Industrial Controls: Programmable Logic Controller

The Industrial Controls: Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Certificate of Achievement is a course of study designed to quickly train new learners or incumbent electrical mechanics in the skills necessary to troubleshoot and program the PLCs used in batch and/or discrete automation. The PLC is a real time computer running a specialized Operating System which is programmed using relay ladder logic language. PLCs are used to control high-speed factory automation equipment and manufacturing processes, electrical switchgear, industrial robots, motors, pumps and valves. The PLC certificate includes courses that will investigate both discrete and analog sensors, pneumatics directional control valves, AC and DC motors, and single-phase and three-phase power. The PLC used will be the Allen Bradley SLC 500 processor running RSLogix software. No special skills are required, however prior industrial electrical experience will prove beneficial to the student.   Apply & Register Program Details

The Industrial Controls: Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Certificate of Achievement is a course of study designed to quickly train new learners or incumbent electrical mechanics in the skills necessary to troubleshoot and program the PLCs used in batch and/or discrete automation. The PLC is a real time computer running a specialized Operating System which is programmed using relay ladder logic language. PLCs are used to control high-speed factory automation equipment and manufacturing processes, electrical switchgear, industrial robots, motors, pumps and valves.

The PLC certificate includes courses that will investigate both discrete and analog sensors, pneumatics directional control valves, AC and DC motors, and single-phase and three-phase power. The PLC used will be the Allen Bradley SLC 500 processor running RSLogix software. No special skills are required, however prior industrial electrical experience will prove beneficial to the student.

 


Code Course Credits
First Year / First Semester
CIM-211 PLC Programming 4
    4
Second Semester
CIM-212 Advanced PLC Programming 3
CIM-231 Motors, Controllers & Sensors 3
    6
  Total Minimum Credits 10
THIS PROGRAM IS NOT APPROVED FOR FINANCIAL AID

Program Goals

  • To provide program completers with the skills necessary to obtain immediate employment in an automated manufacturing enterprise.
  • To provide Engineering practitioners who possess little or no prior PLC Programming experience with a solid foundation in PLC principles.
  • To prepare incubent industrial mechanics with a solid foundation in PLC Programming so that they may seek a career advancement in an automation enterprise.
  • To acquaint Engineering Managers with the PLC Programming knowledge that will enable them to make sound employee management and product/process production decisions in an automation manufacturing environment.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Specify, populate, and install a Programmable Logic Controller and its input and output modules.
  2. Develop and troubleshoot Relay Ladder Logic (RLL) program code for Allen-Bradley (AB) SLC processors which use discrete and analog I/O modules to monitor, control, and record the states of common digital devices found in typical industrial and manufacturing environments.
  3. Identify, work with, and explain the operating principles of those inductive elements found in typical industrial settings including AC, DC, stepping, and universal motors; electromechanical and solid state relays; solenoids; and transformers.
  4. Read and interpret single phase and three phase motor name plates and wiring diagrams and ISO 1219 pneumatic symbols.
  5. Describe and discuss the differences and similarities between capacitive, inductive, and photoelectric proximity detectors.

Employment Opportunities

Computer Integrated Manufacturing Engineering Technology (CIMET) graduates who specialized in PLC programming are currently employed in the process, packaging, labeling, food & beverage, pharmaceutical, waste water, systems integration, power generation, cosmetics, metal extrusion, compact disc pressing, and chemical industries functioning as:

  • PLC programmer
  • Jr. PLC programmer
  • System designer
  • Manufacturing technician
  • Electrical mechanic
  • Process controls technician
  • Manufacturing support technician
  • Systems integrator

Contact Persons

Dr. Melvin L. Roberts, Coordinator
(856) 227-7200, ext. 4942
email: mroberts@camdencc.edu

Kevin Schmidt
(856) 227-7200, ext. 4517
email: kschmidt@camdencc.edu

Additional information

CIP Code

15.0699

Program Code

PLC.CA