Programmable Logic Controllers - Introduction

Course Points
Certificate of Attendance
Course Duration
8 weeks
Course Places
14 Places
Course Start Date
Tuesday 29th September 2020 at 6.30pm

Course Summary

This 8 week course is designed around industrial maintenance personnel, to help them diagnose and repair faults in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) controlled production equipment.

Important notice about this course


Modern process and manufacturing industries are highly automated and programmable logic controllers are widely used in the control of process parameters to ensure products of a very high quality can be produced safely and efficiently. This course aims to provide the learner with a broad knowledge of automation systems, programming approaches and industrial control applications. See course content for topics included.

Students will cover the following topics:

  • PLC description and specification
  • Installation and wiring
  • Input and output circuit connections
  • Basic sequence instructions
  • Ladder logic diagrams
  • Timers
  • Counters and shift registers
  • Documentation
  • Connecting a PLC to a personal computer
  • Annotation, programme transfers and saving
  • Printing a copy of your programme

One class of two and a half hours per week for 8 weeks.

There are no formal entry requirements but electrical experience and basic computing skills will be necessary.

This course is designed for people in employment (or seeking employment) in the manufacturing or services sector who wish to understand PLC controlled systems and develop their skills to fault find on industrial production equipment.

The course is designed to give personnel the ability to diagnose industrial faults and to carry out repairs/replacement safely. The learner will typically have some mechanical or electrical skills or have relevant industrial experience. In essence, knowledge of PLC control is essential for anyone working with automated systems, whether in the production, the environmental or service sectors.

For specific Course Content enquiries please contact Nigel Clinton (Lecturer, School of Engineering, DkIT)
Phone: +353 42 9370200

For General Admissions queries please contact the Lifelong Learning Centre
Phone: 042-9370290

Course ID E01
Duration 8 weeks
Credits Certificate of Attendance
Places 14
School School of Engineering
Department Built Environment
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees €295.00
Starting Date Tuesday 29th September 2020 at 6.30pm
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