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PLCs for Non-Programmers - 2 Day "Hands-On"

A 2 Day Training Course Designed to take the mystery out of
working with Programmable Logic Controllers ( PLCs )

Both Days - $990

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"Clear & concise (for) real life applications"
Steve Olson - Eng Tech - Cargill Deicing Technology

"...detailed - but easy to understand"
Robert Bostick - Journeyman Electrician - Basic Energy

"This was a huge bang for the buck!"
David Younker - Aetna Bearing Company

Purpose of Seminar:

This PLC training course was created to bring maintenance technicians and other non-programmers up to speed in their understanding of programmable logic controllers as quickly and efficiently as possible. It includes hands-on demonstrations and converts the seemingly complex world of automation and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) into practical, down to earth lessons the average non-programming person can understand. We’ve taken the very best information from top PLC manufacturers, boiled it down into basic common practices and principles, and applied our unique teaching style to give you simple, clear and concise instruction on how to work with just about any Programmable Logic Controller. This course provides a practical, real world PLC education. Students’ specific needs and concerns are also addressed during the class so that they can go back to their workplace and immediately apply what they’ve learned.

The overall goal of this PLC training program is to teach students to speak the PLC language, read and interpret PLC ladder logic, troubleshoot PLC systems and components, and fix the most common PLC problems on their own. This course can also be adopted as part of a company’s regular Qualified Electrical Worker program.

Who should take this course?

This course was designed for all types of technicians, electricians and others responsible for conducting maintenance and other types of work associated with PLC controlled equipment. It also provides the perfect building blocks for those who plan on taking more advanced PLC programming courses from American Trainco or a PLC equipment specific vendor. Our instructors have broad industrial and commercial knowledge and so they are able to address just about any student’s question regardless of his skill-level, industry, company size, or job title including:

All maintenance personnel in:

  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Waste Water Facilities
  • Schools
  • Government Buildings
  • Research Facilities
  • Shopping Centers
  • Airports


  • Apprentice and Experienced Electricians
  • Instrumentation Technicians
  • All Building Maintenance Personnel
  • All Plant & Facility Maintenance Technicians
  • Building Engineers
  • Building Managers & Superintendents
  • Plant & Facility Managers
  • Multi-craft & Cross Training Personnel
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Any person needing a basic course in PLC basics & maintenance!

Training Outcomes

During this course basic PLC “hands on” demonstrations will be performed. When attendees return to work their employer can expect them to present a training certificate indicating he or she has successfully learned to:

  1. Identify PLC components
  2. Read and interpret Ladder Logic
  3. Understand function and purpose of basic programming instructions
  4. Configure a PLC-based control system
  5. Relate actual PLC and PID instructions to "real world" applications
  6. Troubleshoot and correct PLC problems by identifying and isolating most
    common system faults

And to be 100% certain you get the training you need, students are encouraged to bring PLC diagrams or case studies on problems from their own facility for discussion during class.

Discussion Topics

Eighty percent of the faults associated with a PLC based control system involve either I/O (Input/Output) devices or field wiring. You don’t need to be a master at PLC programming to fix these problems. So during this seminar you will learn how to use both hardware and software to find these common faults quickly. Students will learn a systematic approach to troubleshooting; how to set-up and configure local, remote, hierarchical and distributive control systems; how to configure Input/Output modules using various slot addressing techniques; how to understand program and data table file organization, number systems and processor information flow; and how basic relay type instructions, timers and counters, & data manipulation instructions can be used to achieve the PLC solution you want.

The other remaining 20% of faults can also be quickly found using software tools that usually remain hidden to all but the most experienced troubleshooting professional. But in this American Trainco seminar we will unlock these tools, remove the mystery, and provide you the practical training you need to intelligently and efficiently work with your PLCs.

Topics covered in this seminar include…


  • Hardware Focus
  • How PLCs Work
    • Past
    • Present
    • Future
  • PLC Terminology, PID
  • Parts of a PLC
    • Input Interfaces
    • Processor
    • Output Interfaces
    • Power Supplies
    • Programming Terminals
  • System Configurations
    • Local
    • Remote
    • Hierarchical
    • Distributive
  • Hardware Considerations
    • Field Wiring
    • Master Control Relay
    • Isolation Transformers
    • Four Basic Types of Grounding


  • Organization and Function of Ladder Logic
  • Ladder Logic Data Table Organization
    • Numbering Systems
    • Data Table Files
    • Bit, Word and File Addressing
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Common PLC & PID Instructions
    • Basic Relay
    • Counters and Timers
    • Data Transfer
  • Organization
    • Subroutine Files
    • Selectable Timed Interrupt (STI) Files
    • Jumps and MCR Instructions
    • Fault Routines
  • Relating the PLC to "Real World" Applications


  • Safety
  • Forcing of Input Data Table & Output Devices
  • Identifying I/O Field Device Faults
  • Identifying I/O Module Faults
  • Identifying System Faults
  • Using the Data Monitor Screen
  • Using the Processor Status and I/O Status Screen


  • The "Ultimate PLC Troubleshooting Flowchart"
  • Using Troubleshooting Tools
  • Using Software Tools
  • "Real World" Case Studies

What You Will Take Home

• American Trainco Seminar Manual - detailing all PLCs for Non-Programmers material covered in the class.

• Personalized Programmable Logic Controllers ( PLCs ) for Non-Programmers Training Certificate with 1.6 American Trainco Continuing Education Units approved by the MTAA and ACE.

• All the information you need from asking our instructors specific questions about your PLC questions including specific questions about your PLC brand (Allen Bradley, GE, Siemens, Omron, Modicon, Mitsubishi, Honeywell, Rockwell, A- …) or ladder logic questions.

Optional ATMT Certification® Testing

An optional ATMT® Certification exam is available for this training topic. It may be taken online or as a written test any time after the class is over. Please visit ATMT® Testing and Certification for more information.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

All students attending our seminars receive a personalized Certificate of Completion and .8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) per day of training. Over 40,000 employers and government agencies who have sent their employees to our classes accept American Trainco CEUs for continuing education requirements. Our administration and record keeping practices meet or exceed the standards of ACE (American Council on Education) and we are able to provide transcripts of all classes attended and tests taken by individual students. Please contact us if our CEUs are not yet accepted by your authority. We will initiate an application to get the approval process started.

In House Training

You can bring this or any American Trainco seminar directly to your plant or facility. We offer dozens of courses covering a broad range of maintenance and maintenance management topics. Our expert instructors are among the most experienced in the industry and can modify or customize training programs to meet your specific needs - whether you need a short refresher course or an in depth program that focuses on your equipment and processes. In house training reduces the training cost per employee and limits the time required away from work. There are several other advantages of in house training as well.

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U.S. and Canada

If you're not yet sure you'll be able to attend a seminar, you can still make a reservation to hold your space in class. While payment is due prior to the start of the seminar, you may choose a full refund or credit for cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance. Student substitutions can also be freely made at any time prior to the start of the seminar. Refunds will not be issued for registered attendees who fail to show up and have not given a notice of cancellation.

In the rare event that should you not receive the expected value after attending our seminar, simply notify us in writing of your reasons and your money will be promptly refunded.

International and Overseas

If you're not yet sure you'll be able to attend a seminar, you can still make a reservation to hold your space in class. However, payment for international and overseas students must be made prior to the start of the seminar (in Dollars U.S.), and all seminar fees are non-refundable. Student substitutions can be freely made at any time prior to the start of the seminar. American Trainco’s Money-Back Guarantee does not apply for international and overseas registrations.

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