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PLCs, VFDs and Industrial Control ELEX 3430

Electrical and Computer Engineering Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

The focus of this course is programming, configuring and troubleshooting programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to control industrial systems. The course builds on logic, math and circuit analysis skills from previous courses and provides the background to design, program and troubleshoot many practical industrial control applications. Topics covered are: PLC architecture; discrete and analog inputs and outputs; timers and counters; feedback control; proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control; remote I/O configuration; state and sequential programming; human machine interfaces; troubleshooting; and alarm management.

Prerequisite(s)

Credits

5.0

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the architecture and scan sequence of typical industrial PLCs.
  • Design hardware for a PLC control system.
  • Design a PLC program to control an industrial application.
  • Document PLC control system design using industry standards.
  • Analyze feedback control elements and systems.
  • Design feedback control loops.
  • Tune a PID control loop using industry standard tuning techniques.
  • Develop human machine interfaces (HMIs) for different applications.
  • Apply troubleshooting techniques used in industry on PLC based systems.
  • Describe alarms and alarm management in an automated system.
  • Implement PLC applications such as motor control systems, dynamic and regenerative braking.
  • Configure communication systems to connect PLCs to other devices.
  • Define PLC, DCS and SCADA systems.

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

PLCs, VFDs and Industrial Control (ELEX 3430) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Energy

  1. Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (Electrical Power and Industrial Control Option)
    Diploma Full-time
  2. Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (Telecommunications and Networks Option)
    Diploma Full-time

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