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PLC Basics

PLC Basics

PLC Basics
July 14, 2015, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$250 per person, 0.8 CEUs or 8 PDHs

The purpose of the course is to provide an overview of Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) hardware and to teach the basics of PLC programming. The lecture material will be based on the textbook and lab manual currently used in McNeese's engineering and engineering technology courses. Attendees will participate in programming exercises using Allen-Bradley’s SLC500 PLCs and the RSLogix500 development system. The PLC simulation software, LogixPro, will be used for programming exercises. Approximately half of the course will be spent in presenting PLC information, and the other half will be devoted to hands-on programming.

Brent Garner is a graduate of McNeese State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and of Southern Methodist University with an M.S. in Electrical Engineering. His industrial career spanned about a decade, working in the defense electronics industry for Honeywell in New Mexico and for Raytheon in Texas. His primary duties included hardware and software design of microprocessor-based embedded boards and systems, as well as development of automated test systems. Brent is currently an Associate Professor of Engineering Technology as well as the Program Coordinator of the Electronics and Instrumentation programs at McNeese State University.  He spent four years as the Engineering Technology Department Head.  He has taught the upper-level PLC course in Engineering Technology for over a decade and the PLC portion of an engineering controls lab for four years.

  • $250 per individual (includes $12 per day for refreshments and lunch)
  • 0.8 CEUs and 8 PDHs awarded to participants
  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover accepted
  • Checks should be made payable to McNeese State University and mailed to the following address:
McNeese State University
Institute for Industry-Education Collaboration
Box 91834
Lake Charles, LA 70609

To download a registration form, click the link below. Please return the completed form via email to: or fax to: 337-562-4272 Registration form IIEC.pdf
Phone: 337-562-4139         
Fax: 337-562-4272