Hands On Training for the real worldThis course is for users working with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) in general who require familiarity with the basic concepts of PLCs and the unique language they use, Ladder Logic. This course is a must for anyone interested in moving to automation in the production, assembly, or testing of manufactured goods. The introduction of Ladder Logic is designed as an entry level program taking users into the world of PLCs, which are evident in most manufacturing environments today. This course is designed as a primer for advanced levels of interfacing with PLCs and their programming.

The course is intended for technicians, electricians, mechanics, maintainers, engineers, and anyone starting to work with programmable logic controllers. Students should have a basic understanding of electro-mechanical control devices and electrical circuits. Basic electrical knowledge, including the ability to read schematics is desirable. A familiarity with basic computer structure and operation is helpful.


Each lesson in the PLC Program has been designed for use with groups of 2 to 20 trainees. Objectives are clearly stated at the beginning of each lesson in terms of performance. New concepts are graphically presented and immediately applied in a variety of work-related situations. Software, hardware, work sheets, and training models are combined in the exercise portion of the lesson for maximum effectiveness.

Although practice is stressed above "reading,” each trainee receives a set of Fact Sheets with every lesson as well as basic course supplies. When the program is completed each trainee retains a set of permanent reference materials that are designed to measure trainee ability to select and apply appropriate concepts in typical work situations. While not every shop application can be anticipated, each instructor is encouraged to adapt the lessons as he sees fit to suit specific company applications.

Since all trainees do not progress at the same rate of speed, supplementary materials are provided both for instructional use and for the trainees to work with between classes.

Course Training Overview

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  • Ladder Logic Overview
  • Mind-Mapping, Flow Charting, Conventional Electrical Control Symbols, Discrete Inputs, Discrete Outputs.
  • Numbering Systems Structure and Uses
  • Ladder Language Basic Symbols
  • Ladder Logic Processing
  • Program Functions
  • Program Examples

Scheduling Classes

Each of the seven (7) units of this Basic Ladder Logic Training Program is approximately two to three (2-3) hours. In most cases, the lessons consist of a 90-minute learning period interrupted by a 10-minute "break" followed by a 20-minute test period. It will take a total of about twenty (20) hours to complete this program.

Ideally, the program is presented for three-and-one-half to four consecutive full days. If scheduling such a large block of time is not possible, the program can easily be broken down into convenient two hour lessons spread out over twelve to fifteen days.