Choosing the Right Automation Training Provider

Automation sector has become the backbone of industries today. With a robust, dynamic and efficient approach to process waorkflows, experts forecast automation as the game changer in the industrial setups of near future. Needless to say, the demand for automation, SCADA and PLC have also increased the demand for trained professionals in this domain. Industrial giants like Rockwell Automation, GE, Schneider Electrics, etc. hire professionals and trained personnel with a good command on SCADA, PLC programming and database integration and security.

There are a number of automation training programs which help individuals increase their chances of working in the automation sector. These programs are designed to cater to the industrial needs for experts. The benefits of enrolling in such a program include garnering first-hand experience of the SCADA units and their working and the development of real-time solutions based on industry trends.

However, before you decide to enroll in a training program, it is essential to do your research. While the idea of becoming a trained SCADA professional seems lucrative, do not settle for anything other than the best.

Read more to find out how to chose the right training provider.

Points to ponder before choosing training provider

Consider the following before getting enrolled with an institute

a. Trainer
This is the most important requirement for finding if the course is right for you. The trainer has to be an experienced professional, preferably an industrial engineer or someone with years of experience. Ask for what kind of projects he has worked on and whether he has a global project experience. Ask for the trainer’s profile.

b. Mode of teaching
Once you find the trainer to be satisfactory, you should move on to the mode of teaching. Is the training simple classroom teaching or based upon real time projects? Are the projects existing or they are backups of earlier projects? This will give you an insight into whether the institute is interested in giving the students practical knowledge.

c. Lab Facilities
Make sure you check laboratory facilities. Most training institutes do not have DCS, SIS, ESD or Instrumentation systems. Make sure to ask the model and make of the machines and equipment used.

d. Feedback and Placements
This is another important aspect when finding out about an institute. Check in with passed out students or currently enrolled students and ask for their feedback. Do not get lured with adverts of “100% placements”. You can also read reviews online and compare between different institutes.

Some common doubts of beginners

1. Why should I take this training? Am I even eligible?

Automation training is beneficial for people who want to build a career in the automation industry. The courses are useful for all the engineering and diploma graduates for getting entry into their core industry. It is also beneficial for professionals who are already in the domain and are looking for upgrading their knowledge, enhancing their job profile and reaching higher in their career.

2. Where is PLC/HMI/SCADA technology used? Have I seen one?

Yes. We all use products in our everyday life which are made with equipment using automated methods. Practically all industries today use automation. These include power plants, steel and cement manufacturers, refineries, petrochemicals, defense, fertilizer facilities, communication, pharmaceuticals, automobile industries, foods, and beverages to name a few. Having said that, the need for skilled personnel in the domain is increasing manifold.

3. Interesting. But, I do not have any prior experience. How will understand and cope up with the training?

Most automation training begins from the basics. So, there is no need to worry. They move all the way up and cover the core topics in detail.

4. But I am a mechanical/chemical/production engineer. How will this course benefit me?

If you were fascinated by automation and wanted to build a career, then you are already halfway through. Automation in an integral part of the process industries. Having a practical knowledge of SCADA and PLC basics will only help you get better job opportunities in future.

 

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