Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
8 weeks x 3 hours per week (6pm-9pm)
Fully funded for anyone who lives in the West Midlands Combined Authority.
A basic understanding of Automation/PLCs is desirable.
This course is targeted at adults working in the engineering & manufacturing sectors.
This course is designed to support individuals who are in work by offering them a range of core units, while allowing for the acquisition of some sector-specific skills and experiences through the specialist modules in each pathway.
Training and Development Summary
Learners can use this course to support progression in the workplace and/or degree level study.
Learners will gain an understanding in the following:
- PLCs: Types, inputs and outputs, configuration, languages, scan cycles.
- Connecting a PLC and associated input/output devices
- Ladder Logic programming using a PLC simulator
- Siemens PLCs and TIA Portal programming software. Set-up, connection, configuration of Siemens S7-1200 PLCs
- Combinational logic using switches, lamps, solenoids, pistons
- PLC Timers and Counters
- Sequential logic
- MPS stations – from first principles to identifying the inputs and outputs on a pre-built PLC system
- Write PLC programs to operate a FESTO MPS conveyor/sorting system
Learners will leave with the work-based competences required by employers.
Professional Recognition and Career Progression
The progression routes from this course are:
- Entering employment
- Continuing existing employment (improving understanding and upskilling)
- Opportunity to progress to other units within this group of offerings such as the PLC Intermediate, Robotics and Pneumatics (Automation) courses.
- Progression to apprenticeships
- Higher Education