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Old 07-30-2013, 05:44 PM   #1
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I've been lurking for a while. I'm thinking about moving into being a electrician. I've been working in IT since about 2008. However before that I was a weapons tech in the navy for about 10 years. I gave plenty of motor/generator experience, plus electronics. I make a pretty great salary doing IT, but I feel like my soul is being squeezed out of me flying a desk everyday. Instrumentation seems very interesting, and they seem to use a lot of gear I already understand. I have a AA in Electronics and can program in Java, so I think learning ladder logic for PLC's shouldn't be a huge leap. In the next 12 months I'm going to purchase a PLC trainer to play with at home, and I'm looking at ways to reduce expenses if I decide to take the plunge. We have no kids so things shouldn't get that bad if we decide to go for it.



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I think if that's what you want to do then go for it. I can't give you many wise tips due to my limited field exp. with instrumentation, etc. With that being said, I'm in the commercial/industrial electrical field and the types of things you described in your post were some of the most enjoyable. To learn. Good luck
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Take a look in the PLC's section here there are many good posts to read.
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[QUOTE=navytech410;1064388]I've been lurking for a while. I'm thinking about moving into being a electrician. I've been working in IT since about 2008. However before that I was a weapons tech in the navy for about 10 years. I gave plenty of motor/generator experience, plus electronics. I make a pretty great salary doing IT, but I feel like my soul is being squeezed out of me flying a desk everyday. Instrumentation seems very interesting, and they seem to use a lot of gear I already understand. I have a AA in Electronics and can program in Java, so I think learning ladder logic for PLC's shouldn't be a huge leap. In the next 12 months I'm going to purchase a PLC trainer to play with at home, and I'm looking at ways to reduce expenses if I decide to take the plunge. We have no kids so things shouldn't get that bad if we decide to go for it

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