Welcome to PLC Engineers

The demand for Controls Engineers and PLC Programmers is at the highest level since the PLC was first introduced. More and more manufacturers have embraced the philosophy of industrial automation, and so have driven up the need for skilled and experienced professionals to design, install, and maintain those systesms. As a result of the increased demand for skilled PLC engineers and technicians, salaries for these personnel are at an all time high - and will continue to climb as demand grows.

Ten years ago, industry professionals were being told that the PLC would be going the way of the dinosaur: That PC-based automation would be the dominate forum for which to govern industrial automated systems. That has not been the case. Not only have PLC based systems survived, but they've flourished, due mainly to the simplicity of their configuration and also to plummeting hardware/software costs. As more and more PLC developers entered the arena of industrial controls, the resulting competition has driven hardware prices down. Instead of the PLC being phased out, it is the costly PC-based, DCS systems that are being replaced at a rapid rate. Traditional DCS systems such as Honeywell, Bailey, and Foxboro are being replaced by robust, and cost-effective DCS systems that can be purchased off-the-shelf from such manufacturers as Allen Bradley, Telemecanique, GE Fanuc, Siemens, and many more.

During the last five (5) years alone, demand for experienced controls engineers has virtually exploded. The number of vacant positions for PLC professionals has climbed into the 10's of thousands. If you have PLC programming experience then you are in high demand. See HERE for a comprehensive list of current available open positions. Not only is this demand reflected on job websites, but the number of organizations involved in PLC Programming Training has also increased. An explosion in the job market and an increase in the availability in training make a career with automation and controls a very hot prospect for future opportunity.

With global manufacturers looking for ways in which to cut cost while improving throughput and quality, the demand for automated systems will continue to grow, along with the demand for skilled personnel who can design, implement, program, and maintain these systems. Currently, there are not enough controls engineers to meet the demand. Organizations which provide PLC related education cannot pump out enough trained professionals to meet the current high demand - and that during a weak economy. When the economy improves, manufacturing will explode and the demand for trained controls professional will be even higher.