Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and an Overview of SCADA Systems

Organisation profile

ILDÁNA  provides an array of mainly technical / engineering training courses and consultancy services to the public and private sectors throughout the island of Ireland. 

The various members of the ILDÁNA team are recognised as subject-matter-experts in their respective fields. ILDANÁ's trainers have years of practical experience and ensure that each course is up-to-date technically, well managed and consistently well-presented with clearly identified aims and learning opportunities.

Training aim

The aim of this two day course is to give you a good clear understanding of the widespread use of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) & SCADA systems. These high quality versatile units can solve your process plant and manufacturing plant control problems.   SCADA – Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition  -  is a graphic software system which communicates with a PLC or similar device and allows personnel to view a mimic diagram of the process. The operator can control the process from the graphic screen and enter set points to the PLC.

Learning objectives

  • Gain a good clear understanding and working knowledge of the widespread use of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) & SCADA Systems
  • Understand how sensors and field devices are connected
  • Understand the capabilities and wide application of Industrial Colour Graphics / SCADA Systems

Course outline

  • Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
  • Structure & Definition of a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Overview of Programming
  • Programming Devices
  • Hardware options / features
  • How the PLC interfaces with Control Devices
  • Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Peripherals
  • Inputs / Outputs
    • Outputs:  Contactors, Relays, Alarms, etc.
    •  Inputs:     Switches, Thermostats, Overloads, Instrumentation, etc.
  • Installation & Commissioning of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) & SCADA systems.
  • Fault Finding
  • Control Hierarchy, Networking and SCADA Packages

Trainer's profile

Noel Kileen, B Eng, Trainer with ILDANA TRAINING & CONSULTANCY has spent over 30 years in the real time systems and automation industry and  has had roles as a software/controls engineer and manager in several multinationals. He has also spent time on the road selling Automation and SCADA systems. Noel is currently working as a system designer / consultant in automation and as an automation trainer.

Course duration

2 days

Assessment & certification

Certificate of Achievement plus 2 CPD Credits

Who should attend

Operations, production and maintenence managers, engineers, technicians or operations personnel who require a good basic understanding of PLCs and  SCADA and who may engage with others to carry out their work.


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