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Below, I provide answers to the most common questions related to the beginnings of PLC programming.

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1. Why learn programming?

Learning to program can be valuable for many reasons, including:

  1. Career outlook: Programmers are in high and growing demand in today's technology-driven world. Having programming skills can open many professional doors and provide many career opportunities.
  2. Development of analytical skills: Programming requires logical thinking, problem solving and planning. These skills are useful in many other areas of life, not just in programming work.
  3. Creativity: software development can be very creative and allows you to express yourself by designing and creating something out of nothing.
  4. Self-development: Learning to program requires continuous improvement and learning new skills. This leads to continuous development and self-improvement.
  5. Problem solving: Programming is about problem solving, which can be very rewarding when you manage to create a solution to a difficult problem.

In short, learning to program can bring many benefits and can help you achieve various professional and personal goals.

2. Is it difficult to program Siemens S7 family PLCs ?

Programming Siemens S7 family PLCs can be difficult for those new to automation or without programming experience. However, by learning the basics of programming, followed by the specifics of the PLC programming language and the instructions available in the controller model, programming becomes easier. In addition, the manufacturer provides a wide range of programming tools, such as SIMATIC STEP 7 software, to facilitate the programming process. It is also worth remembering that PLC programming is essential in many areas of industry and automation, and the ability to program Siemens S7 controllers is very useful in the job market.

3. is knowledge of basic electrical engineering, automation and computer science very important when starting to learn to program Siemens S7 family PLCs ?

Yes, knowing the basics of electrical engineering, automation and computer science is very important when starting to learn to program Siemens S7 family PLCs. Knowledge in these areas will give you a better understanding of PLC principles and allow for more efficient and complex programming.

The fundamentals of electrical engineering are important as they provide an understanding of the operation of electrical components such as relays, contacts and semiconductor elements, as well as the principles of electrical and electromechanical systems.

The fundamentals of automation allow you to learn about the basics of industrial automation, such as control, regulation, identification and diagnosis of industrial processes.

Computer science basics are also important, as PLC programming requires knowledge of programming languages as well as knowledge of basic algorithms and data structures. In addition, knowledge of operating systems and computer networks is also useful, as many PLCs use network communication to transfer information between different elements of the control system.

4. Where to start to learn Siemens S7 family PLC programming?

If you want to start learning how to program a Siemens S7 family PLC, here are some steps to follow:

  1. Learn the basics of electrical engineering and automation - knowledge of these areas is important as PLCs are used to control equipment and machines using electrical signals.
  2. Learn the specifics of Siemens PLCs - familiarising yourself with the characteristics and functions of specific S7 PLC models and the development tools offered by Siemens is the basis for learning PLC programming.
  3. Master the programming language - Siemens offers programming tools such as STEP 7 and TIA Portal, which allow programming in ladder, block (graphical) and text language. Knowledge of a programming language is essential to program a PLC and create a suitable control algorithm.
  4. Practice by example - learn about the operation of various PLC control instructions and practice using examples you find in the documentation for the PLC or on the web. This will give you a better understanding of how the programmes work and also teach you how to solve problems.
  5. Keep learning - PLCs and programming tools are evolving, so keep an eye on Siemens publications, as well as industry portals and online forums, where you can find lots of valuable information and advice from other professionals.

Remember that learning PLC programming takes time, patience and regularity. However, due to the popularity and widespread use of Siemens PLCs, it is well worth the time and inclination.

5. how to become a Siemens S7 family PLC programmer?

To become a Siemens S7 family PLC programmer, several steps are recommended:

  1. Learning the basics of electrical engineering, automation and computer science - knowledge of these areas will be useful when working with the S7 PLC.
  2. Completion of a relevant S7 PLC programming course or training - there are many courses and training courses available online and offline that offer a comprehensive introduction to S7 PLC programming.
  3. Practice - the most important thing is to gain experience working with the S7 PLC by creating projects, programming different tasks, experimenting with different functions and testing your code.
  4. Obtaining certification - Siemens offers a certification programme for PLC programmers to obtain a certificate proving skills in programming S7 family PLCs.
  5. Apprenticeship - gaining work experience by working as a PLC programmer in companies that use the S7 PLC can help you develop your skills and learn valuable skills in working with these devices.
  6. Self-education - keeping up to date with industry trends and news, reading technical documentation, attending conferences and training courses, and using online forums and other sources of knowledge are all important elements of continuous self-education in PLC S7 programming.

6. Which PLC model of the S7 family should I start learning programming from?

This depends on individual needs and applications. When it comes to learning the basics of PLC programming of the S7 family, many people start with the S7-1200 or S7-1500. These models are popular and relatively easy to program, but at the same time offer a lot of functionality. These models are used in a variety of applications such as machine control, industrial equipment or building automation systems.

However, if you want to learn PLC programming with more advanced features such as motion control or networking, it may be better to start with a more advanced PLC model such as the S7-300 or S7-400.

In summary, choosing a PLC model to learn programming depends on your programming experience, level of sophistication and the application for which you will be using the PLC.

7. What is the Siemens S7 family PLC programming ?

The programming of Siemens S7 family PLCs involves the creation of programmes that enable the control of production processes or building automation. These programmes are created in the PLC programming language, which is a special programming language dedicated to PLCs.

S7 PLC programming involves creating control programmes to collect data from sensors, process it and then control outputs such as motors, valves or displays. S7 programming uses specialised software such as TIA Portal or STEP 7 to design, test and implement programmes.

S7 PLC programs usually consist of two parts: a logic part and an input/output part. The logic part contains instructions that process data from the inputs and determine which outputs should be switched on or off. The input/output part controls which inputs and outputs should be used in the programme.

PLC S7 programming requires knowledge of the PLC programming language, as well as an understanding of the manufacturing processes or automation systems to be controlled by the controller. This knowledge allows the creation of effective and reliable control programmes that improve the efficiency and quality of industrial processes.

8. in which languages can the Siemens S7 family PLCs be programmed ?

Siemens S7 family PLCs can be programmed in several programming languages, such as:

  1. Ladder Logic (LAD) - a PLC programming language based on a ladder diagram, which allows easy creation of programmes using graphical elements.
  2. Instruction List (IL) - a PLC programming language based on instructions that are written in text form. It is a low-level programming language that allows precise control of processes.
  3. Structured Text (ST) - PLC programming language based on Pascal syntax. Allows more complex programmes to be written using structured instructions.
  4. Function Block Diagram (FBD) - a PLC programming language based on the block diagram, which allows programs to be created using graphical blocks.

All of these programming languages enable the programming of Siemens' S7 family PLCs, and choosing the right one depends on the individual preferences of the programmer and the specifics of the project.

9. how long does it take to learn to program a Siemens S7 family PLC ?

The time it takes to learn to program Siemens S7 family PLCs depends on a number of factors, such as your previous programming experience, your knowledge of electrical and automation engineering and the level of the course or training you choose.

Basic learning of Siemens S7 PLC programming can take a few weeks or months, depending on the pace of learning and level of sophistication. Fully mastering PLC programming can take much longer, especially when it comes to more advanced aspects such as network programming, communicating with other devices or creating more complex programmes.

It is important to consider learning PLC programming as a process of continuous improvement and development of your skills, rather than as a single goal. Many PLC programmers continually improve their skills through courses, training and apprenticeships.

10. Is it worth buying an actual S7 family PLC to learn programming ?

Yes, it is a good idea to buy an actual S7 family PLC to learn programming, as this allows you to learn from practical examples and allows you to gain experience of working with real hardware. Using real hardware also allows you to learn about aspects of installing and configuring the system, as well as troubleshooting problems that may occur when working with the PLC.

However, buying an actual PLC can be expensive, especially if it is the first step in learning programming. An alternative solution is to use PLC simulators, which allow you to emulate the operation of a PLC in a programming environment. PLC simulators offer a range of features and tools that are available in real controllers, allowing you to learn PLC programming without having to purchase hardware.

11. Better new or used S7 family PLC to learn programming ?

From the point of view of learning to program, both a new and a used Siemens S7 family PLC can be a good choice, as long as it is in good working order and functioning properly.

A new PLC will provide the latest software and functionality, as well as a longer warranty period and support from the manufacturer. However, they tend to be more expensive than used models.

A used PLC may be more affordable, which can be beneficial for beginners who do not want to invest large sums in equipment. However, it is important to remember that used equipment may have hidden defects or technical problems that are not visible at first glance.

Ultimately, the choice between a new and a used PLC depends on individual preferences, needs and budget. It is important to thoroughly understand the specifications and purchase conditions in order to choose the best possible model for learning PLC programming.

12. What additional equipment might be useful for learning PLC programming of the S7 family ?

To learn how to program the Siemens S7 family PLC, several additional devices can be useful. Here are some examples:

  1. Computer - this is the basic tool that is necessary for PLC programming. The computer should have appropriate software, such as STEP 7 or TIA Portal programming software, which will allow programming of S7 controllers.
  2. PLC simulator - allows you to simulate the operation of a PLC without having the actual device. The simulator can be installed on a computer and the program written can be tested on it.
  3. PLC programming kit - such a kit may include, among other things, programming cables, network adapters, buttons and LEDs to test the programme.
  4. Peripheral devices - e.g. sensors, motors, buttons, which will enable the written programme to be tested in practice.
  5. Books and online courses - can be a resource and help you understand the basics of PLC programming and working with Siemens controllers.
  6. Manufacturer documentation - user manuals, product catalogues and manufacturer's technical documentation will help to understand the functionality and capabilities of a particular PLC.

13. Which PLC programming language of the S7 family should I start learning from?

For Siemens' S7 family PLCs, Ladder Logic is the most commonly used programming language, as it is very intuitive and easy to learn for those with electrical engineering experience. It is a graphical programming language that represents logical instructions in the form of a ladder with interconnected contacts, coils and function blocks.

The ladder language is widely used in industrial automation because it reflects the thinking of electrical engineers and allows a simple representation of control processes. Therefore, it is advisable to start learning to program the S7 family PLC with the ladder language and then possibly move on to learning other programming languages such as SCL or STL, depending on the needs and requirements of specific tasks.

14. what Siemens development tools are available ?

Siemens offers various programming tools for programming the S7 family of PLCs. Below is a description of a few of them:

  1. SIMATIC STEP 7 - is the main development environment for the Siemens S7 PLC. It can be used to create control programs, configure and diagnose industrial automation systems. Various programming languages are available in STEP 7, including LAD (FBD), STL, SCL, GRAPH and CFC. STEP 7 also allows the programming of process visualisation and operator operation.
  2. SIMATIC WinCC - is software for production process visualisation systems. It enables the creation of user interfaces to display and control process parameters in real time.
  3. SIMATIC NET - is software for the configuration and management of industrial networks. It allows easy connection of S7 PLCs to peripheral devices such as operator panels, sensors, actuators, etc. SIMATIC NET also makes it possible to monitor and diagnose networks.
  4. SIMATIC ProTool - is software for creating operator interfaces for control and measurement systems. It enables the creation of HMI (Human Machine Interface) applications to control and supervise processes in real time.
  5. SIMATIC IT - is production management software that enables the integration of various production processes into a single entity. It enables production planning, warehouse management, production quality monitoring and much more.
  6. TIA Portal - is a state-of-the-art development environment for S7 PLCs that combines SIMATIC STEP 7 software, SIMATIC WinCC and other development tools. TIA Portal offers an intuitive user interface and advanced programming functions such as process simulation or integration with ERP systems.

15. Where can I find help to learn PLC programming of the S7 family?

Many sources can be found to help learn how to program the Siemens S7 family PLC. Some of them are:

  1. Manufacturer's documentation - the manufacturer's website has user manuals, tutorials, examples and other documents to help you learn.
  2. Books - there are many books on PLC programming, including books in Polish, which will introduce the world of PLC programming step by step.
  3. Internet - various websites offer tutorials, courses, video lessons, as well as forums where you can ask questions and get help from more experienced programmers.
  4. Courses and training - there are many courses and training courses, both online and onsite, that focus on learning to program Siemens PLCs.
  5. Discussion groups and forums - in various online forums and discussion groups you can find people who share their experiences and help solve PLC programming problems.
  6. Instructors and mentors - if you want to gain a more comprehensive knowledge of PLC programming, it is advisable to enlist the help of instructors or mentors who can help explain difficult issues and provide troubleshooting tips.
  7. Manufacturer's technical support - you can contact by e-mail or telephone and ask questions

16. Where is the most common place of employment for a PLC programmer of the S7 family ?

Siemens S7 family PLC programmers find employment in a variety of industries such as automotive, energy, manufacturing, food processing, chemical, petrochemical and many others. They can also work in companies involved in automation system design, system integration and providing solutions for various industries.

Employment can be found both in smaller companies and in large corporations with branches in different countries. Depending on their specialisation, PLC programmers can work as automation engineers, control system specialists or PLC application programmers.

17. How much do Siemens S7 family PLC programmers earn ?

The salary of a Siemens S7 family PLC programmer depends on many factors, such as experience, skills, type of work and location. According to Hays Poland's 2021 salary report, the average monthly salary for a PLC programmer in Poland is around PLN 9,000 gross. However, these earnings can be significantly higher for more experienced professionals or in large cities. In other countries, PLC programmer salaries can be even higher.

18. what are the salaries of Siemens S7 family PLC programmers in Europe? 

Earnings for Siemens S7 family PLC programmers in Europe can vary significantly depending on country, experience, qualifications and many other factors. Below is an example of salary ranges for S7 PLC programmers in five selected European markets for a junior position:

  1. Germany: EUR 45 000 - 55 000 per year
  2. UK: £30,000 - £40,000 per annum
  3. France: EUR 35 000 - 45 000 per year
  4. Switzerland: CHF 70 000 - 90 000 per year
  5. Poland: PLN 30 000 - 45 000 per year

However, it is important to bear in mind that these are only estimates and that actual earnings can vary significantly depending on circumstances.

19. What qualities should a future Siemens S7 family PLC programmer have ?

A future Siemens S7 family PLC programmer should have knowledge and skills related to electrical engineering, automation and computer science, as well as a passion and interest in industrial automation. In addition, important qualities include:

  1. Knowledge of Siemens S7 family PLC programming language and LADDER language,
  2. Ability to analyse and solve problems related to industrial automation,
  3. Ability to work as part of a team and be communicative,
  4. Precision, accuracy and meticulousness in work,
  5. Ability to design and produce technical documentation,
  6. Good knowledge of the English language,
  7. Self-reliance and the ability to learn new technologies and solutions quickly.

The future PLC programmer should also develop their skills and knowledge through training, courses and practical experience.

20 What tips might be helpful before learning Siemens PLC programming ?

Here are some tips that may be helpful before you start learning Siemens PLC programming:

  1. Learn the basics of electrical engineering, automation and computer science - knowing the basics of these disciplines will be very helpful in understanding the basics of PLC programming.
  2. Choose the right course - there are many courses and study materials available online that can help you learn PLC programming. Choose the course that best suits your needs.
  3. Download the software - to start learning PLC programming, you must have access to the appropriate software. This software is available to download from the manufacturer's website.
  4. Use a simulator - a PLC simulator will allow you to test your code without having a physical controller. This allows you to learn programming anywhere, anytime.
  5. Use forums and communities - there are hundreds of forums and online communities where PLC developers share their knowledge and experience. This is a great place to find answers to questions and get help with problems.
  6. Practice regularly - learning PLC programming requires systematic and regular practice. Practice makes perfect, so the more time you devote to learning, the better your chances of success.
  7. Be patient - PLC programming is a complex process that takes time and patience. Don't expect to learn programming in a few days. It is a process that takes time, effort and perseverance.

21. How many hours per week does a Siemens S7 family PLC programmer work ?

The number of working hours for a Siemens S7 family PLC programmer depends on a number of factors, such as the nature of the work, project requirements and work schedule. The standard number of working hours for PLC programmers is usually between 40 and 50 hours per week. For urgent projects or difficult problems, programmers may have to work overtime, which can increase their working hours. Ultimately, the number of hours a PLC programmer works depends on a number of factors, and the specific number may vary depending on the job and individual circumstances.

22. What are the most common problems in learning to program the S7 family PLCs?

When learning to program an S7 family PLC, various problems can arise, depending on the individual skills and experience of the learner. Here are some of the most common problems that can arise when learning to program an S7 family PLC:

  1. Lack of basic knowledge of electrical engineering and automation - knowledge of these disciplines is essential to understand the operation of PLCs and to design the control system correctly.
  2. Difficulties with programming languages - programming in PLC languages, such as Ladder Logic, can require some time and effort to understand their operating principles and syntax.
  3. Difficulties in diagnosing and troubleshooting - PLC programming may require knowledge of techniques for diagnosing and troubleshooting control systems.
  4. Difficulties with software and hardware - some PLC programming may require specialised hardware or equipment, which can present additional challenges for those learning to program.
  5. Lack of experience with control systems - working with control systems requires knowledge of basic concepts such as input and output signals, addressing and control.

It is important to be patient and focus on acquiring knowledge in a systematic way. Using available learning sources such as courses, manuals and tutorials can help to overcome these problems and successfully learn how to program the S7 family PLC.

23 What are the most important differences between the Siemens S7-1200 family controller models ?

The Siemens S7-1200 PLC family offers five different models (as far as standard PLCs are concerned) Here are some differences between the models:

  1. Number of digital and analogue inputs/outputs - different models differ in the number of digital and analogue inputs/outputs built in. The cheapest S7-1200 model has 6 digital inputs and 4 digital outputs, while the most expensive model can have as many as 14 digital inputs and 10 digital outputs and 2 analogue outputs.
  2. Expandable - some models allow for expansion with functional modules to increase the number of digital and analogue inputs/outputs
  3. Price - the higher the model the more expensive it is
  4. Memory - the higher the model, the more memory it has

Ultimately, the choice of the appropriate S7-1200 PLC model depends on the requirements of the specific project or application, as well as the financial resources available.

24. main differences between the S7-1200 and the S7-1500?

The S7-1200 and S7-1500 are two different models of Siemens' S7 family of PLCs, which differ primarily in their functionality and technical specifications. Here are the main differences between them:

  1. Performance: The S7-1500 is more powerful than the S7-1200, with the S7-1500 offering faster processing speeds and greater memory capacity.
  2. Extensibility/expansion: the S7-1500 has a more extensive architecture and more expansion options, allowing users to add expansion modules more easily. The S7-1200 has limited expansion options.
  3. Functionality: the S7-1500 has more advanced features, such as an advanced diagnostic system, as well as new input/output modules. The S7-1200 offers basic functions and fewer I/O modules.
  4. Ease of use: The S7-1200 is easier to configure and program, making it ideal for smaller applications and projects. The S7-1500 requires more advanced technical knowledge and experience.
  5. Price: the S7-1500 is more expensive than the S7-1200 due to its more advanced technical specifications and functionality.

Ultimately, the choice between the S7-1200 and S7-1500 depends on the needs and requirements of the specific application or project.

25. do you need a specialised Siemens PG field computer to learn PLC programming ?

No, you do not need a specialist Siemens PG field computer to learn to program the S7 family of PLCs. To learn how to program S7 PLCs, you can use a regular PC or laptop that has the appropriate programming software from Siemens, such as TIA Portal or Step 7 installed. However, if you need to use peripherals or interfaces specific to Siemens devices, such as MPI or Profibus, then you may need to use a field PG computer.

Which tasks to start learning PLC programming of the S7 family?

When learning to program Siemens S7 family PLCs, it is recommended to start with basic tasks such as:

  1. Switching actuators on and off depending on the status of the inputs,
  2. Basic logic based on input states and specified conditions,
  3. Motor direction control,
  4. Controlling the operation of the pneumatic actuator,
  5. Mathematical calculations

The first steps with PLC programming should be composed of simple tasks and programmes to allow knowledge and skills to be acquired from scratch and then gradually increase in difficulty.

26. the most important differences between the LAD and SCL language in relation to the S7 family PLCs ?

The Ladder Diagram (LAD) language and the Structured Control Language (SCL) are two of the basic programming languages that are used in the programming of Siemens S7 family PLCs. The main differences between them are outlined below:

  1. Syntax: LAD is a graphical programming language that is based on electrical symbols and function blocks. SCL, on the other hand, is a text-based language and is based on 'structured' programming and uses a syntax similar to C.
  2. Programming complexity: LAD is considered a simpler language to use, which means that programming in this language is easier for beginners. SCL is a more complex language that may require some people to have more knowledge of programming and mathematics.
  3. Speeding up the design process: LAD is often used for the rapid design of simple programmes because it is easier to understand schematic diagrams. SCL is more useful for complex programmes because it is more flexible and allows the implementation of more advanced features.
  4. Programming capabilities: SCL allows more advanced mathematical functions and algorithms to be written down, allowing more precise and complex operations and at the same time easier understanding of such programme code. LAD has limited programming capabilities because it is a simpler language.

In summary, the choice between LAD and SCL depends on individual needs and project requirements. Beginner programmers should start by learning LAD, as it is an easier language to use and will allow you to gain the basics of PLC programming.

27 Why use Factory IO to learn PLC programming?

Factory IO is a simulation tool that allows you to simulate industrial processes related to automation and PLC programming. With it, a range of projects can be realised and various input and output devices such as sensors, buttons, motors, valves, etc. can be used to test and run control algorithms.

Using Factory IO to learn PLC programming has several benefits:

  1. The simulation environment ensures safety - you can test and run your algorithms without risking damage to your hardware or health hazards.
  2. Factory IO offers a number of ready-made scenarios - so you can learn how to program and test the various controller functions more quickly.
  3. Easy to set up - the environment is easy to use and set up, so you can get started quickly.
  4. Intuitive user interface - Factory IO offers a user-friendly graphical interface that facilitates PLC programming and industrial process simulation.

All in all, Factory IO is a great tool for learning PLC programming and can greatly accelerate the process of learning and understanding industrial process control principles.

28. Does the version of the TIA Portal development environment matter at the beginning of learning PLC programming?

At the beginning of learning PLC programming, it does not really matter which version of the TIA Portal development environment you choose. All versions of TIA Portal that support the S7 family of PLCs have a similar interface and functionality, and so allow PLC programming in LAD, FBD, SCL and STL languages.

However, it is important to select the correct version of TIA Portal that is compatible with the PLC you are using. For example, if you are using an S7-1200 controller, you should use the TIA Portal Basic or TIA Portal Professional version, while for S7-1500 controllers you should use the TIA Portal Professional version.

I suggest starting with TIA Portal v14 or higher

It is worth bearing in mind that the different versions of TIA Portal vary in functionality and number of modules, and may also differ in price, so you should choose the right version based on your needs and budget.

Do I need to buy a licence for the TIA Portal development environment at the start of learning to program Siemens S7 family PLCs?

At the beginning of learning PLC programming of the Siemens S7 family, there is no need to buy a full licence for the TIA Portal development environment. Siemens offers a free version of TIA Portal (so-called trial), which is sufficient for learning the basics of PLC programming and for creating simple projects (full functionality for 21 days after activation of the licence). The trial version is also often used by students and hobbyists who are learning PLC programming. However, when using the TIA Portal development environment for commercial purposes, a full licence is advisable.

29. by yourself or from courses? How do you learn PLC programming faster?

Learning PLC programming is possible either on your own or through courses or training. The final decision depends on each person's preferences and abilities.

As far as the speed of learning is concerned, this depends on many factors, such as the level of motivation, the availability of time, technical skills and the quality of learning materials and tools. In the case of self-directed learning, a lot of discipline and self-denial is required, as the lack of a teacher and interaction with others can lead to feelings of loneliness and lack of motivation.

Here are some disadvantages of learning PLC programming yourself:

  1. Lack of structure and guidance - when you learn on your own, you have to develop your own learning plan and proceed on your own, which can be difficult if you don't know where to start.
  2. Lack of a qualified teacher - self-study does not provide you with an expert who can help you understand difficult concepts or answer questions.
  3. Lack of interaction with other students - one of the biggest advantages of group learning is the opportunity to interact with other students, share ideas and get support.
  4. It takes a lot of time and self-discipline - self-study requires a lot of discipline to keep you systematic and committed.
  5. Risk of lack of motivation - the lack of external pressure from attending a course can lead to a loss of motivation and dropping out.

In conclusion, learning PLC programming on your own or from courses can have a positive effect, and the choice depends on individual preferences and circumstances. It is important to use the best possible learning materials and tools, and to maintain constant motivation and persistence in learning.

30. Is it better to learn PLC programming from free or paid courses ?

Both free and paid courses can be useful in learning PLC programming. Ultimately, the choice depends on individual preferences, needs and financial capabilities.

Free courses often offer basic information and course material that is sufficient for beginners who want to learn the first steps involved in PLC programming. However, paid courses often offer a presentation of the topics in a structured way that may be more useful for advanced programmers or people who want to specialise in a specific area.

Here are some of the benefits of learning PLC programming from paid video courses:

  1. A complete and structured curriculum: Video courses are usually designed in a way that allows students to start with the basics and move gradually through more complex topics. Each subsequent class builds on the previous one, ensuring a consistent pace of learning.
  2. Material availability: Video courses are usually available online, which means that you can study anywhere, anytime, as long as you have access to an internet connection.
  3. Experienced teachers: for paid video courses, you get instruction from qualified teachers with experience in PLC programming. The courses are taught by experts in the field, which means you are assured of getting the best advice and guidance.
  4. High-quality training materials: Paid video courses offer training materials in the form of videos, exercises and other tools to support learning. These materials are often more extensive and more thorough than those found in free courses.
  5. Personalised advice and support: paid courses offer personalised advice and support, which means you can get your questions answered and get help when you encounter difficulties.
  6. Certificates: Paid video courses offer certificates of course completion, which can help you find a job or advance in your current job. A certificate can also provide evidence of your abilities and skills, which can boost your confidence in yourself in the subject of PLC programming.

All in all, paid video courses offer many benefits that can help you learn PLC programming. Ultimately, the choice of whether to learn on your own or from paid courses depends on each person's preference, but paid courses are worth considering if you are looking for a comprehensive curriculum, personalised support, a certificate of completion and access to high-quality course materials with practical examples.

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Tomasz Gilewski

Hello, my name is Tomasz Gilewski. I am the author of books on the S7-1200 controller and HMI panels (i.e. Siemens hardware). I have been programming exclusively on Siemens hardware and engineering tools for several years.

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