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Electrical Engineering Technology (EET)

EET 220 Programmable Logic Controllers (2) An introduction to programmable logic controllers (PLCs); topics covered include programming, troubleshooting, networking, and industrial applications.

EET 220 Programmable Logic Controllers (2)

The Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) course will teach students fundamentals of programming, installation and use, troubleshooting, and networking of industrial grade, state-of-the-art PLCs. Programming instruction will be based on standard ladder logic concepts and will cover the use of relay logic for I/O and memory control; applications of timers, counters, and sequencers; and the effective use of program flow control instructions to manage PLC operations. Data manipulation using standard digital and arithmetic programming instructions will also be covered. Concepts in analog data I/O and advanced programming methods will be introduced. Class room instructions will be supported by laboratory activities in which students will use PLCs to perform typical industrial control functions. Lab exercises will be designed to ensure students learn the practical aspects of installing, programming, troubleshooting, and networking PLCs in situations typical of industrial use. Upon completing this course, students should be capable of recognizing industrial control problems suitable for PLC control, conceptualizing solutions to these problems, and then, using standard programming software, develop, enter, and debug moderately complex programs to solve these problems. They should also be able to install PLC units, interface them with I/O channels and standard data networks, and troubleshoot I/O and networking problems. Student achievement in the course will be assessed using a combination of methods. Grasp of lecture materials will be determined via quizzes, major exams, and out-of-class problem assignments. Lab performance will be assessed through a combination of structured lab exercises and one or more application-focused projects. Both the lab exercises and the project activities will require students to demonstrate proficiency with actual PLC equipment and produce written and/or oral reports. The PLC course will presume students have prior knowledge of digital electronics and electromechanical relays. Therefore, a digital circuits course and an electrical machinery course are appropriate prerequisites.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: CMPET 117

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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