Jul 17, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Programmable Controller, Certificate


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A Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Certificate prepares the individual to install, maintain and troubleshoot industrial grade PLC systems. Technicians will work closely with maintenance supervisors and electrical engineers. Extensive self study (reading, research and practice) may be required on the job to improve and maintain technical proficiency of new and improved electrical control devices.

Typically, technicians work on assignments and tasks with minimum supervision and guidance, often requiring the technician to interface and pass down information between cross function personnel of incoming and outgoing shifts. It is expected by employers that technicians demonstrate excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program may find employment as entry-level control technicians, electrical technicians or as service technicians working under the direction of the maintenance or engineering department. Some of the typical duties of these technicians will include: troubleshooting and programming of PLC control systems; variable frequency drives; 480 volt 3 phase motor wiring; reading blueprints and electrical schematics; installing conduit and wiring; testing wiring connections; working closely with electrical engineers and/ or general contractors.

Program Learning Outcomes

Learners will be able to:

  1. Illustrate knowledge of electrical symbols and abbreviations through knowledge and hands on assignments.
  2. Demonstrate basic knowledge of operating systems, networking, and computer hardware through various assessment instruments.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in design concepts, orthographic projection, dimensioning practices, and blueprint reading through knowledge and hands on based assessments.
  4. Illustrate basic ladder logic programming, addressing, editing, and troubleshooting by applying concepts to PLC design and demonstration projects.

First Semester / 1st 8 weeks


Total Credits: 8


First Semester / 2nd 8 weeks


Total Credits: 9


Total Credits: 6


Second Semester / 2nd 8 weeks


Total Credits: 9


Total Program Hours 32


* See Northwest State General Education Requirements  for a list of Communications Electives.

^ Prior to taking IND 110 , students should have basic computer literacy in Windows and at least one Windows application.

+ Students must attain a minimum grade of “C” in all courses with a ‘+’ to progress in the program and to graduate.

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