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A PLC or programmable logic controller is an industrial digital computer, which has been ruggedized and adapted for the control of manufacturing processes, such as assembly lines and robotic devices. A PLC programmer is a trained professional who designs, programs, operates and maintains a PLC. The most known companies that manufacture PLC’s are Siemens, Allen-Bradley, Mitsubishi, Omron and GE-Fanuc.

What Do Freelance PLC Programmers Do?

PLC programmers are mainly responsible for programming automation and controls systems involving PLCs. They program Human Machine Interface (HMI), Man Machine Interface (MMI), Operator Interface System (OIS), and Operator Interface Panel (OIP) devices. They create PLC/HMI code for control of various electro-mechanical systems. A PLC programmer designs and sets up control systems for mechanical equipment used in the industrial sector. They use computer-aided software to develop electric designs and prepare technical drawings. These PLC programmers may also review the existing drawings and evaluate them. They create and read logic and flow diagrams for program design, programming, simulation and testing.

PLC programmers use a variety of PLC languages such as ladder logic, sequential function charts and function block diagram and automation software such as Sysmac studio for coding and programming.

PLC programmers are mostly seen associated with heavy industries, where automation and robot are used for the manufacturing processes. There are many programmers who also undertake freelance projects and take up online jobs from home. You can hire PLC programmers online on a freelance marketplace company like Guru.

When looking at PLC programmers for hire, make sure your freelancer can:

  • Program and monitor PLC programs.

  • Modify existing programs from customer requirements.

  • Develop PLC application software.

  • Evaluating equipment requirements.

  • Establishing resource schedules and assigning work.

  • Develop sequence of operation and control system architecture.

  • Develop and implement an acceptance test plan.

  • Perform trial performance runs and perform performance runs with product.

  • Provide ongoing technical support to users within the company and outside customers.

Qualities Needed by Freelance PLC Programmers

It is ideal that your freelancer has the following skills:

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering

  • Previous experience with any of the PLC manufacturers

  • Application development experience in a high-level language (C#, Visual Basic, Python)

  • Significant electrical aptitude and knowledge of acceptable practices, techniques and codes

  • Skills in AutoCAD, MS Office Suite and MS Project

  • Strong math skills and ability to interpret engineering drawings

  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem solving skills

When looking at PLC programmers for hire, make sure you check their credentials and conduct a reference check.

Benefits of Hiring Freelance PLC Programmers

Freelance PLC programmers are willing to work round the clock to turn the job around in a shorter period of time. They invest in their skills and are constantly updating themselves with the trends in the industry and this add to their skill set.

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