TAEL-245: Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)

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Academic Level
Course Subject
Tael - Electrical
Course Number
Course Title
Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
TAEL-200 or TAE Apprentice Coordinator/Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Discusses Allen Bradley PLC-5/25 programmable controller system characteristics. Covers how to use the programmable controller to solve the automated control problem and how to adapt to any PLC system, regardless of the manufacturer. Major course work involves writing several PLC programs and then successfully executing the programs in a laboratory setting.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Programmable logic controller (PLC-5) fundamentals.
  2. Data table configuration.
  3. Input and output hardware connections.
  4. Input and output programming commands.
  5. Bit storage, timer, and counter concepts.
  6. PLC programming concepts.
  7. Pneumatic air logic and components.
  8. PLC troubleshooting.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Describe the applications of a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and how it is part of an automation system.
  2. Write a simple PLC program that includes input to output statements, counters, and timers.*
  3. Interface a PLC to basic electrical equipment.*
  4. Enter and execute a PLC program from a computer terminal.
  5. Prepare and organize a machine control package used to emphasize the importance of graphical communication.
  6. Solve a control problem utilizing the logical capability of the PLC.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Methods for measuring achievement of objectives:

  1. Two written tests will be given during the semester.  Both of these tests will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis and must be successfully passed to pass the class.  Students may retake the test until a passing score is achieved. 
  2. Group laboratory activities and performance exercises are done in which students demonstrate an understanding of assigned circuits.
  3. Six programming assignments will be completed and executed in the laboratory.  If four are successfully completed along with the quizzes and group labs, a grade of C will be earned.  If five are completed, then the grade will be a B.  If all six programming assignments are completed, then the student will receive an A.

Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the TAE Department.


Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2014
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Fall 2014