How long does it generally take to become a good automation engineer?
I’ve been working as an entry-level automation engineer for well under a year now. I started as an intern and learned fairly quickly. I work with AB and Unitronics PLCs (and the required electrical work), and Fanuc robots. Maybe I’m selling myself short, but maybe I was never as good as I thought. I am at the end of the two worst weeks of my very very short career. I don’t expect things to always come naturally or easily, but all I’ve done for these past two weeks is have a problem that seems complicated, mess with it for hours and make 0 progress, call my boss late at night to come in, and watch him fix it in 10 minutes or less. Today I was told by a higher up that I’m not ready for my own shift and now I am finding myself extremely discouraged. All I’ve been doing is messing up with 0 wins. I realize that sometimes the best way to learn is my messing up but damn it doesn’t feel good.