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Old November 25th, 2006, 10:52 PM   #1
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I just love the world of PLCs. I'm interested into making a career in PLC. I've just finished my COmputer systems Engineering and am still a newbie to the world of PLCs. COuld someone guide me as to where do I start from. The george brown college is giving online training for PLCs and i've found another link:

This is the cleveland institute of electronics. Are these both worth paying money and learning them online.

Secondly, is there any standard international certification which i can complete for getting myself recognized in the job market.

Thanx a lot to everyone who is willing to help me
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Old November 25th, 2006, 11:31 PM   #2

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Hello ghaffar3,

and weclome to the forum!

You can always start your PLC learning right here, there is a link at the top of this page to a free online tutorial that we can all recomend. There is also a video library (not free, but worth the cost) on PLC programming that you can access. Try the online PLC simulator that is made available to you when you feel ready to start programming and testing your logic.

Here are a few other sites that you can look at, each offers tutorials, sometimes simulators, always great tips and online help:

One of the best books on PLCs happens to be available on the web, for free. It is Automating Manufacturing Systems with PLCs, by Hugh Jack. I think it is one of the great available ressources you can search for on the net.

Starting a career in PLCs (automation and control) can start with a degree, but it is not necessarily so; you must have a working knowledge of electrical components on the plant floor, relays, motors, motor starters, VFDs, instruments, actuators... You must also understand the process you need to control, and what that implies. If you search the threads here, you will find that our backgrounds are hardly typical: we have engineers, technicians, electricians and tinkerers. Every one has had to have some form of formal training at some point, but not always at the beginning. Experience, reliability and interest are more important in this business than diplomas.

Hope this helps,
Daniel Chartier

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Old November 26th, 2006, 03:45 AM   #3
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Alsalam alikom Gafar,

In addition to what dchartier said, One of the great advices to learn PLCs is to buy one ..

There are many starter kits avilable for different manufacturers ..

Allen Bradlley >> MicroLogix 1000 (10 points)
Koyo >> DL05
SIEMENS >> S7200

And more ..

Also, Search this forum for similar questions to yours, You 'll find many good advises.
Ayman Metwally
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Old November 26th, 2006, 06:44 AM   #4
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There's a PLC simulator on this site. Scroll to the top of this page and you'll see the link just under the header.
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're probably right.... Henry Ford
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Old November 26th, 2006, 10:53 AM   #5
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Some manufacturers have versions of software that are free. Just make sure you consider the software if you are going to buy a PLC. Some distributors may have obsolete models laying around that they may be willing to give you, especially if you work at a company that is a current or potential customer.
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Old November 27th, 2006, 08:47 AM   #6

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hi ,

buying a PLC kit (cable, CPU, and software) and learn by doing mistakes is the best way to learn in my opinion,

S7 200 PLCs are very nice to start and they are good for many real world applications

best regards.Khalil
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Old November 27th, 2006, 09:04 AM   #7

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"The george brown college is giving online training for PLCs"

George Brown Technical College has a very good reputation for trades education here in Canada. I cannot offer any experience with their online courses however.

Good Luck,

People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented didn't they? People Feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines... There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear. But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters. Bill Gates
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Old November 27th, 2006, 10:14 AM   #8
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I thought that Dubai was building the largest sky scraper in the world as well as the biggest artificial island in the world.
Supposedly the island will be packed with casinos and large buildings. It seems to me that the demnad in Dubai will be for Building automation not for manufacturing ??
So why not concentrate on building automation controllers?
Andover and such.
Prague-Czech Republic, the best place to visit.
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