Basic Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC 1)


This introductory level course covers the development, installation and testing of programs for programmable controllers (PLC) for a system requiring discrete control functions. The course focuses on developing your skills to meet the minimum industry standard in automation control.

Although students with previous understanding in automation will benefit from their experience, there is no presumed understanding prior to taking this course. During this course, students are required to complete multiple projects that replicate common problem-based scenarios within industry.

This course is based on student work in and around the Siemens S7 1200 PLC platform, although the skills and knowledge explored is transferable to hardware found across the electrical industry.

Topics covered include:
- Principles of microprocessors for industrial control;
- Ladder logic interpretation and programming;
- Digital inputs to control digital outputs;
- Complex control systems incorporating counters, timers, registers and fault diagnosis;
- Design and configuration of input and outputs within set parameters.

This is an online self-paced course with approximately 60 hours of online study. You will have access to pre-recorded lectures and the course lecturer will be available for assistance throughout the duration of the course. All assessments must be completed before the end date of the course.

Please note that some on-campus attendance at TAFE SA Tonsley may be required.

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  • Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers (UEENEEI150A)

Short Course Delivery Locations Some short courses can provide accreditation for industry-specific registration, while others merely provide skills and knowledge in the subject area. Concession prices are available for some courses.


Dates to be advised

Class Times
Approximately 60 hours of online self-paced learning.
18 weeks x 3 hours



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