Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)

Date(s) – March 15, 2019 – April 12, 2019
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

EDC of Elkhart County


This five-day workshop provides the basic skills and knowledge you need to work with the programmable logic controllers (PLCs) found in a typical manufacturing plant. The course begins with a review of relay logic, and then you’ll learn PLC programming, including general logic, timers, counters, and math functions, followed by human-machine interface (HMI) programming. Each session includes one or more hands-on labs where you will practice implementing what you have learned on a self-contained PLC system. PLCs used in this workshop are from Automation Direct, but the basic PLC knowledge and skills you will learn are easily transferable between PLC systems.


Class Dates:  March 15, 22, & 29; April 5 & 12.


Meet the Instructor:


Professor John A. Piller Jr.

Professor John A. Piller Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Engineering Technology teaching at Purdue South Bend. He holds a faculty position in the School of Engineering Technology, teaches Electrical Engineering Technology courses with a primary teaching focus on Industrial Controls/ Mechatronics, Power and Motors, and Control Theory.


Professor Piller graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology and a M.S. in Technology. He has worked in towards building a career around industrial controls and mechatronics doing design, build, and service of security control systems in correctional facilities. In that role, he began as the basic designer to a Project Engineer III where he coached a team to a full build working with municipalities and the federal government to complete projects.


In 2008, he returned to the Michiana area where his wife and he were born to raise their family.  There he moved to different Electrical Project Manager and Engineering positions until becoming a professor for Purdue Polytechnic at South Bend in Fall 2011.  In 2018 he formally began a consulting firm, JPiller Design and Consulting, where he works with industry by applying his background to assist in advancing automation of their processes.



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