Sep 03

Beginner to Intermediate PLC

Training Hours: 56

Days & Dates: Saturdays
October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18

Time: 7:30am – 3:30pm

Trainer: Vincent Zurowski

Location: InTech Center

To enroll in this training, email Jackie Rivera | call: (909) 654-8489 or fill out the online form below.

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This training will introduce the fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) operations, including symbology and programming techniques. PLC hardware and data structures will be presented. Methods of using the programming interface to troubleshoot applications will be emphasized. The student will write, enter, and execute application programs using the programmable controllers. The use of the Robotics Lab equipment will give the student practical programming and troubleshooting skills used in the maintenance of automated systems.

Topics Covered:

  • PLC Overview
    – PLC Components
    – Power Supply
    – CPU
    – Input Modules
    – Output Modules
    – Programming Interface
  • Different PLC Types
    – Integral (Brick)
    = Modular, Module Sophistication
  • Relay Logic Replacer
  • Optical Isolation
    – Input & Output Isolation
  • Binary, Bits, Bytes, and Words
  • Open a RSLogix 500 Project/Review Structure
  • Data Files/Data Types
  • Ladder logic and Basic Instructions
    – XIC, XIO, OTE
  • RSLinx Software, Configure Driver, Device Manager
  • Go Online/Upload/Download
  • PLC Scan
  • Wiring a Micrologix Processor
  • Basic Micrologix Processor

Students will be able to:

  • Describe the typical components of a Program Logic Controller
  • Configure RSLinx for communication
  • Wire a Micrologix Processor
  • Perform basic Micrologix troubleshooting


  • Open an RSLogix 500 project file
  • Review Program Files (sub routines)
  • Review ladder logic, reading condition instruction states and control instruction status
  • Explain a plc address, its value, an instruction, a comment/description and their relationship to each other
  • Understand binary number system, translate binary to decimal and vice versa
  • Use device manager to determine which port is assigned to a connected cable
  • Use RSLinx to view/configure serial (DF1) device communication cables
  • Establish connection with plc using RSLinx
  • Going Online with a RSLogix 500 project and plc
  • Watching the ladder logic instructions change state while online with a running plc
  • Review Data Tables and Data Types
  •  Review searching for address task
  • Review plc address, comment, instruction
  • Discuss timer instruction and components
  • Add a timer instruction to the ladder logic
  • Discuss a timer instruction and components
  • Add a timer instruction to the ladder logic
  • Download project to the plc
  • Review plc modes of operation
  • Upload a plc project
  • Discuss comments/descriptions are not saved in the plc (legacy models)
  • Add new program file(s) (subroutines)

Recommended prior knowledge:

  • Fundamental understanding of/experience with mechanical and electrical maintenance concepts.

Workshop Length

This training is presented by Vincent Zurowski and will be taught in-person and will include a hands-on learning experience. The training is 56 hours in length, presented in seven 8-hour live, in-person sessions.

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