PLC Programming 1

Who should attend

Electricians, technicians and engineers seeking to update current knowledge of PLCs.

Key facts

Start Date(s)

Intake 1: 19 February - 27 June 2024

Intake 2: 22 July -  29 November 2024

Duration One semester, four hours per week
Time Wednesday 5-9pm
Study location(s) MIT TechPark
Study method In-class
Domestic fees $960 (approx.)
Course code 527.517

Course structure

  • The concept of a PLC
  • Hardwiring associated with a PLC
  • Ladder logic programming
  • Comparison of the key programming languages listed in IEC 61131‐3 with ladder logic
  • Binary coded decimal as a means of transferring numerical data to and from a PLC
  • Common industrial analogue and digital input and output modules and typical applications of each
  • Field bus systems at an introductory level
  • SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) at an introductory level.

Typical industrial projects form approximately one third of the course work. Modern Allen Bradley PLCs are used on the course.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Explain operation of a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) and its use in industry
  2. Hardwire a PLC and apply ladder logic programming to perform simple automation tasks
  3. Compare the key programming languages listed in IEC 61131-3 with ladder logic and understand their application in industry
  4. Apply common industrial analogue and digital input/output modules
  5. Explain field bus systems and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition)

To register your interest, please contact

For more information, phone 0800 62 62 52 or enquire below.

Information is correct as at 8 January 2024. The fee quoted is an indicative short course fee. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. Short courses stated as eligible for free study in 2024 are based on the 2023 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2024. International Students holding an appropriate visa may enrol on this course. All short course fees are in New Zealand Dollars and inclusive of GST. Manukau Institute of Technology reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course with insufficient enrolments or for any other reason where cancellation is necessary before the course is planned to start. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020.