Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are the main engine behind most discrete control systems in many industries. This class aims to introduce the principles of operations, maintenance techniques, basic troubleshooting techniques and thorough understanding of overall machine design concepts using PLCs. Participants will have hands-on experience with PLC and carry out demo projects on live PLCs as well as simulators. The class training will be complemented by class workshops, discussion on industry best practices and ISA videos on PLCs. Students will be issued a certificate at the end of the training.

Among others, you will cover:

Personnel involved in design, installation, operation & maintenance of Monitoring, Automation and control systems

Among others, you will cover:

  • Using Siemens PLCs
  • Introduction to PLC hardware
    Ø Power supply unit
    Ø Central processing unit
    Ø Modules: Input and output modules & Special modules and peripheral device
    o Memory
  • PLC operation modes and cycle
  • Ø I/O Addressing technique: Addressing and Device Number Systems
  •  PLC Setup and configuration
  • Introduction to PLC programming languages
    Ø LAD, STL & FBD and SFC; Introduction to IEC 1131 standard
  • Creating and configuring a project
  • Programming structure and basic instructions
    Use of Timers & Counters & Special Functions and Blocks
  • Connecting PLC with field devices
  • Uploading and downloading
  • Diagnosing faults using software and hardware (machine) diagrams
  • Hand-on practical exercises & simulations


  • At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify and explain the advantages of a programmable logic control over the conventional controls;Operate programmable logic controller;
  • Identify and describe the functions of the system components of a programmable logic control;
  • Make a simple program in ladder diagram and statement list programming;
  • Translate a ladder diagram program into electrical and logic circuits equivalent;
  • Solve problem exercises and simulate controls
  • Observe safe practices in dealing with PLC controls systems.

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