MEC3492 PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to high school and post-secondary level students.
MEC 3492 - Programmable Logic Controllers (3 hrs.)
The student will program a PLC interfacing it with three or more components in a system. Students will troubleshoot an automated system locating faults in programming and programming errors.
This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge regarding fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controllers used in manufacturing.
Upon completion of the course, students will learn the theory of operation and selection of common industrial control components. Students learn to design, program, and troubleshoot PLC systems. An introduction to closed loop control systems is included.
Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:
The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.
UNIT 1: COMPUTERS AND COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully understand basic programming concepts.
- Understand programming language commonly used in industry.
- Understand programming techniques commonly used in industry.
- List and describe interfacing principals for computers.
- Understand relay ladder logic including controllers, timers, and latch and unlatch relays.
- Understand digital logic interface.
- List and describe programming techniques as well as interfacing.
- Understand antilog I/O and digital logic.
UNIT 2: SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully understand common applications for PLCs.
- List and describe analysis techniques for systems.
- Understand common software codes.
- List and describe PLC’s available for use in industry.
- Understand user defined function blocks and local and global variables.
- Understand Bit addressing and Byte addressing.
UNIT 3: LAYOUT, WIRING, TROUBLESHOOTING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF PLC’S
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully understand how to set up PLCs.
- Wire and connect sensors, mechanical switches, and relays to a given PLC.
- Program PLC’s to perform tasks as predicted.
- Troubleshoot PLC controlled systems.
UNIT 4: PLC INTERFACE WITH SENSORS
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully understand how to interface PLCs.
- Understand position sensing as it interfaces with PLC’s.
- Understand pressure sensing as it interfaces with PLC’s.
- Understand timing and counting methods controlled by PLC’s.
UNIT 5: LABORATORY
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully apply understanding of PLCs in a hands-on environment.
- Develop and troubleshoot a PLC integrated system.
- Program a PLC to interface with three or more components in a system.
- Troubleshoot software to locate and correct faults.
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Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy.
Course Time Frame:
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402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.