Programmable Logic Controllers (Certificate)


This certificate program is designed to allow the student to gain extensive knowledge about programming and troubleshooting Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) in an industrial environment. PLCs are widely used to control industrial machinery, digital displays and circuitry, and sensors. Once they are linked together, they can share resources and information. Writing, documenting, storing, printing, editing and debugging ladder logic programs are essential to the operation of factories, steel plants and other manufacturing facilities. Technicians who can utilize advanced PLC programming techniques and instructions are in demand as industry updates the control process.

Upon successful completion of the certificate in programmable logic controllers, the graduate will be able to:

  • Explain the basic components of DC and AC machines and their operations.
  • Use Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) to control motors, sensors, displays and other devices and circuits.
  • Describe the hardware and software requirements for linking programmable logic controllers through data highway.
  • Use advanced programming techniques and applies shift register and sequence, as well as PID instructions to activate a variety of outputs.


Students who successfully complete the Programmable Logic Controller Certificate may seek an associate degree with additional coursework; subject to each program and/or major’s requirements.

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