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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Technician Program (Distance Education) (T903)

PROGRAMProgrammable Logic Controllers (PLC) Technician Program (Distance Education)
SCHOOLSchool of Mechanical and Engineering Technologies
LOCATIONDistance Education
DURATION32 weeks (approximately)
STARTING MONTHOpen enrolment
CERTIFICATIONGeorge Brown College Certificate
YEAR OF STUDY2012-2013

The Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Technician program meets the needs of employers who require a highly skilled technical workforce and those of students who need cost-effective, high-quality, fully accredited technical training.

Full Program Descriptions


The Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Technician program meets the needs of employers who require a highly skilled technical workforce and those of students who need cost-effective, high-quality, fully accredited technical training.

Complete all aspects of the program and receive a PLC Technician certificate while studying at home using an interactive learning package. This innovative Distance Education program combines state-of-the-art PLC simulation with one of the biggest-selling PLC books in history. The learning materials consist of a CD-ROM with 19 courses (modules) containing text, audio, 2D and 3D animations, computer-based testing and PLC simulation software.

The interactive PLC simulation software essentially converts your computer into a virtual PLC and allows you to run, verify and de-bug ladder logic programs based on Allen-Bradley. The simulation software allows you to familiarize yourself with many different features associated with Allen-Bradley PLCs, including timers, counters, sequencers and math functions. Design ladder logic programs, perform tests and simulate the operation of real-world components, including motors, solenoid valves and a wide variety of other discrete and analogue I/O devices.

You may enrol at any time during the year and complete the modules in the learning package at your own speed. Typical completion time is 32 weeks of part-time study, but there are no time limits.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (with credits at or above general level) or equivalent or mature student status.  

Course Outline

Required Courses 

The modules should be taken in the following order.

ELNC 9071    Overview of PLCs
ELNC 9072    Central Processing Unit
ELNC 9073    I/O System
ELNC 9074    Programming Terminals and Peripherals
ELNC 9075    Installation and Maintenance of PLCs
ELNC 9076    Relay Logic
ELNC 9077    Ladder Logic
ELNC 9078    Timers
ELNC 9079    Counters
ELNC 9080    MCR, JUMP and FORCE Instructions
ELNC 9081    Sequencers
ELNC 9082    Data Transfer
ELNC 9083    Math Functions
ELNC 9084    Process Control
ELNC 9085    Data Communication
ELNC 9086    Number Systems and Codes
ELNC 9087    Digital Logic
ELNC 9093    Advanced Programming Languages
ELNC 9092    Robotics


For detailed course outlines click here. 

For a list of General Education Electives click here. 


Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

This program prepares you to work in the rapidly expanding field of industrial automation and control. Industrial automation in industry is providing jobs for technically trained people who can build, program, integrate, service, maintain and operate PLCs. The PLC Technician program will provide the basic technical skills and knowledge necessary to work with electrical control systems typically found in an industrial environment.

PLC technicians install and repair industrial electronic equipment including I/O networks, data highways, variable speed drives and process control equipment, and write PLC programs for a wide variety of automated control systems, ranging from simple on-off control systems to robotics. PLC technicians also find employment in the industrial engineering field, where they are actively involved in the design and implementation of PLC control systems.

Tuition and Fees


$1, 700.00

Additional Cost 

$70 per module, plus $370 for the CD-ROM (which includes all software and required materials). International applicants are charged the same fees but in U.S. dollars (US$70 plus US$370); the posted exchange rate in effect at the time of your registration will be used to determine the final fee in Canadian dollars. There is no refund on CD-ROM course materials for this program.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (with credits at or above general level) or equivalent or mature student status.

 School of Computer Technology and School of Engineering Technologies Admission Requirements and Fees 2012-2013 

Technical Requirements  

  • Pentium-based computer or equivalent
  • CD-ROM drive and sound card
  • minimum 32MB RAM (64MB recommended)
  • minimum 100MB available disk space
  • Windows NT/2000/XP/ME/Vista/7
  • Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail or any other MAPI-compliant application
  • Internet access

Telephone tutorial assistance is available (toll-free) at 1-888-553-5333.

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