• Program: Fluid Power Engineering Technology
  • Course: Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Course #: FLPW2000
  • Total Credits: 3

Course Description

This is an introduction to the world of programmable logic controllers. The student will learn the basics of how to program and set up a PLC. The student will also learn the different addressing and programming styles and be challenged to write a program for a simple machine. Various PLCs will be discussed. Persons involved with fluid power, automated machinery, electronics, machine design and modifications should consider this course.

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Describe ladder logic.
Determine programming techniques.
Compare PLC/mechanical relays.
Describe input signals.
Describe output signals.
Describe programmable logic controller usage.
Describe scan.
Describe current flow.
Describe memory.
Describe central processing unit.
Describe addressing/numbering systems used.
Compare hardware to PLC wiring.
Compare various PLC’s.
Program clear memory instruction.
Program store/load instructions.
Program out/write instructions.
Program series circuits (and)
Program parallel circuits (or)
Program series/parallel circuits (and store or store/and load or load) circuits.
Program sealing/retentive/special logic functions.
Program timer circuits/counters circuits/high speed counter.
Program sequencer circuits/drum timers.
Program master control start/reset/interlock.
Program shift registers.
Configure PLC hardware.
Determine slot addressing.
Determine I/O point address.
Identify chassis.
Identify power supply.
Identify CPU/placement.
Identify I/O modules.
Compare PLC/computer usage.
Enter developed programs.
Test programming sequence.
Run programs.
Interpret error codes.
Edit program (insert/delete/search and replace).
Interface PLC to motor starter/control circuitry.
Wire and run various circuits.
Program D&A and A&D.
Run computer software and interface to PLC.

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 2
  • Lab: 1
  • MnTC Goal: 0
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park/Eden Prairie

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