# Project ideas for getting into automation?

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#### Rhonage

Hi all,

I have recently been taken on as a trainee Automation Engineer for a New Zealand based company that handles milk / food production for the plants in the area.

When I started I was been given a rather large amount of books to read through (but what good is knowledge if I can't apply it to anything?).

I've also been told "don't worry about the math, just learn the concepts" but unfortunately all of the concepts are based around math so far...

I'd love to hear some project suggestions (home based) for testing myself and as a result becoming a better automation engineer.

My background is IT and software development for 2 years, with little electrical or mechatronics experience.

I have an interest in flight mechanics / space stuff. I'd love to eventually work my way to up building my own quadcopter from scratch.

Thanks in advance! Any suggestions would be fantastic.

#### paulb

I think you've come to the right place!

I've worked in a few different fields (doing software using the same tools for 29 years), but this forum has been the best place to hang out (and learn).

www.CtrlTerm.com
www.TurboControl.com - see educational monitoring project

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#### paulb

There are simple tools (free and open source) and code for C and Pascal (Python hopefully soon) on this new page:
http://ctrlpascal.com/picoscope.htm

If you are an experienced programmer then this probably doesn't apply to you. But if you or someone you know is just starting out, maybe these types of projects can be a valuable resource. These folks have been doing something similar (demonstrating simple tools) since 1998: http://software-carpentry.org/