PLC Technician Program

The PLC Technician Certificate Program provides a basic introduction to PLCs and focuses on the practical applications of using them in a plant or manufacturing system. This program is designed for students with little or no PLC experience and who require a safe and quick start in the fundamentals of PLC programming.



This program includes PLCLogix 500, our lab simulator that emulates the Rockwell Logix 500 series PLC control software. This simulation software enables you to design, run, test, and debug ladder logic programs and simulate the operation of real-world PLC applications.

“I really enjoyed the fact I could grab my laptop and jump on the program when I had a few spare minutes. Working as I do makes it difficult to devote a large block of time to studies.” -Scott Foltz, PLC Graduate

PLC Technician Certificate covers the following material:

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1. Overview of PLCs
2. Central Processing Unit
3. I/O System
4. Programming Terminals and Peripherals
5. Installation and Maintenance of PLCs
6. Relay Logic
7. Ladder Logic
8. Timers
9. Counters
10. MCR, JUMP, and FORCE Instructions
11. Sequencers
12. Data Transfer
13. Math Functions
14. Process Control
15. Data Communications
16. Number Systems and Codes
17. Digital Logic
18. RTUs & PACs
19. Introduction to Automation

Each of the 19 modules includes learning objectives, practical applications, technical tips, interactive labs, review questions and online final exams.

PLC Technician Flexible Education

The flexible computer-based modules are designed to fit into your schedule, so you can work at your own pace to complete the program. Students interested in registering for the program can register at any time. Open enrolment allows you the flexibility to complete modules at your own schedule. Typical program completion time is 32 weeks of part time study; however, students with prior training, experience, education or more time allocated to the program may complete it in less time. More than 20 percent of students enrolled in our programs are women, compared with only 2 percent in our traditional classroom-based technology training program. Non-traditional learners are very welcome in the program.