PLC Programming Introduction

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The second in our PLC programming course collection is designed for those who want to take PLC programming to the next level. Tasks include upload and download programs, develop PLC ladder programs, and use common program instructions.

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PLC Application

This course is designed for those who have completed the PLC Programming Taster course or have a basic understanding of PLCs and want to know more about how a PLC works. The course includes PLC inputs and outputs, PLC hardware and wiring, file upload and download, and writing PLC ladder programs from a specification. PLC instructions used include input, output, latch, timer, and counter. Each project uses a process description to develop a PLC ladder program solution. This is the same method used in industry to write PLC programs to a customer specification. Assessments are based upon the relevant performance and skills requirements described in the UEE Electrotechnology training package. Completion of this course will prepare you for the next course in the series PLC Programming Software.


  • 4 PLC Training Projects
  • 4 Training Videos
  • Online Learning and Study Resources
  • Online Knowledge and Skills Quizzes
  • Scheduled Online Q&A Sessions
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Hrs to Complete - 40

Learning Activities

  • Apply WHS/OHS practices
  • Download and install PLC software
  • PLC wiring systems
  • Types of PLC inputs and outputs, voltages and loads
  • Develop PLC programs from a specification
  • Edit and modify PLC ladder programs
  • Test and debug PLC programs
  • Use basic PLC instructions
    • Input, Output, Latch, Timer, Counter 


This course covers some of the outcomes described in the following national UEE Electrotechnology training package competencies:

  • UEECD0007 - Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
  • UEECD0051 - Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
  • UEECS0033 - Use engineering applications software on personal computers
  • UEEIC0013 - Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers

and skill set:

  •  UEESS00135 - Instrumentation - Programmable Control Systems Skill Set
More Information
Who Should Attend People with little or no experience working with PLC systems or programmable controllers and who wish to gain an understanding of PLCs.
Prerequisites For satisfactory completion of this course, you should be able to perform basic Microsoft Windows tasks.
Hours to Complete 40
Software Download Persons using this course are provided links to download and install software packages. The installed software is required to enable course resources and lessons. For more information refer to our Terms and Conditions.
Computer Hardware To use the courses effectively, your personal computer should meet the following minimum hardware requirements. Using a computer exceeding the recommended characteristics will improve performance.
Computer Requirements Processor: Pentium® 4 2.8GHz or equivalent minimum, Intel® Core™ i5 2.4 GHz or equivalent recommended, RAM: 2 GB minimum, 8 GB recommended, Hard disk space: 10 GB free, Pointing device: Any Windows®-compatible pointing device.
Operating System Operating systems: Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit) - requires .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 to be installed, recommended Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit) - requires .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 to be installed.
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