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Industrial Electronics with PLC distance education course.

Learn to Program and Troubleshoot PLCs

CIE's Industrial Electronics and PLC training course will give a person with no prior experience the skills needed to program and troubleshoot PLCs. With the Allen-Bradley simulator lab, you'll be able to execute real world projects on your PC.

Students get a well rounded program that includes a thorough understanding of industrial electronics and essential troubleshooting techniques necessary to maintain, repair and program a wide array of industrial electronic equipment including robotics, servos and programmable logic controllers.

The CIE instruction staff recently added the Allen-Bradley simulator lab to include 10 projects that mimic the look, feel and operation of Rockwell's PLC editing software RSLogix 500.

What You Will Learn

Start with the basics and then move on to more advanced electronics and PLC training topics:

  • Identifying components
  • AC and DC circuit theory
  • Working with printed circuit boards
  • Designing and troubleshooting motion control circuits
  • Pressure systems and flow control
  • Robotics
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • PLC programming
  • PLC troubleshooting
  • Servomechanisms
  • Servo motors
  • Systematic troubleshooting and more!


Course Descriptions

Students graduate with a firm understanding of the electronics technology found in Industrial Electronics along with the knowledge of how to program and troubleshoot PLCs with the PLC training lab.

In addition, students gain the ability to read and understand many different types of schematics and operational manuals.

DC Circuit Theory online course1. DC Circuit Theory
This course covers the fundamentals of current, voltage and resistance.

Explore the principles of DC circuits including Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's laws, series and parallel circuits and equivalent circuits.

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AC Circuit Theory online course2. AC Circuit Theory
This course is designed to explore the principles of AC circuits by identifiying components, rectifiers and basic amplifiers.  Students will understand digital circuits and relays that are used in AND, OR and NOT circuits.

Electric fields, charges, capacitor operation, phase and reactance are covered as well.

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Semiconductors and Troubleshooting Electronics online learning course3. Semiconductors and Troubleshooting Electronics
Explore semiconductors in practical circuits with emphasis on power supplies. Learn how to use electronic test equipment to troubleshoot electronics circuits.

Radio-Frequency amplifiers are covered along with operation of solid state devices such as diodes and transistors. Learn about operational amplifiers and other analog circuits commonly found in the field of Industrial Electronics.
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Industrial Control and PLC Operation online learning course4. NEW - Industrial Control and PLC Operation
Learn the essentials of industrial maintenance and control from servomechanisms to instrumentation. The components, circuits, instruments, control techniques, calibration, tuning and programming associated with industrial automated systems are introduced. 

This course will focus on the operation, rather than mathematical design concepts.

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PLC Training5. NEW - PLC Training Lab
Learn ladder logic programming through a series of interactive labs on CD. Simulate Allen-Bradley's RSLogix 500 by running industrial process equipment such as conveyors, batch mixing tanks, pumps and bottling plants. Responds to the signals of the PLC in the same manner that actual process equipment and sensors would respond.

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Industrial Electronics with PLC Lab
24 @ $85


  • Enroll on-line in Course 5.
  • Includes educational resources like instructor support, a video library and online exams.
  • Call (800) 243-6446 with any questions or e-mail us.
  • Courses available to residents of the United States, Australia and countries located in North America. Ohio residents will be enrolled under standard tuition rates.

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How Does Distance Learning Work?

Distance learning studentThe Industrial Electronics with PLC Training curriculum was created specifically for the distance learning student. It was designed to educate students who live at a distance from a college.

It contains 78 lessons that you can complete at home. CIE's step-by-step method
of learning allows you to complete each lesson at your own pace when it's convenient for you.

When you finish a lesson you can take your exam on-line on CIE's e-grade
Website anytime you want - day or night! Your test will be processed and your score emailed back to you.

Instructor support is included with tuition. CIE's qualified instructors work directly
with you one-on-one to answer your questions and provide you with technical assistance when needed. Questions about course material can be asked via e-mail, chat room, telephone or mail.

Open Enrollment Policy

CIE has an open enrollment policy and you can start this program at anytime.

One of the advantages of enrolling with CIE is that you can study at your own pace. Some students go through the program slowly, others at an accelerated level. We can accommodate almost any arrangement that suits you best and with our generous time allotment of 18 months for Course 5 you can be assured to have enough time to complete your program.

  • 78 lessons
  • Completion Time Allowed: 18 Months
  • Clock hours: 930
  • Preparation for CET Exam

Earn a Diploma from CIE

Students graduate with a Diploma in Electronics and are readily employable as electronics technicians.

They may continue their education with CIE and receive full academic and tuition credit that can be applied towards CIE's more advanced programs like courses 11 and 14B.

CIE has been teaching students via distance learning for over 80 years.


CET Preparation

Industrial Electronics also includes a study guide on how to prepare for the Associate-Level Certified Electronics Technician (CET) exam. This test is administered by the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians and has over 46,000 certified technicians across the globe! Certification enables employers to separate knowledgeable job applicants from those with less training and skills.


Student Textbook Responsibilities

Students are responsible for purchasing a limited number of textbooks for this course that are not included in tuition. Please call an Admissions Advisor at (800) 243-6446 if you have any questions.


What is a PLC?

A programmable logic controller (PLC) is a computer-based device capable of controlling many types of industrial equipment and entire automated systems.

The advent of low cost computers has made the PLC the most common choice for manufacturing controls today. They can be programmed to do a variety of functions through a simple ladder logic program.

PLCs have a strong presence on the factory floor and will probably remain predominant for some time to come. They are used in just about every industry all across the globe.

PLCs are inexpensive, flexible and can operate for years before failure.


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Lesson titles for the Industrial Electronics with PLC Technology.

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Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools Approval

Approved by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools to offer postsecondary programs of electronics technology, computer technology and electronic engineering technology. Registration Certificate 70-11-0002H.


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