What I’ve been working on…

PB2-6.70So you may be asking yourself, “where’s Shawn been?” as the updates to my blogs, videos, and podcasts have been a little sporadic.

Well, for the last several weeks I’ve been focusing on remaking my two year old PLC Basics video course, and I’m happy to announce I’m nearing completion of the filming stage!

And as I start thinking ahead to post production and retailing, I’ve been thinking about potential re-sellers discounts and customer bonuses, and I’ll discuss my thoughts on those in more detail tomorrow.

Why I’m making a new version

The original course, titled “Micro Programmable Controller Basics,” was my first video training course which I recorded in 2014 after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

There was a much larger learning curve to create a video course than I thought, and because of that I didn’t actually released the course on DVD until January of 2015.

Since then, hundreds of students from over 45 countries have purchased the course, and it currently maintains a 4.5 out of 5 star rating.

However, as it was my very first course, and I’ve had nearly two years to reflect on both it and student feedback, there were several things about the course I wanted to change.

So earlier this year I began pre-production of an updated version, and I’m glad to say I’m in the process of filming the final lessons this week.

What’s next

Since I’m self employed and much of my revenue comes from selling my courses, my immediate goal is to focus on increasing sales of my existing PLC and PanelView Plus courses, as well as creating several new PLC and HMI courses.

However, I’m also considering the idea of releasing the next few courses as shorter, less expensive digital courses, and expanding them over time base on student feedback and popularity.

I’ll also soon be writing about the expansion of my PLC and HMI consulting via WebEx, and several block of time options I recently released.

But for today I just wanted to post an update as to where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing, and as always you’re invited to post any comments or questions.


Shawn Tierney

PS – Not sure what everyone’s hobbies are, but lately I’ve been into reading and writing about Sci Fi, Running, and more, and have included links to my “hobby” websites in the menu above 😉


Get free Tech Support and Training Courses:

Since launching my own business, I’ve received many requests for free email, phone, and in person technical support.

I’ve also had quite a few request for free or low cost vouchers for my training courses.

So in today’s article entitled “Free,” I list the top free resources available:

Free Tech Support:

As an automation consultant I offer free consulting via my website, TheAutomationBlog.com.

If you have a technical question, just find an existing article on a related topic and post your question as a comment.

Then if I or another reader knows the answer you’ll often get a response within a day or two.

What about free email, phone, and live consulting?

I currently do not offer free consulting via email, phone, or in-person.

I do offer paid consulting services at a rate of $100 per hour, and you can find out more about the services I’m currently offering at InsightsInAutomation.com/consulting

NOTE: Rockwell does offer some free support services, and last time I checked they included:

  • Free telephone tech support on Component devices including the Micro800, as well as on Software Activations
  • Free online tech support via chat on Component devices including the Micro800, as well as on Software Activations at www.ab.com
  • Thousands of free Tech Notes in their knowledgebase at www.ab.com
  • Free user to user support forums at www.ab.com
  • And many Rockwell distributors also offer their customers free phone and in-person support as well

Free and Discounted Training Courses:

As an automation trainer I offer free and discounted training courses on my website, TheAutomationSchool.com.

And while not all of my courses are offered for free, many are listed at discounted rates.

I do also offer custom online paid training services at a rate of $100 per hour, and you can find out more about the training services I currently offer at InsightsInAutomation.com/consulting

NOTE: Rockwell does offer some free training courses, and last time I checked they included:

  • Local Rockwell “on tour” courses
  • Regional Rockwell Automation on the Move trade shows
  • Annual Automation Fair
  • Note: Most of the training documents from the above sessions can be downloaded for free from www.ab.com
  • Note: Many Rockwell distributors also offer free and low cost training to their customers.


Shawn Tierney
The Automation Guy