Available in both virtual and in-person, instructor-led formats, this introductory PLCs for Non-Programmers course uses hands-on demonstrations to convert the seemingly complex world of automation and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) into practical lessons the average non-programmer can understand. Students will learn to speak the PLC language, read and interpret PLC ladder logic, troubleshoot PLC systems and components, and fix the most common PLC problems on their own.
This course focuses on understanding PLCs; how they work, terminology, and the hardware and software elements that make up a programmable logic controller. Students will learn a systematic approach to troubleshooting; how to set-up and configure local, remote, hierarchical and distributive control systems; how to configure Input/Output modules using various slot addressing techniques; how to understand program and data table file organization, number systems and processor information flow; and how basic relay type instructions, timers and counters, & data manipulation instructions can be used to achieve PLC solutions.
This 2-day seminar is just $1,195. You can also combine this PLC course for non-programmers with our PLC Programming & Applications course for a comprehensive 4-day PLC Workshop.
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What is Virtual Instructor-led Training (VILT)?
Scheduling conflicts, travel expenses, and employee health concerns can all interfere with live PLC training. Virtual PLC programming training circumvents such conflicts by teaching employees vital PLC processes and concepts in a virtual training space. Employees receive live face-to-face video instruction from experienced instructors, supported by engaging classroom interaction, group discussions, and training exercises. Pop quizzes assess student progress throughout the class, so instructors know when to continue to the next concept and revisit information to improve learning outcomes.
All employees need to participate in virtual PLC training is a computer with a microphone, webcam, and internet connection. TPC’s virtual training instructors meet the same strict criteria as our offsite instructors, combining years of educational experience with solid backgrounds in practical PLC programming industry applications.
Social distancing is built right into our live online PLC programming training courses, helping maintain employee health.
For more information on how virtual instruction can improve your PLC training outcomes, visit our Virtual Instructor-Led Training page.
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Day One - Discussion Topics
Day One of our PLC training focuses on understanding PLCs; how they work, terminology, and the hardware and software elements that make up a programmable logic controller. We will begin to examine the primary causes of faults associated with PLC based control systems: Input/Output devices and field wiring. You will learn to use both hardware and software to find these faults quickly. Students will learn a systematic approach to troubleshooting; how to set-up and configure local, remote, hierarchical and distributive control systems; how to configure Input/Output modules using various slot addressing techniques; how to understand program and data table file organization, number systems and processor information flow; and how basic relay type instructions, timers and counters, & data manipulation instructions can be used to achieve the PLC solution you want. This focus during the PLC training will stretch into day two.
Speaking the Language of PLCs
- Hardware Focus
- How PLCs Work
- PLC Terminology
- Parts of a PLC
- Input Interfaces
- Output Interfaces
- Power Supplies
- Programming Terminals
- Hardware Considerations
- Field Wiring
- Master Control Relay
- Isolation Transformers
Day Two - Discussion Topics
Reading PLC Ladder Logic
- Organization and Function of Ladder
- Logic Ladder Logic Data Table Organization
- Numbering Systems
- Data Table Files
- Bit, Word and File Addressing
- Introduction to Programming
- Common PLC & PID Instructions
- Basic Relay
- Counters and Timers
- Data Transfer
- Subroutine Files
- Selectable Timed Interrupt (STI) Files
- Jumps and MCR Instructions
- Fault Routines
- Relating the PLC to "Real World" Applications
Troubleshooting PLC Systems & Components
- Forcing of Input Data Table & Output Devices
- Identifying I/O Field Device Faults
- Identifying I/O Module Faults
- Identifying System Faults Using the Data Monitor Screen
- Using the Processor Status and I/O Status Screen
Finding & Fixing the 10 Most Common PLC Problems
- The "Ultimate PLC Troubleshooting Flowchart"
- Using Troubleshooting Tools
- Using Software Tools
- "Real World" Case Studies
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Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Upon completion of this seminar, the student will receive a certification of completion with 8 classroom hours (.8 TPC Training CEUs) per day attended. Visit our continuing education units page to determine if this class is accepted by your state licensing agency.
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Optional Certification Exam
A certification exam is available for this course; students may order it at any time after the training is over. Please visit the Testing and Certification page for more information.