Hi, I’m Frank!
My name is Frank Lamb, and I’m the guy who designed the Automation Academy. I’ve been involved in industrial automation since I graduated from the University of Tennessee with my Electrical Engineering degree in 1993. Before that I spent 8 years in the US Air Force, where I originally learned electronics.
I didn’t graduate High School, and really had no idea what I wanted to do as a career. I would have appreciated some guidance back then in the late 1970s, but of course we didn’t have the internet or communities like this.
I started my first business in 1996, the original Automation Consulting Services, Inc. in Knoxville, Tennessee. I made every mistake in the book, so I can give you some good feedback and a long list of “don’ts” when it comes to starting a business. That is where I learned to design and build machines, and wrote a lot of my first PLC and HMI programs.
I worked for a large custom machine builder, Wright Industries, for 6 years after closing my original business in 2006. I learned how the “big boys” do machine building, controls and applications there before I restarted my company in 2012.
I started contracting to an engineering company and consulting in 2012, then started teaching PLC, HMI and SCADA classes for a company called Automation Training in 2013. I opened my own training facility in 2016 here in Lebanon, Tennessee and taught material from my own published books.
In March, 2020 a tornado destroyed my training facility, and Covid-19 hit a couple of weeks later. I worked out of my house for a few months, and then bought an old house in Lebanon, Tennessee to do my work out of. In August, 2020 I decided to create this membership site and put my resources and training courses online. I intend to keep growing it and adding more material, I hope you enjoy it!
If there is something I can help you with, let me know!