As many of you know, for the past three years or so I have been teaching PLC, HMI and SCADA classes for Automation Training, a Canadian company. During that time I have visited many places and met a lot of great people.
Now Automation Training has grown to the point where they have more class requests than they have instructors to teach them. The owner, Steve Woodhouse, asked me last week if I knew of anyone who might be interested in teaching for AT, and I told him I’d look around.
I do know several good integrators in my area who might be good candidates; they have the requisite experience. But as I mentioned to Steve, knowing how to do something does not necessarily make someone a good teacher of that thing.
What Automation Training is looking for is someone who knows primarily Allen-Bradley or Siemens PLCs very well (5-10+ years of in-depth, continuous experience) and has good communications skills and patience. Oh, and there is of course travel involved, but most people who work with PLCs, at least as integrators, are used to that. Most of the classes are on the AB SLC-500 and ControlLogix platforms, and the Siemens S7-300 or TIA platforms. AT also holds classes in WonderWare, FactoryTalk View SE and ME, Kinetix Motion, Safety PLCs and more, but the vast majority of class requests are for AB and Siemens PLCs.
If you think you might be interested in teaching classes for Automation Training in the US or Canada you can contact Steve at 866-532-7628 or through the website at www.automationtraining.ca. If you have any questions on what its like to teach classes for AT you can also contact me here and I’ll get back to you. You would be working as a contractor, so this is not a standard employment position. This type of work is best for people who already contract as an integrator or who are semi-retired from a teaching or technical position.
I’ve really enjoyed teaching for AT and hope to continue doing it for the foreseeable future. You get to meet a lot of different people and see a lot of places, and you have control over which weeks you want to work. Overall I recommend it highly!