PLC Basics Second Edition

In this course new PLC users will learn everything they need to know to setup, use, and program Programmable Logic Controllers, including:
- What a PLC is, and the different styles and types the come in
- How to understand PLC Numbering Systems & Data Types
- How Ladder Logic and Program Scans work
- How to download and use the free RSLogix PLC Software
- How to setup RSLinx serial and Ethernet drivers
Buy Now - How to Create, Download, & Test Programs
- Sensing, Timing, Counting, and other applications
- And much more! (see below for full details)

48 Lessons


In this course you'll learn everything you need to know to use and program PLCs.

Instructor: Shawn Tierney

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In this updated course designed for those new to PLCs, students will learn how to setup, use, and program Allen-Bradley PLCs using RSLogix.

What you will learn:

  • What a PLC is
  • Styles and Types of PLCs
  • Numbering Systems and Data Types
  • Ladder Logic and PLC Software
  • Setup Communications
  • Creating and Running Programs
  • Sensing, Timing, Counting, and more

Who should take this course:

Anyone who would like to learn how to use and program a Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC.)

What is required to follow along:

If you would like to follow along with the instructor, you will need a personal computer running Microsoft Windows XP, 7, or 10 to run the free software used in this course.

And while the instructor demonstrates how to download the free programming, communications, and emulation software used, he cannot guarantee that students in every part of the world will have access to Rockwell's downloads.

What is included with the course:

To see what is included with this course please see the enrollment options.

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Shawn really takes to heart what he teaches, and does it very well. I would recommend this course to anyone who really wants to start learning plc's. GOOD JOB SHAWN


This is excellent training for beginners. It is very detailed and full of valuable information. I would recommend this to any hobbyist / technician / engineer / scientist with no prior PLC knowledge or experience.


The tutor has made the videos in a clever fashion. They are not too long to make you bored. At the same time, he delivers the necessary information. Definitely would recommend this to any beginner!


From having no knowledge of plc's and ladder logic, to creating simple programs, This course did exactly what it was supposed to do, introduction into plc's.


Course is very good at presenting the PLC hardware and basic programming instructions. Instructor speaks very clearly, and details what is being demonstrated.


This course was excellent at getting the inside concepts of a plc and what it does! Shawn had me running a plc program in a emulator within hours.


Instructor is confident and very well organized. Presents the basics in a clear and concise manner. Videos are of high quality.


Very informative and well structured course. Easy to follow and great for the beginner.


The content covers all the topics you need to start with PLC's and the instructor explains very clear.


Easy and simple, clear and for everyone understandable. Very instructive and good instructor too!


Very informative and easy to understand!!!! A great way to get a basic knowledge of PLC!!


This course was very clear to understand. It has taught me a lot of useful information,


It is informative and interesting and the lessons come in an easy to digest format.


I really enjoyed this course. Excellent work Shawn and thank you very much.


Very well detailed information and demonstration.

Note: All of the above reviews are unsolicited public reviews posted by paying students


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Lesson 01: Course Introduction

Lesson 02: PLC Hardware Section

Lesson 03: What is a PLC?

Lesson 04: Where are PLCs used?

Lesson 05: Anatomy of a PLC

Lesson 06: Hardware Styles, Types

Lesson 07: Common Inputs, Outputs

Lesson 08: PLCs used in this course

Lesson 09: MicroLogix Hardware Tour

Lesson 10: Programming Cables

Lesson 11: Manuals, Docs

Lesson 12: Numbers and Data

Lesson 13: Numeral Systems

Lesson 14: Types of Numbers

Lesson 15: Units of Digital Info

Lesson 16: Data Types

Lesson 17: Ladder Logic

Lesson 18: What is Ladder Logic

Lesson 19: Download, Install, Setup

Lesson 20: Free PLC Software

Lesson 21: Installing PLC Software

Lesson 21B: Windows 10 Update!

Lesson 22: PLC Software Basics

Lesson 23: PLC Memory

Lesson 24: Emulate, RSLinx, Going Online

Lesson 25: Serial Comms

Lesson 26: Ethernet Comms

Lesson 27: PLC Programming

Lesson 28: Basic Bit Instructions

Lesson 29: Simple Motor Control

Lesson 30: Run Stop Indication

Lesson 31: Bin Full Detection

Lesson 32: Troubleshooting Control

Lesson 33: Intro to Timers

Lesson 34: Sense Jam, No parts

Lesson 35: Elapsed Run Time

Lesson 36: Delay Time

Lesson 37: Timers Extra Credit

Lesson 38: Intro to Counters

Lesson 39: Part Counting

Lesson 40: Copy Part Counts

Lesson 41: Conditional Reset

Lesson 42: Creating a Clock

Lesson 43: ADD and SUB

Lesson 44: MUL and DIV

Lesson 45: GRT and LES

Lesson 46: Final Lesson

Appendix A - Parts Used