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Topic Title: Newly certified in PLC needs advise
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Created On: 03 October 2013 02:24 AM
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 03 October 2013 02:24 AM
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Hi everyone. I have been in the electronics field for 20 years and decided I needed a change. I will complete PLC certification in a month and need to know how to get into the door and where to go. What the best scenario? Thanks for your thoughts.
 08 October 2013 02:24 PM
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You need experience !

There are many manufacterers around who have small systems and need a Control Engineer willimg to learn their ways and means.
It also helps if can produce functional design specifications, informing the layman (or more likely mechanical engineers) how the system will perform.
 25 October 2013 01:13 PM
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Ur are looking to be become an automation engineer... this is simple...u should know the basic and some advanced programming for PLC... All types of PLC programming are typically some, only the instruction set and addressing method are different...u should be familiar with control scheme and should know how to read and prepare the logics and control interlock... u should start with very simple and basic programming ladder logic and then proceed for advanced level...Different PLC make are available in market...n depend on ur taste that from where u want to start the kick off
 24 November 2013 10:29 PM
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For work and experience you could consider starting in automation maintenence. that's how I started and it gave me a good insight into the physical side of systems and also fault finding experience. I know companies that are struggling to find people who would have traditionally taken maintenence roles that have the ability to follow structured text/ladder/FBD and are interested in the programming side. I would also look into Networks IP/TCP and the various field buses that are used (Profibus, Modbus etc).

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