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 and relies more than ever on 'high-tech' equipment.
The graduate will be able to:
1. Apply fundamental laws of electricity to DC and AC circuits.
2. Explain the basic components of DC and AC machines and their operations.
3. Identify basic logic gates and their applications.
4. Use Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) to control motors, sensors, displays and other devices and circuits.
5. Identify the schematic symbols of control devices.
6. Make necessary changes to hardware and software as specified by others.
7. Describe the hardware and software requirements for linking programmable logic controllers through data highway.
8. Use advanced programming techniques and apply shift register and sequence, as well as PID instructions to activate a variety of outputs.
9. Categorize individual control devices based on their applications.
10. Follow prescribed safety procedures in all areas of laboratory.
11. Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with co-workers and other technical personnel.
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.
Eastern Gateway Community College's Student Success Plan/Assessment is available for view in PDF format.
This information is presented as a general program overview. Students are advised to follow the more detailed college catalog for program requirements.