This course will introduce learners to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and enable them to understand how PLCs are applied to control industrial processes.

Learners will explore coding, rather than the wider aspects of software development and learners will gain foundation knowledge of, and skills in, writing short programs for a variety of purposes, using contemporary high-level programming languages, such as Python or C.

Learners will also develop knowledge and understanding of interfacing engineering systems with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and writing programmes to operate the interfaced engineering systems including the opportunity to examine the use of programmable logic controllers as a tool to aid fault finding in industrial systems.

Finally, learners will be equipped with knowledge and understanding of the main elements of robotic systems and the factors influencing their selection for general industrial applications.

  • Part-time, evening class starting in August 2020

The course will cover the following topics

  • Applications of Programmable Logic Controls (PLCs)
  • Computer Programing
  • Engineering Systems interfaced with PLCs
  • Robotic Systems or Artificial Intelligence

There are no formal entry requirements. However candidates will be expected to demonstrate suitable industrial knowledge and experience, and familiarity with programmable logic, controls, combination logic and Boolean Algebra is highly desirable.

You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise

Please note: you will be required to complete an aptitude test and successful interview.

In addition, internal applicants will also require a positive Internal Learner Reference (ILR).

  • Subject to successful completion the course, you may progress onto the HNC Computer Aided Drafting & Design or other progression routes as appropriate to experience and entry requirements.
  • Completion of this and further courses can lead to Modern Apprenticeships or employment in a wide range of manufacturing and engineering areas.
  • August 2020, Stenton Campus, Glenrothes
  • Application, and successful interview.