Perform PLC operations with a programming guide

Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)

In Basildon

£ 550 + VAT


  • Typology

    Short course

  • Level


  • Location


  • Class hours


  • Duration

    3 Days

  • Start

    Different dates available


This 3-day course offers a general cross-platform introduction to PLC technology and provides a basic awareness and overview of the PLC structure, how it operates and how to perform basic programming tasks.
It is aimed at maintenance technicians in industries such as manufacturing, transportation or infrastructure technology. It is also a useful top-up course for students on HNC and BTEC courses in Engineering or Computer Studies.
The course covers the techniques used to produce a ladder logic programme. This is a universal method which can be applied to any sequential application and using any PLC on the market.




Basildon (Essex)
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Crompton Close, SS14 3AY


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Some basic knowledge about IT and Engineering.

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  • Logic
  • Programming
  • Technology
  • Simulation
  • PLC (Programmable Logic Controller)
  • Programming skills
  • Systems integration
  • SGC
  • Pneumatics
  • Programme testing

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Course programme

Amongst other things the course covers:


  • Types of PLC and PLC applications
  • Types of inputs and outputs

  • Types of sensors and actuators

  • Pneumatic and hydraulic applications and systems

  • How to wire / install a PLC device


  • Sequential Function Chart (SGC) and GRAFCET
  • Ladder logic

  • Timers

  • Counters

  • Instruction set

  • Simulation software

Practical Exercises:

  • Perform PLC with the help of the programming guide
  • Design a traffic light simulation and sequence

  • Demonstration and practice on pneumatic rigs

  • Pneumatic cylinder sequence

  • Programme testing and debugging

Programming will start with creating a plan called Sequential Function Chart (SFC or Grafcet). Using this chart in combination with a particular method produces a so-called ladder logic that can then be used for simulation and testing on the rigs. This method can be applied to any PLC, and there will be access to three different types of PLC, depending on the delegate needs: The popular SIEMENS S7-1200, the robust OMRON CP1L or the new user friendly AB Micro 820.

Delegates will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge using PLC, pneumatic and hydraulic rigs in the PROCAT Automation Workshop. Each delegate can chose the PLC that best fits their work environment to test their programmes with modular pneumatic SMC rigs.

Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)

£ 550 + VAT