Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)

Course code HSSUEE0004
Start date(s) February
Course lengthPart time: 10 weeks
Campus Moorabbin
Study mode Mixed delivery
International course No
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  • Course Overview

    This course is designed for people who have minimal to noexperience in programmable logic controllers (PLCs). 

    You will develop an understanding of theprocess of development, installation and testing of PLCs for a system requiring discrete control functions. The coursewill teach you to:

    • Work safely
    • Apply knowledge of control systems
    • Control systemdevelopment methods
    • Use ladder diagrams/statement list/function blockdiagram instruction sets
    • Follow written instructions and document program development
    • Test activities.
    After completing this course, you will have the in-depthknowledge and skills to enable you to develop, enter and verify discretecontrol programs for programmable controllers.

  • Course Structure

    The topics covered during this course include:

    • PLC introduction
    • Definition and terminology
    • PLC installation and safety
    • Input/output modules
    • PLC programming methods and languages
    • Timers
    • Counters
    • Master control
    • Jump function
    • Shift registers
    • Sequencers
    • PLC diagnostics and fault finding.


    Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.


    UEENEEE101AApply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
    UEENEEI150ADevelop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers
  • Requirements

    Recognition of prior learning

    You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Please see Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer for more information.


  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    After successfully completing this course, you will be eligible to receive the nationally endorsed statement of attainment.

    Career Opportunities

    This course could form part of:

    •  UEE40611 Certificate IV in Electrotechnology – System Electrician
    •  UEE43211 Certificate IV in Industrial Automation and Control

    If undertaken as a skill set, the follow-on skill set would be Program PLCs for Analog Control.

  • Dates

    Course Commencement

    This course is delivered one evening per week, on a Wednesday from 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm for 10 weeks commencing:

    • February 7th


    • 4 hours per week for 10 weeks
    •  Evenings 5.30 pm - 9.30 pm

  • How to Apply


    When applying online through our Holmesglen Self-Service page; for Application Type select Building and Construction and for Program of Study, please choose Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).

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    The application process takes approximately 5 minutes and at this stage, you do not need to provide any documentation.

    To apply offline, contact the department directly using the details below. Your application will be reviewed by the faculty and you will be contacted within 2 working days. For further information on the full application process, including how to accept your offer, complete enrolment and make payment, visit How to Apply.

    Further Advice

    If you have further questions about your application please contact the department:

    Electrical & Engineering Department

    03 9209 5690



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  • Fees

    Program Fees

    Full Fee$765

    Payments options are available to assist with repayment of tuition fees. HELP loans, which are a government loan scheme, are available to eligible students. A Student Services and Amenities fee is payable at the time of enrolment. All fee payments must be completed by the Administrative Date and the final date to withdraw without incurring a Loan debt must be completed by the Census Date.

    Individual subject tuition fees are available for higher education programs.

    The published fee was current at the time of publication however, due to a rise in resource and delivery costs, full fee programs may be subject to change.