Continuing Education

Programmable Logic Controller I

Campus

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Credential

The type of certification you will earn after completing your program.

  • Certificate Achievement - An approved non-credit program that has a formal summative assessment component, has mappped program or course outcomes, and is subject to a regular quality curriculum review process.
  • Certificate Completion - A non-credit program that has no formal summative assessment component and is subject to a regular quality curriculum review process.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Programmable Logic Controller Level I Certificate of Achievement

This certificate of achievement focuses on learning IEC 61131-3 languages using Allen Bradley PLCs. Graduates will acquire the skills needed to build, integrate, maintain, troubleshoot and manage PLC programs. Students also have the opportunity to achieve two NAIT Microcredentials while taking this certificate program.

  • Develop a PLC program using all four IEC61131-3 languages.
  • Understand and respond to a problem statement.
  • Troubleshoot PLC programs.
  • Upload and download a program to a PLC.
  • Program an Allen Bradley MicroLogix PLC and a CompactLogix PLC.
  • Use discrete and analog signals.
  • Create customized programs that are specific to your equipment and needs.
  • Understand and create programs using SCADAPack.

NAIT PLC Microcredentials

As you proceed through the Level I PLC certificate program, you will earn two microcredentials from NAIT.

They are available for you to share your learning progress on your social channels.

  • PLC Ladder Logic Programming
  • PLC Advanced Programming

Two PLC Certificates

There are two NAIT PLC certificate achievements, both presenting unique learning opportunities. It is highly recommended that you complete Level I before moving to Level II. Learn more about the  Level II Certificate.

Programmable Logic Controller Level I Certificate of Achievement

The courses within the Programmable Logic Controller Certificate Level I focus on IEC 61131-3 languages (Ladder diagram, Function Block diagram, Structured Text, and Sequential Function Chart diagram).

Level I Courses

There are two schedule options for Level I.  

Option 1

  • PLCC101
  • PLCC102
  • PLCC103
  • PLCC105
  • PLCC104
  • PLCC106

Option 2 (Accelerated)

Complete the Level I certificate in just two weeks with an accelerated schedule.

Information in PLCC101, 102 and 103 is instructed in PLCC113, while PLCC104, 105 and 106 are covered in PLCC146. 

  • PLCC113 
  • PLCC146

Earn NAIT Microcredentials in Automation

A microcredential represents recognition of of employer-valued competencies and skills. They are sharable on your social channels and prove upskilling to prospective or existing employers and managers.

After successfully demonstrating competency through  assessments based on real world situations, you will accelerate your professional development and earn NAIT microcredentials in the area of automation.


Project Human Resource Management Badge

PLC Ladder Logic Programming

To earn your PLC Ladder Logic Programming microcredential, you must demonstrate the competencies acquired by successful completion of the assessments in:

  • PLCC101
  • PLCC102
  • PLCC103

Or the equivalent accelerated option:

  • PLCC113 

Project Human Resource Management Badge

PLC Advanced Programming

To earn your PLC Advanced Programming microcredential, you must demonstrate the competencies acquired by successful completion of the assessments in:

  • PLCC104
  • PLCC105

OR the equivalent accelerated option:

  • PLCC146

Please note: You will need to successfully demonstrate the learning outcomes of PLCC106 along with PLCC104 and PLCC105 to obtain the Programmable Logic Controller Level I Certificate of Achievement.

Flexible Learning Options

Courses in NAIT’s PLC programming certificates have been designed with hands-on skills in mind. We offer flexible start dates throughout the year. Courses are offered in a variety of scheduling formats to accommodate your busy lifestyle.

Currently, due to COVID-19 Health and Safety restrictions, our training is being offered in an online format only. The courses are delivered synchronously with live active instruction and engagement with other participants, using highly defined simulators and real PLCs.

You can complete the entire PLC Level I program in as little as two weeks with our accelerated compressed schedule. Most people complete Level I and Level II  by taking evening classes.

Previous Required Experience

To be successful in this program participants should have  the following experience:

  • Familiarity with personal computers.
  • Working knowledge of AC and DC electrical circuits.
  • Basic knowledge of automated processes.
  • Minimum of post-secondary or apprenticeship in a related field, or equivalent experience.

For more information please contact ced_ast@nait.ca or call 780-378-6990.

Instructors

Dr. Yadu Prabhakar, Ph.D., P.Eng., MSc.

Dr. Yadu Prabhakar, Ph.D., P.Eng., MSc.

Dr. Yadu Prabhakar is a Robotics and Industrial Automation instructional facilitator at NAIT with more than 7 years of teaching experience.

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Jean-Paul Prévost, Ph.D., M.A.Sc.

Jean-Paul Prévost, Ph.D., M.A.Sc.

Dr. Jean-Paul Prévost is an instructor in Electrical Engineering Technology at NAIT. He has been at NAIT for over 7 years, teaching courses in electrical theory, PLC automation and motor drives.

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