As I had said any help is good help. So I do very much appreciate all spectrums of opinions. With that said you all are the ones with the knowledge here and I come as a experienced fabricator seeking your knowledge on the best way to approach my build. I chose Arduino as I had stated in my introduction post as a newbie that I have been watching this community grow for years. Often I come to Arduino to see what updates have been made and the progress that has been made. Just now am I able to enter into this wonderful world and I choose Arduino mainly due to the community and support this place has. So with absolute and total respect I say thank you for any help given.
Now with all of that bundled up your absolutely correct Cedarlakeinstruments in your comment. I agree with you 100%. In the start of all of this I had purchased the hardware and signed up online to some courses for the Arduino. So I can have so type of grip of what is going on. I did figure I could handle a thermostat and a few relays. I have completed one class and am currently working on the second class. Now I have learned a whole lot about the Arduino and the language used to program it but mainly what I have learned is I'm gonna need one of you guys who are pros at this to write the sketch. I am not worthy. I can try, I can attempt but debugging is out right..
With all of that said I have been contacted by a few freelancers now and I have assured them that hardware design will be in his control. My partner and I can handle the HMI interface, PCB's required, CNC machining parts, 3D printing parts etc.
So in the end I did purchase some parts that the freelancer I chose wants changed and I have told him we will do what he recommends. Maybe I'm out a little money but I got this cool ass Arduino Mega sitting here lol.
I respect your opinions so thank you for any input.
As for choosing Arduino. I am aware there are some other quality options for microcontrollers. I would really like to use the Arduino in this project due to the fact that again I have watched this place grow along with other places like Adrupilot / Pixhawk and such. I have been following this technology for awhile now waiting to be a part of it. Arduino community feels like a good fit for me. I know some of you are quick to correct and possibly heavy with the lashings but I like that. Clearly most of you feel comfortable here and I can tell that by from what I have seen over the years.
A little about me I am from Alaska. I am a welding inspector who was a welder / fabricator for 15 years here. Projects are just kinda my thing like a lot of you guys. Now I get to dabble in some microcontrollers and I find that extremely exciting.
This will be a great project.
Happy New Years.