Description

Cost: €1500 (max 6 people)

Date: January 2019

Duration: 150 Hours –  40 Classroom/5 Days & 110 Self-Directed

Location: Cork

Course Code: 6N5370 (QQI Level 6)

 

The Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) course is designed around industrial maintenance personnel, to help them diagnose and repair faults in PLC controlled production equipment. The PLC is a vital element in modern industry and this course provides a solid basis for maintenance personnel to progress in this area.

This 5-day course is a QQI (formerly FETAC) Level 6 award, which will equip you with the knowledge & skills to understand and maintain PLC controlled industrial production equipment. Our training is carried out on Allen Bradley Training Rigs.

You will also gain a clear understanding of the fundamental microprocessor based control principles, laws and concepts relevant to PLC controlled systems.

Whether you are already have PLC based skills & knowledge, this course will be beneficial for you.

We recommend this course for anyone who has a need to work with PLC controlled systems as part of their work. This course is designed to give maintenance personnel the ability to diagnose industrial faults and to carry out repairs/replacement safely. PLCs are a necessary requisite for those seeking to work in the manufacturing, environmental or services sector.

 

Fast facts about this course…

  • This is an interactive course that is carried out over 5 days of 5 consecutive weeks.
  • No previous Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) experience or training is required but Learners should have a basic knowledge of industrial electrical systems. The course is designed for industrial maintenance personnel to help them diagnose and repair faults in PLC controlled production equipment.
  • Class sizes limited to six. Smaller class sizes mean that you have ample opportunity for questions and feedback.
  • You must complete 110 hours of self-directed learning and assessment work in the 5 weeks of your course.
  • Self-directed learning consists of tutorials & home assignments.
  • Course consists of both theory and practical elements.

 

Programme objective

The objective of the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) programme is to equip learners with the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully carry out basic service and maintenance of PLC controlled Industrial Systems in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

 

Course benefits

When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental concepts relevant to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).
  • Describe the operation of Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) system components.
  • Describe the   standardised (IEC 6-1131) programming languages.
  • Write a PLC program in Ladder Logic.
  • Write a PLC program in Function Block Diagram.
  • Design, Implement and test Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) programs.
  • Switch between Ladder Logic and Instruction List (IL).
  • Write a PLC program in Sequential Function Chart (SFC).
  • Produce the relevant documentation required to support best practice program development techniques.
  • Describe the range of sensors and actuators controlled by the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) 9 Differentiate between NPN & PNP configurations.
  • Describe the hazards associated with automated systems (including Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) based.
  • Outline relevant safety and health legislation, regulations and codes relevant to work practice.
  •  Locate and diagnose faults in Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) controlled equipment and systems.
  • Interpret schematic diagrams related to Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) controlled equipment and systems.
  • Describe best practice in the installation of Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) systems.
  • Store, Upload and Download programs to the PLC.
  • Describe common Graphic User Interfaces as used in Programmable Controller systems.
  • Describe the process of “mapping” software objects to PLC addresses.
  • Describe the range of communication networks currently in use.

 

About this award

What is QQI?

QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is responsible for the development and review of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

QQI was established to combine the standalone agencies of FETAC, HETAC and NQAI. This means that awards previously offered as FETAC Level 6 have been revised, redesigned and are now QQI Level 6 awards. ESS partner with Enviro Safety Consultancy who are registered to offer programmes leading to QQI awards under the NFQ.

 

QQI Certification

The Assessment periods are January, May, August and November. QQI  issue certificates within approx. 3-4 months of each assessment period.

 

How will this course benefit my career?

This course is designed for a person in employment (or seeking employment) in the manufacturing or services sector who seeks to understand PLC controlled systems and develop their skills to fault find on industrial production equipment. The course is designed to give personnel the ability to diagnose industrial faults and to carry out repairs/replacement safely. The learner will typically have some mechanical or electrical skills or have relevant industrial experience. In essence, knowledge of PLC control is essential for anyone working with automated systems, whether in the production, the environmental or service sectors.

 

How is this course delivered?

  • This course is carried out over 5 days of 5 consecutive weeks.
  • Class sizes limited to 6 which allow ample opportunity for questions and feedback.
  • Our trainers are professionals with extensive experience in industry.
  • You must complete 110 hours of self-directed learning and assessment work in the 5 weeks of your course.
  • This course requires learners to complete self-directed learning which consists of tutorials & home assignments.
  • Tutor is contactable by email during the course.
  • There are theory and practical examinations and a project:
  • Theory Examinations, three 30 minute exams (40%)
  • Practical Examination (40%)
  • Project (20%)
  • Self-directed learning consists of tutorials & home assignments and are marked on Pass/Fail basis.

 

What is covered on this course?

Learners who successfully complete this Programmable Logic Controllers Course will:

  • Gain a working knowledge and understanding of Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)  Principles such as: The Microprocessor, Inputs and Outputs, The Fetch – Execute Cycle Scan Time.
  • Understand the interaction between Inputs, Outputs and the running program.
  • Understand how programs are stored and downloaded to the PLC.
  • Be capable of interpreting schematic diagrams related to Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) controlled systems.
  • Understand the characteristics of the standard Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) programming languages.
  • Be familiar with program design, implementation and testing techniques.
  • Be familiar with digital and analogue systems.
  • List the range of sensors and actuators which may be interfaced to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).
  • Be aware of the Input / Output (I/O) List and its usefulness in program design and fault-finding.
  • Understand the function, construction, principle of operation and application of Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) systems operation and safety controls.
  • Acquire the theoretical knowledge to be able to locate and diagnose faults in Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) controlled equipment and systems.
  • Be capable of maintaining the efficient operation of equipment and systems controlled by Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).
  • Be aware of the installation issues involved in PLC controlled systems.
  • Understand the Health and Safety Laws.
  • Be familiar with the implications of the Health and Safety Laws for the users of Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) controlled systems and equipment.
  • Be capable of selecting an appropriate Graphic User Interface for a control application.
  • Be capable of differentiating between the various PLC networks.

 

For further information please email training@essltd.ie or call (061) 326921

 

This course is also available as an on-site customised course