PLC Programming Software

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The third in our PLC programming course collection is designed for people who have an understanding of PLC ladder programming and want to know how configure PLC software, PLC emulators, PLC hardware, communication drivers, and PLC parameters.

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PLC Application

This course is designed for those who have completed the PLC Programming Introduction course or understand PLCs and want to learn about PLC software and PLC hardware, and the communications between PLC software and hardware.   The course includes configuring PLC programming software, PLC emulator parameters, and communication drivers to connect virtually to a PLC and monitor the status.  Writing, testing, and debugging PLC ladder programs from a specification to check and test the configuration. PLC instructions used include bit, off delay, down counter, shift, integer. 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 Essentials.


  • 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
  • Learn how computers and PLC software works
  • Configure PLC software
  • Configure PLC hardware
  • Configure software drivers to communicate between a PLC and a computer
  • Use PLC software to communicate with a virtual PLC
  • Create, test and debug PLC ladder programs
  • Edit and modify PLC programs
  • Use PLC instructions
    • Bit, Off Delay Timer, Down Counter, Shift, Integer


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 interested in PLC programming software who want to configure the PLC software and PLC, the PLC emulator, the various device parameters, and the PLC communication drivers.
Prerequisites To successfully complete this course, you should have completed our PLC Programming Introduction course or equivalent and have a knowledge of common Microsoft Windows tasks including file management.
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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