Students Learn as they go on New Individual Mobile PLC Simulators
Future Skills' Electrical Instrumentation trainer, Jeff Harman, has been designing and building new portable PLC simulators so students can build their own real-time PLC system as part of the Cert IV Electrical Instrumentation course.
"PLCs are a big part of the nationally recognised qualification, Cert IV in Electrical Instrumentation," said Jeff, "Students learn to write code which can be applied to any industrial setting such as manufacturing or mining."
"These new PLC simulators are a compact mobile version of the larger PLCs used across various industries."
"In the Cert IV Electrical Instrumentation students learn the fundamentals of PLC programming - digital and analogue - which is the basis of any automated system whether it be in manufacturing, mining, transport, service delivery, etc. PLCs are the mainstay of all industry."
The new PLC simulators mean that each Future Skills student will have their own simulator attached to a laptop, allowing them to write code and download it to the simulator for testing as they progress through the course.
"The big advantage," says Jeff, "is that they get to write some code, test it and learn to fault-find in real time as they go, developing significant motor control knowledge along the way."
"When they train with us each student will have an individual PLC box to do the training in real time and know straight away, get immediate feedback on their work. It's a much better way of learning because they really develop their fault-finding and motor control knowledge."
"The new simulators are completely mobile so we can deliver the PLC course work, which is the entire last week of the course, all on site if that's what the client wants."
The new PLC simulators use the latest PLC technology and have the capacity to interface with HMI (human machine interface) and a wide range of equipment that you would see across the different industries. "It's very versatile," said Jeff, "These simulators allow the trainer and the student to simulate any number of tasks in any automated environment."
"The Cert IV Electrical Instrumentation is a good way for electricians to upskill so they can work in an automated environment. The nationally recognised qualification is a must have for electricians to work in automation in the future."
Students need an electrical licence and a basic understanding of motor control to enrol in the Cert IV Electrical Instrumentation. The course uses Ladder as the main programing language, which is familiar to many electricians. "There are other programing languages that can be used for PLCs but the use of Ladder gives most electricians the opportunity to learn these basic new skills in a language that is familiar to them," said Jeff.
To enrol in the Cert IV Electrical Instrumentation contact Future Skills on 1300 817 545 or 07 38482298 or email firstname.lastname@example.org