering remote tutor support with emails, phone calls and video chats.

GTT Volunteers Video promoting the School of Metal Bashers

The course, starting January and February 2021 will be delivered in weekly online class video call, with a computer kit, online resources, and tutor support.


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School of Metal Bashers needs your help

The School is a volunteers’ project based at the Beeston Skills Hub, Leeds. In 2016 the charity St. Vincent’s Support Leeds donated equipment to start us off.

Picture shows laptop donations being given to GTT

In 2017 GTT managed to get a small grant from the Leeds Fund #GiveLoveLeeds to develop a free training course to show people how to repair and upgrade their old computers.

Students opened up computers, took bits out, tested and replaced bits, put new software on them and tested them again. Not only did the students love it, the tutors did as well, and so did all our growing list of community partners who help promote the project and help put the word out to businesses to make any donations of redundant equipment.

Some businesses were very generous and we accumulated a lot of good equipment which we have salvaged with help of volunteer engineers.

Generous equipment donations stored at the GTT Lab

The GTT philosophy is to encourage everyone to get involved and participate: you will learn something new. Many of our students and volunteers have achieved a lot by repairing machines, setting up computer classrooms and helping local businesses with their IT problems. It has been a valuable experience where volunteers have shared their knowledge and worked together. Some refurbished computers have been sold on through the local SLATE charity shop in Hunslet, with profits being reinvested in new parts and equipment.

Volunteers are trained to PAT test equipment and given basic electrical and tool safety training.

GTT has Steve Thompson and Al Brown who are expert practitioners in Electronics and IT with Douglas Villegas who guides volunteer motivation and development.

We congratulate Alex, Omar and Rafal who have recently been successfully moving into technology jobs in the private and public sectors. They all contributed to setting up the GTT computer network, with a file server and networked printer offering students WiFi access too.

School of Metal Bashers

This cohort of volunteers – like the tutors that get involved to keep their skills up to date – have been so successful there is now a shortage of equipment to work on.

If you know anyone who can help us find donations of unwanted computers and laptops please contact GTT.

Pre-Windows XP computers may not be useable. Computers with Hard Drives are very welcome: GTT promises to wipe the data from them before they are used and installs new software onto recycled machines.

If you like the sound of what you hear and would like to be involved in the project please contact GTT.