SB - Carpentry
SB - Plumbing
SB - Bricklaying
SB - Painting
SB - Construction HE
SB - Electrical
Course basket

Construction, Electrical and Plumbing

Adults Employers Training for Work

Industrial Automation Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC 1)

This 1 day short course provides a basic introduction to PLCs. A fundamental understanding of control systems would be advantageous. If in doubt, please contact the college to discuss your programme entry point.

  • Course Description

    Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) play a vital role in all forms of automation and industrial control. The range of equipment being controlled in this way is extremely diverse, from micro PLCs controlling simple automatic doors, HVAC systems and agricultural grain handling plant to larger modular PLCs controlling complex industrial processes. Activities where an understanding of PLCs is required include:-

    • Control panel design and build
    • Installation and commissioning of plant and equipment
    • Maintenance and system modification
    • Fault diagnosis and repair

    Introduction to PLCs Part I

    • Introduction to PLCs and their applications
    • Inputs and Outputs (types, addressing etc)
    • Programmable logic AND, OR and NOT
    • Introduction to CWA Training Rigs
    • Relationship between field devices, inputs status, application programme and output status
    • Overview of PLC features and functions
    • Introduction to programming software MELSOFT GX Works2
    • Development of simple application programmes
  • Progression Opportunities

    What can I do after this course at CWA?

    The College of West Anglia offers many opportunities to continue studying from entry level through to degrees at University Centre West Anglia. Some of the courses available for those who have successfully completed this course include:

    • Industrial Automation Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC 2) (King's Lynn)
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    Industrial Automation Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC 1)

    How is my course assessed?

    This course is assessed by a 30 minute multiple choice test.

Please contact us or complete the enquiry for information on the next course date.

King's Lynn


Duration 1 Day

Construction, Electrical and Plumbing Careers

Get insights into where our courses can lead you. See example work tasks and find real job vacancies.

Electrical engineers


Potential Salary

Production managers and directors in construction


Potential Salary

Construction and building trades supervisors


Potential Salary


Jack Goodrum

Carpentry & Joinery

Jack was awarded Apprenticeships winner at the CWA Student of the Year Awards ceremony 2018.

“At college, I have learnt so many other skills that“At college, I have learnt so many other skills thathaven’t just revolved around carpentry. I havelearnt how to be more adaptable to overcomemany difficult challenges I have faced. Sincethen I have grown in confidence and gone fromstrength to strength within the workplace.”

Read his story

More Construction, Electrical and Plumbing Courses

CWA Logo

General Enquiries
01553 761 144

Student Services
01553 815 271

If you would like to ask a question, please complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Invalid Input
Please tell us your first name
Please tell us your surname
Please enter a valid email address
Invalid Input

Please select the types which best describe you
Please tell us what you are enquiring about
This field is required
Invalid Input
Invalid Input


Picking the right course can be difficult. Don’t leave any questions unanswered - our expert support team are waiting to help.

This field is required.
This field is required.
This field is required.

Please select the types which best describe you
This field is required.
This field is required.
Invalid Input
Invalid Input