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Welcome A Career Change In PLC Programming

Published on 31 July 13
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Todayâs job market is unforgiving, to put things mildly. In addition, people with jobs that provide a stable income and room for growth are drowning in student loan debt. Even CNN recently referred to unpaid student loans as âthe next housing bubble.â What if you could get a job that you loved, had ample room for growth, and paid well without owing tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans?

How to obtain a PCL training certification and continuing education credits

A number of new career opportunities can arise after earning a training certification in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). PLC training courses for non-programmers can be completed in two days. The courses focus on real-life applications for PLC including operating and maintaining equipment used in assembly lines, amusement parks, etc. After the initial 2-day course, students can take the ATMT-® Certification exam if desired. For workers looking to keep their certification current, the personalized PLCs for Non-Programmers Training Certificate is approved by the MTAA and ACE as 1.6 continuing education credits. All students that attend seminars receive a certificate of completion and .8 continuing education credits.

A PLC Certification can boost your career

Taking PLC courses does not only limit you to working in a job with limited capacity for growth. A PLC certification can add to your resume when pursuing a variety of career opportunities with the potential for both horizontal movement (i.e. movement from one job to a similar but different job, usually with a new employer) and upward earning potential.

The manufacturing industry was given extensive poor ratings by the media after the recession hit in 2008. Due to the negative press, some manufacturers in the U.S. are desperate for personnel with specialized skill sets. Whereas past manufacturing jobs have been replaced by machines (e.g. a job where a worker screws on a few lug nuts to a car thousands of times per day), workers with specialized skillsets are in high demand. After all, a person with working knowledge of PLCs is often needed to ensure that assembly lines run smoothly and intervene in the event of an issue.

Potential career possibilities

Unlike 50 years ago, manufacturers can provide room for growth for promising employees that have demonstrated marketable skills. In addition, a working knowledge of PLCs can be beneficial in jobs that do not have a strict PLC focus. For example, being the head of maintenance for a large facility can be a lucrative and enjoyable career path for people who like to supervise, work with their hands, and fix things. Other industries such as the construction industry are currently oversaturated with skilled and unskilled workers alike. Having additional marketable skills can be the difference between landing a job on a big project and attempting to get by while working day labor.

In the end, an easy resume builder can be the right path to a number of different career goals. Everyone has to start somewhere, and almost all employers seek to hire employees with marketable skills. Learn a new, niche marketable skill as part of the toolkit you need to succeed.
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