Industrial Automation Optimization

Automation Training

We’ve spent many years developing a comprehensive automation and controls training program called NTH University to accelerate the development of our new hires. By using our training services, you get access to the same resources and materials that we use to develop our own high-performing controls engineers. We’ve designed our training to be modular, customizable, and support a wide variety of platforms in order to meet your unique needs.

Course Offerings





PLC - Basic 5 days Learn the fundamentals of PLC Hardware & Programming on the platform of your choice. Maintenance & Engineers
PLC - Advanced Programming 5 days Focuses on programming techniques rather than instructions on the platform of your choice. Students should already have experience programming. Maintenance & Engineers
Industrial Automation: Hands On 1-4 days Primer on a range of industrial automation concepts, terminology, and applications. Topics include automation and manufacturing, controls, machine systems and design, components andhardware, business systems, and more, with Frank Lamb's book as a guide. Manufacturing Engineer & Manufacturing Managers
Machine Vision 3-4 days Based on Cognex and Keyence platforms, covers basic vision concepts including hardware, lensing and lighting followed by hands-on labs. Maintenance & Engineers
HMI & SCADA 3 days Covers HMI & SCADA programming and techniques on the platform of your choice. Maintenance & Engineers
Machine Safety 1 day Learn about machine safety regulations and standards based on OSHA, IEC and other documentation. Maintenance & Engineers
Ethernet & Fieldbuses 1 day Covers industrial machine and LAN/WAN network interfacing. Maintenance & Engineers
We have designed our training to be modular, customizable, and support a wide variety of platforms. Please contact us if you are interested in creating a custom training.

Controls Training Platforms



Allen-Bradley SLC/MicroLogix Allen-Bradley
Allen-Bradley CompactLogix / ControlLogix Siemens
Siemens S7-300 Wonderware
Beckhoff Ignition
Omron C-More
Automation Direct Proface

Course Delivery

All equipment, computers, software, and course materials are provided to the trainees to simulate the equipment on the plant floor.  With our hands-on training, you can ask questions to an experienced instructor.

Our equipment will save your company hundreds of thousands of dollars from buying training stations. We maintain the equipment and keep it up to date for you.

You can choose from the following delivery options:

  • Instructor-Led class at our training facility in the Nashville Area: Get exposure to more complex applications and hardware like pick and place, vision, and process control in addition to PLC hardware and programming.
  • Instructor-Led training at your facility: Demo boxes and a conveyor trainer are available for a short-term training event or long-term lease.
  • Custom: Create a custom training course for your employees that can be facilitated through taped or remote instruction

Course Instructor

Our courses are led by published author Frank Lamb, writer of Industrial Automation: Hands On and PLC Hardware & Programming Multi-Platform.

Frank is a manufacturing and automation educator specializing in controls, programming, machine building and design. He is a United States Air Force veteran, received his BSEE in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Tennessee, and has a Green Belt in Lean Manufacturing/Six Sigma from Purdue University.

Frank’s background includes more than 300 electrical and controls design projects, as well as the design and fabrication of several machines. In addition to specializing in automation and controls, he is also an experienced mechanical machine designer and project manager. His supplementary training in Six Sigma/Lean Manufacturing, as well as his many years of experience managing large capital projects, gives him a unique perspective as an automation educator.

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