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Introduction to PLC

Short Course
Introduction to PLC

Course date: To be announced
Application deadline: To be announced

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A programmable logic controller or PLC is used for the purpose of controlling devices in an automated system. PLC receives signals from input devices and generates signals to output devices based on the program stored in the PLC memory. The ability to program a PLC is extremely useful for engineers or technicians especially those who are responsible for operating and maintaining an automated systems. This course introduces the participants to basic PLC programming. Participants will learn the principles of PLC and they will practice creating simple projects that use PLC for control purposes.

Target Group
This course is suitable for individuals who want to learn the fundamentals of PLC. The main purpose of this course is to give the participants a basic understanding of PLC including its principles, components and programming.

This course is an introductory course, therefore prior knowledge of PLC is not required to enroll in this course.

Upon completion of the course, the participants should be able to:
a) Explain the basic principles of a PLC
b) Assemble simple system setup with PLC, input devices and output devices.
c) Create ladder diagram.
d) Troubleshoot problems in physical circuit using ladder diagram.

1. Introduction
a. History & background
b. Principles of operation
c. Commonly used PLC systems
d. Key points to know when using PLC
2. PLC Components
a. Controllers
b. Hardware
c. Internal architecture
3. Input & Output Devices
a. Input devices
b. Output devices
c. Examples
4. Programming
a. Ladder diagrams
b. Logic functions
c. Latching
d. Multiple outputs
e. Function blocks
5. Using timers and counters
6. Circuit wiring & simulation for simple programs
7. Troubleshooting

Training Method
Training will be delivered through a combination between theoretical talk, demonstration and practical lessons. A significant amount of time will be used by the participants to experiment with creating programs for PLC application

Day 1
08:30 a.m. Registration
09:00 a.m. Introduction
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Input & output devices. Key point to know when using PLC.
01:00 p.m. Lunch
02:15 p.m. Programming of PLC using console.
05:00 p.m. End of day 1.

Day 2
08:30 a.m. Practice using PLC and device wiring
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Create, carry out a simulation and wiring of basic program
01:00 p.m. Lunch
02:15 p.m. Troubleshooting
04:00 p.m. Simple test. Q&A session
05:00 p.m. Closing ceremony

The fee for this course is RM 600 per participant. Companies sending their employees to this course may apply for reimbursement from Human Resource Development Fund under the SBL scheme.

Currently, this course is offered for FREE under 1Malaysia Training Programme.

Application Deadline
The application deadline for this course is 7 days before the commencement of the course. Please refer to Short Course Schedule for actual date

Course Instructor
The instructor for this course is Mr Khuzairi Mazelan. He currently teaches the Industrial Mechanics Program at ILP Jitra. Mr Khuzairi has 10 years of experience in the field of automation.Prior to joining ILP Jitra in 2004, Mr Khuzairi worked at the Muar Industrial Training Institute for 3 years. Mr Khuzairi has formal education in the field of industrial automation. He received a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Industrial Automation & Robotics from University of Wales College Newport in 2001. In addition, he also has a Level 3 National Skill Certificate for Industrial Technician. At ILP Jitra, Mr Khuzairi specializes in industrial automation technology including pneumatics, hydraulics and programmable controller. He can be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Person
To obtain more information regarding this course, please contact Mr Nujaidi (04-9161926 ext 113 or 017-9077442) or call Mr Norqadri (04-9161926 ext 124 or 012-6227585). You can also send enquiries by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .