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

  • Explain the purpose of a Thermocouple

  • Explain how a thermocouple is created

  • Sketch a drawing to illustrate the connection of a thermocouple to a sensing device labeling the hot and cold junctions

  • Explain the basic theory behind the operation of a thermocouple

  • Explain why a Type-K thermocouple is probably the most commonly used thermocouple in industrial applications

  • State the two metals that are joined to creat a Type-K thermocouple

  • Explain the purpose of a Thermocouple Table

  • State the 3 versions of the Protected Sheath stype thermocouple

  • Explain what extension thermocouple wire is and why it is used

  • Explain how thermocouple wire insulation can be helpful in determining thermocouple polarity

Course curriculum

    1. 1. Thermocouple Explained

    2. 2. How to Choose a Thermocouple

    3. 3. How to Wire a Thermocouple to a PLC

About this course

  • €1.000,00
  • 3 lessons
  • 0.5 hours of video content


This course is intended to introduce participants to the thermocouple which is a versatile temperature measuring transducer. The course provides the operational theory of the thermocouple as well as more detailed information about the various types of thermocouples used in industry today. The important topic of cold junction compensation is discussed as well as the use of thermocouple extension wire. Information on how to wire different protected-sheath thermocouples to a Siemens PLC module are illustrated and provided in detail.

Ideal for you if…

  • An instrument/electrical field engineer or technician requiring more knowledge about thermocouples

  • An instrument/electrical field engineer or technician requiring more knowledge about how thermocouples are wired to PLC’s

Prepare for better pay & bigger responsibility

Eduardo Cali

I’m a maintenance technician at my company and I recently transferred to automation. We’re working more and more with Siemens so I needed to get up to speed on the newest PLC software. RealPars videos feel like a real classroom experience. The instructors are great…they’re easy to follow and they make the lessons relevant to real-world applications and I like that. I definitely recommend RealPars.

Mario Flores

I tried other online training, but I have to say that RealPars instructors helped me connect the dots in a way the others didn’t. I was able to expand my Siemens knowledge…I only knew Allen-Bradley…now I understand the differences and similarities better. I find RealPars to be a professional and affordable way to get the big picture of PLC as well as gain lots of practical knowledge.

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  • 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

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  • Suited for all skill levels

    we’ll help you get the skills you need to stand out and get hired!

  • Learn practical skills

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  • Can I get a certificate for this course?

    "Thermocouple Basics" is a free course. No certificate will be granted for completing a free course. However, You will receive a personalized certificate of completion once you have fully finished a course (that provides a certificate) while being a Pro member.

  • What is the required software and hardware for this course?

    There won't be any specific hardware or software required for completing this course.

  • 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.