A programmable logic controller (PLC) certificate prepares the individual to install, maintain and troubleshoot industrial-grade PLC systems. Typically, these technicians work closely with maintenance supervisors and electrical engineers, sometimes receiving objectives and technical advice from them. Technicians conduct extensive self-study (reading, research and practice) to improve and maintain technical proficiency due to new and improved electrical control devices.
Typically, technicians work on assignments and tasks with minimum supervision and guidance, often requiring the technician to interface and pass down information between cross-function personnel of incoming and outgoing shifts. Employers expect that technicians demonstrate excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Graduates of this program may find employment as entry-level control technicians, electrical technicians or as service technicians working under the direction of the maintenance or engineering department. Some of the typical duties of these technicians will include: troubleshooting and programming of PLC control systems; variable frequency drives; 480-volt 3-phase motor wiring; reading blueprints and electrical schematics; installing conduit and wiring; testing wiring connections; and working closely with electrical engineers and/or general contractors.