Intro to Programmable Logic Controllers


Date(s) - April 10, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County


Course starts Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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.


  • Explain the hazards that exist when working with electrical systems and guidelines for preventing injuries.
  • Explain what NFPA 79 is and how it relates to PLC system design and programming.
  • Interpret, create, and construct relay ladder logic diagrams and circuits.
  • Explain the components of a typical PLC system and the functionality of each.
  • Distinguish between input and output signals and analog and discrete signals.
  • Interpret, create, construct, and troubleshoot PLC ladder logic diagrams and circuits using basic functions, timers, counters, and math functions.
  • Create HMI screens that function as part of a PLC program.
  • Explain basic steps for troubleshooting PLC systems.

Participants would include:

Engineering and maintenance personnel, technicians, and others who need an introduction to or a refresher of PLCs and PLC programming.



Registration is closed for this event.

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