On-Site Training | Program Summary | List of Seminar Topics – North America | Programmable Logic Controllers: How They Work and How to Make Them Work for You

Course Number: SEM-IC-3011

Length of Course: 3 hours – Several topics can be combined to provide up to an 8 hour seminar session

Seminar Location: This seminar is available for on-site training

In Programmable Logic Controllers: How They Work and How to Make Them Work for You, you’ll learn …


  • The working parts of a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and how they interact
  • Different types and functions of input/output (I/O) devices
  • PLC circuit wiring basics
  • How to program a PLC simulator to perform basic functions


Since their invention in 1968, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) have become ubiquitous in industry throughout the world. For example, car manufacturers use PLCs to control machinery on factory assembly lines and oil platforms use PLCs to control complicated oil and gas separation processes. In this interactive seminar, you will learn the basics of how PLCs work and how to program them. You will also learn how you can use low-cost simulators to further hone your PLC programming skills in your own office.

With several practical examples and simulations, this session presents an excellent overview of PLCs for electrical, mechanical, process, and control systems engineers who work with automation of industrial processes. No prior knowledge of PLCs or control systems is required to benefit from this seminar.

Take away and learning objectives

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • The origins of PLCs
  • The five components of a PLC system and how they are interconnected
  • What input/output (I/O) devices and modules are and what they do
  • How the processor works as a small, 16-bit special purpose computer
  • How to use addressing to keep track of inputs and outputs
  • PLC circuit wiring basics
  • A new three-word language
  • How to program a PLC simulator to perform some simple control functions

Speak to a Representative to Schedule a Seminar

For more information contact:

Ken Hudspeth, General Manager
Phone 1-877-PDHengineer (1-877-734-3644)
Email: ken.hudspeth@PDHengineer.com