SRJC Course Outlines

10/31/2020 10:22:34 AMELEC 53.12 Course Outline as of Spring 2004

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ELEC 53.12Title:  PLC'S-MAINT TECHS-1  
Full Title:  Programmable Logic Controllers for Maintenance Technicians 1
Last Reviewed:10/17/2011

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled02 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total35.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  ELEC299.41

Catalog Description:
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Programmable Logic Controllers for the Maintenance Technician. Identification and troubleshooting of typical controller problems; beginning to intermediate ladder logic programming; essentials of working in an industrial environment.


Recommended Preparation:
Completion of ELEC 53.11.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Programmable logic controllers for the maintenance technician. Identification and troubleshooting of typical controller problems; beginning to intermediate ladder logic programming; essentials of working in an industrial environment.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Completion of ELEC 53.11.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 2004Inactive:Fall 2017
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of this course the student will be able to, at a beginning
to intermediate level:
1. Design and set up software in a control system and make it work
2. Interpret and apply safety procedures in a manufacturing environment.
3. Originate proper tagout procedures when working on electrical
4. Develop a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) program using ladder
5. Recognize and evaluate faults in sensors and output devices.
6. Evaluate and troubleshoot software problems.

Topics and Scope
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1. Types of input devices
2. Types of output devices
3.Types of controllers
4. Types of software
5. Fundamentals of control programs
6. Basic instructions
7. Loading software and operating PLCs
8. Basic tag out procedures
9. Basic Manufacturing safety
10. Wiring, DC inputs, AC inputs, Relay Outputs, Transistor outputs

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1. Investigate operation of DC and AC outputs, Relay Outputs, and
Transistor outputs and write evaluation.
2. Design and evaluate software used to control a Stepper motor.
3. Review a manufacturing process and design software that could be used
to automate the sequencing of machines used in that process.
4. Write four 2-3 page case studies of applications of PLCs to
5. Midterm and final exam.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
20 - 30%
Case studies.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
40 - 60%
Homework problems, Lab reports
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Short answer.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Your Personal PLC Tutor (A guide to understanding PLC's) by Phil Melore,
copyright 2003 Phil Melore, (

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