Automation Technology

This 2-year customized program in specialized automation training will focus on Programmable Logic Controllers, industrial devices, and sensors used to control manufacturing processes and equipment. The Black River Automation Technology program will enable electrical maintenance, PLC technicians, and systems engineers to better understand and utilize their PLC technology, which will help them minimize downtime and reduce waste.

Overview

In this increasingly competitive marketplace, companies must improve production output and reduce downtime to remain competitive. This specialized automation training will focus on Programmable Logic Controllers, industrial devices, and sensors used to control manufacturing processes and equipment. The Black River Automation Technology program will enable electrical maintenance, PLC technicians, and systems engineers to better understand and utilize their PLC technology, which will help them minimize downtime and reduce waste. Black River developed this program in response to needs expressed by area industries for in-depth, formal automation technology training to help present employees program devices to full potential.

The two year program will be customized to offer the student with a certificate of competency from Black River Technical College. The semesters will be 15 weeks in length. Both Allen Bradley and Black River training materials will be incorporated.

Who Should Attend

Personnel involved with the maintenance and troubleshooting of automated systems controlled by a PLC such as electrical maintenance, PLC technicians, and systems engineers.

Duration

This program lasts 2 years.

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First Year

  • Work safely and competently with PLCs
  • Be able to connect a laptop to the PLC and monitor
  • Perform PLC maintenance procedures
  • Troubleshoot common PLC and field faults
  • Understand and follow more complex program code
  • Use more powerful program monitor and display tools
  • Be able to use enhanced diagnostic tools to quickly identify and resolve abnormal system operation
  • Communications and Networking

Second Year

Use PLCs in conjunction with:

  • Work safely and competently with motors and drives
  • Precision Control & Troubleshooting of stepper motors and drives including torque, speed, position, and interfacing servo drives
  • Understand and control servo systems including torque, position, velocity, and speed.
  • Interface servos: understand feedback, wiring, and troubleshooting
  • Understand Hydraulics and Pneumatics: symbols and schematic reading, pressure and flow of gases and liquids, control circuits
  • Understand Temperature Control: measurement, PID control, thermocouplers and RTDs, discrete temp, tuning temp loops

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Semester 1: 90 Hours

Topics Hours
Voltage, Current, Resistance 9 Hrs
OHM's Law 12 Hrs
Series & Parallel Circuits 12 Hrs
Transformers 12 Hrs
Introduction to Electrical/Electronic Components 9 Hrs
Development of Wiring Diagrams 9 Hrs
Numbering Systems & Codes 9 Hrs
Introduction to PLC Hardware Components 6 Hrs
Fundamentals of PLC Logic 12 Hrs

Semester 2:  90 Hours

Topics Hours
Introduction to PLC Function Library 12 Hrs
Developing Ladder Logic Diagrams 9 Hrs
PLC to Computer Interface 9 Hrs
Introduction to Discrete Devices, Timers & Counters 6 Hrs
Development of PLC Programming 36 Hrs
PLC Installations, Editing & Troubleshooting 6 Hrs
Introduction to Temperature, Pressure and Flow Controls 12 Hrs

Semester 3:  90 Hours

Topics Hours
RS Logix5000 30 Hrs
Networking Ethernet 16 Hrs
Integrating Digital Drives with PLC Systems 30 Hrs
Introduction to Process Control Systems 14 Hrs

Semester 4:  90 Hours

Topics Hours
Introduction to Function Block Programming 24 Hrs
Advanced PLC Programming 30 Hrs
Structured Text Programming 16 Hrs
Hydraulics and Pneumatics 20 Hrs

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  • Member - $ 1,295
  • Non-Member - $1,695

[info]If you are a GCITC member company, please be aware that this registration commits your company to pay for the class whether your employees attend or not. After the class begins you will receive an invoice from GCITC.

For non-members, the online registration system does not accept credit card or paypal payments at this time, so please be sure to mail your check made payable to BRTC/GCITC within a few days after registration, as you will not be officially registered until we receive your payment for the class.[/info]

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