Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)

in Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)


8 weeks x 3 hours per week (6pm-9pm)


Free if aged 19 or over and live in the West Midlands Combined Authority area.

Delivery Location

IoT Dudley

Delivery Partners
Dudley College

Delivery Model
  • Evenings
Entry Requirements

A basic understanding of Automation/PLCs is desirable.

Occupational Profile

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
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