mayseprogramming

Training Service Business starting?

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So, I have thought about creating my own Business for the last few years. With this business I would go shop to shop/factory to factory teaching anywhere from Basic PLC programming to HMI design and integrations. I love to share any bit of my Knowledge/experience with anyone and I have learned this more when at my first engineering job they had me train several guys on how to start up Servo Motor jobs with PLC and HMI's. I really enjoyed helping others learn and get over the hump of intimidation and lack of experience with electronics and such. I have had a lot of different experience from being an Electrician for 5 years to Engineering 10+ years now- (Design, Software, Startups, Service work, Installs, and Management)

I then started a career of being a PLC Instructor (part-time for 1 year now) for adults and this too help me with my idea of starting my business. At my instructing school we would get a variety of people anywhere from fresh out of High School to experienced Maintenance guys that want to specialize in PLC and HMI's. 

With all of this being said, does anyone think there would be a great amount of need for someone to come your work place and teach Allen Bradley, Omron, and Mitsubishi PLC and HMI and maybe one day down the road Servo Motors and logic for them too? I think that more one on one with a couple trainer lab stations, I could really help not only workers advance themselves but also companies benefit both? I have gone to training for my previous employers, sometimes traveling far away for a week at a time and costing my employer a lot of money where my rate would be much less and on-site of the customer/trainee's.

Starting out I have bought several used pieces of PLC's, Input Cards, Output Cards, (Only Allen Bradley for now). I have also bought cases to make my training units more safe and portable. Looking at creating a business name and logo as well as possibly creating a (LLC). It has been a slow but steady process though.

Feel free to add anything or comment anything to this with ideas.

 

Thanks!

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If we have an engineer or two who need training, we will probably send them to off-site training. When we wanted to train our electricians, we brought the trainer to the facility. The first time around (for Siemens PLCs), we brought in Siemens with their trainer and hardware. The second time around (for Rockwell), we brought in a local guy with a LOT of experience to train our guys. We had one of the electricians build trainers using spare hardware of the different platforms and used our laptops.

So...bottom line...yes, it would be useful. And actually preferred to bring in someone local who knows what they're doing and is more likely to be able to customize the training to match our systems.

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