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MEC 108 - Programmable Logic Controllers 1

Credits: 3
3 Skills Lab Hours

This course provides a series of hands-on exercises performed in the lab as an introduction to programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Topics include connecting inputs and outputs to the PLC, writing, downloading and debugging ladder logic programs and troubleshooting existing PLC circuits and programs.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify the components in a PLC system.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to load and operate a ladder logic program.
  3. Interpret a ladder logic diagram to predict outcomes.
  4. Explain the various applications of PLCs in manufacturing.
  5. Evaluate and troubleshoot PLC programs.
  6. Build a ladder logic program to control a manufacturing process.
Listed Topics
  1. Safety
  2. Processors
  3. Inputs/outputs
  4. Ladder logic
  5. Timers
  6. Counters
  7. Sensors
  8. Troubleshooting
Reference Materials
Instructor-approved textbook and materials.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Information Literacy
  • Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning
  • Technological Competency
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 04/21/2016

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