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After taking this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of a PLC Interface Module(IM) and describe how it is connected in the PLC Rack

  • Explain the difference between Digital and Analog signals

  • Using practical examples, explain the operation of Digital Input/Digital Output and Analog Input/Analog Output modules

  • Using a practical example, explain the operation of a Function Module(FM)

  • List and explain 3 methods of connecting the PLC to the programming computer

  • Explain how to create a New Project in the Simatic Step 7 Manager

  • Explain how to configure the PLC Hardware, Rack, Power Supply, and CPU in the Simatic Step 7 Manager

  • Explain how to configure the Digital Input(DI), Digital Output(DO), and Analog Input (AI) in the Simatic Step 7 Manager.

  • Explain how to use the PLC Simulator

  • Explain how to download the DI, DO, and AI Configuration to the PLC

Your full course curriculum

  • 1

    PLC Hardware

    • Control system skills, our easy to learn training series

    • Control system components, PLC’s and the hardware they use

    • Power Supply Modules, for Use within PLC Control Systems

    • CPU Task in a PLC

    • CPU Operation Modes

    • Introduction to Memory Types

    • PLC Load Memory

    • PLC Working Memory

    • PLC System Memory

    • PLC Retentive Memory

    • PLC CPU Ports

    • CPU Status and Error Indicators

    • How to Delete the CPU Memory in a PLC

    • PLC Interface Module

    • Types of Electrical Signals

    • PLC DI and DO Modules

    • PLC AI and AO Modules

    • PLC Function Module

    • CP Module

  • 2

    Connecting the PLC to the Software

    • Difference Between STEP7 and SIMATIC Manager

    • Methods of Connecting to S7 PLCs

    • Set PG/PC Interface

    • LEDs on PC Adaptor

    • Creating a New Project in STEP 7 V5.5

    • PLC Hardware Configuration in STEP 7 V5.5

    • PLC Rack Configuration

    • Configuration of the PLC Power Supply

    • Configuration of the CPU

    • PLC Digital Input Module Configuration

    • PLC Digital Output Module Configuration

    • PLC Analog Input Module Configuration

    • How to work with PLC Simulator?

    • How to Download the Hardware to the PLC

Description

As a foundation block, this course is your first step towards becoming an Automation professional. Almost every automated factory or plant has at least one Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). Knowledge and expertise are required to set up, operate, maintain and program these complex pieces of equipment. Exploring one of the most widely used PLCs in industry today, this course uses the Siemens S7 PLC and programming software to introduce you to the world of PLC automation.

Ideal for you if…

  • You are an aspiring PLC programmer

  • You are an engineer, electrician, technician, or other field maintenance type that needs a solid foundation in PLC Hardware and an introduction to programming languages

Prepare for better pay & bigger responsibility

Jake Watkins

Since I started training a few months ago, I can see there’s been a huge difference in how much more efficiently and effectively I can handle PLC repairs in the field. Our clients are telling management how happy they are to get back online more quickly and save money because I’m turning around faster fixes. I definitely recommend it for anyone who needs PLC training at any level.

Mario Flores

I needed to get up to speed on working with Siemens PLC equipment and came across RealPars training on YouTube. I watched my first video and immediately went to the website and signed up as a student. I like the way information is explained step-by-step and that it’s broken down into small chunks…I can go back and review anytime I want. I’m already seeing that I can perform repairs faster and with more confidence. Three of my co-workers were so impressed, they signed up for RealPars, too.

Meet your instructor

Shahpour Shapournia

Shahpour has 8 years of experience as a PLC programmer mainly in the oil, gas, and steel industry. He understands the challenges of becoming a successful automation engineer, because he was once like his students—ready to grow, but not knowing how to go about it. He loves taking complicated engineering concepts and explaining them in an easy-to-follow format.

Here’s why you’ll succeed

  • One-on-one support

    Stuck or have a question? You get unlimited support from our team of proven PLC programming experts.

  • Laser-focused lessons

    We only teach you exactly what you need to know to master a PLC course. No fluff, filler, or wasting your time.

  • Experienced instructors

    All PLC training courses include step-by-step instructions from the world’s best so you can join their ranks and gain an unfair advantage.

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FAQ

  • Can I get a certificate for this course?

    Since The PLC Programming MADE EASY - level 1 is a free introductory course, we do not offer certificates for completing it. However, we do provide certificates for the completion of the rest of the courses on our platform. You can add these certificates to your LinkedIn profile as well.

  • Can my employer purchase a course for me?

    Yes. Most people enroll individually, and then submit their receipt to their employer for reimbursement. However, if your employer has a tuition budget and wants to train 5 people or more, you can send us an email at [email protected] and we will help you with bulk signup.

  • Can I register for a course if I am working full time?

    Of course. All of our course content is pre-recorded, so you can work and study on your own time.