This professional development course is designed for engineers and technicians who need to get practical skills and knowledge in the fundamentals of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and SCADA systems.
This practical course covers the essentials of SCADA and PLC systems, which are often used in close association with each other. A selection of case studies is used to illustrate the key concepts with examples of real-world working SCADA and PLC systems in the water, electrical, and processing industries.
This is an excellent opportunity to network with your peers, as well as to gain significant new information and techniques for your next SCADA or PLC project. Although the emphasis of the course will be on practical industry topics highlighting recent developments, using case studies, the latest application of SCADA, PLC technologies, and fundamentals will be covered.
Our focus is on the generic programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and uses the open programming IEC 61131-3 standard. We will give you practical, up-to-date information on the application of PLC systems to the automation and process control industries.
It is suitable for people who have little or no exposure to PLCs, but who expect to become involved in some or all aspects of PLC installation. You will get practical advice from experts in the field, to assist you to correctly plan, program, and install a PLC with a shorter learning curve and more confidence.
While the course is ideal for electricians, technicians, and engineers who are new to PLCs, much of the material covered will be of value to those who already have some basic skills, but need a broader perspective for larger and more challenging tasks ahead. The information included advances from the basics to challenge even the most experienced engineer in the industry today.
The course is composed of 12 modules, covering topics such as SCADA software configuration, installation, troubleshooting and network security issues, telecommunications links, Industrial Ethernet in SCADA systems, PLC hardware and installation criteria, writing PLC programs using ladderlogic, and troubleshooting for PLC systems.
To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online fortnightly webinars. Detailed summaries/notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance. In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes. If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.
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You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending fortnightly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.
Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.
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