PLC Basics Standard Second Edition

In this standard course new 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 they come in
- Understanding Numbering Systems, Data Types, and Ladder Logic Programs
- How to download and use the free RSLogix PLC Software, and setup RSLinx
- How to create, download, & test programs and motor control
- And more! (click here for full details)

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PLC Basics, Standard Edition is designed for those students who have basic electrical knowledge and would like to learn how to setup, program, and troubleshoot PLCs. The specific PLCs covered in this course include the Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1000 and 1100, both of which can be programmed using the free RSLogix Micro Starter Lite software.

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
  • What Ladder Logic is and how it works
  • How to setup Serial and Ethernet Communications
  • Creating, Testing, and Troubleshooting MicroLogix Programs in RSLogix
  • How to integrate Push Buttons, Pilots Lights, Motors and Photo Eyes with PLC Logic
  • How to use PLCs in a Motor Control and Part Sensing applications

NOTE: Are you looking for a course that covers basic and advanced topics? If you are, check out “PLC Basics Extended Second Edition” which also includes free course updates, a second copy of all the lessons for offline viewing on mobile devices, and a copy of all The Automation Minute episodes on the same subject.

Who should take this course:

Anyone with basic electrical knowledge who would like to learn how to use, program, and troubleshoot Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs.)

Requirements to complete optional exercises or follow along:

Students who wish to complete optional exercises, or follow along with the instructor as he programs, will need the following:

  • An internet connection to download the free RSLogix programming and emulation software from Rockwell's website
  • A Windows PC compatible with the above software

Note: The free RSLogix software supports these Windows versions:

  • Windows XP Pro SP3 32-bit
  • Windows Vista, Home or Business
  • Windows 7, Home or Pro
  • Windows 8, Home or Pro
  • Windows 10 (Unofficially, instructor tested)

Students who wish to program a physical PLC (as opposed to using the free Emulator) will also need:

  • A Windows PC with either a USB or Serial Port (Ethernet can be used with the 1100 & 1400)
  • A MicroLogix Programming Cable (either USB or Serial to Mini-Din) for use with all MicroLogix models, or Ethernet cables for use with the MicroLogix 1100 & 1400 (USB, Serial, and Ethernet cables are covered in the course)
  • If using the free RSLogix software, students can use either an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1000 or 1100
  • If using a licensed copy of RSLogix Micro or RSLogix 500, students can use any MicroLogix
  • NOTE: The specific PLCs covered in this course are the MicroLogix 1000 and 1100
  • Any Inputs (push buttons, switches, etc) or Outputs (pilot lights, relays, etc) the student would like to use with their PLC
  • NOTE: While the course covers how to find I/O wiring diagrams, it does not include lessons on basic electricity or wiring I/O devices

What is included with the course:

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

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Sample Lesson

This lesson covers the benefits of the PLCs used in this course, chief among them is free programming and emulation software.




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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Learn everything you need to know to begin to use & program PLCs!
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Can Upgrade To Extended Edition
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New 2019 Lessons Not Included
Mobile Downloads of Video Lessons Not Included
60+The Automation Minute Episodes Not Included

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Learn everything you need to know (and more!) to use & program PLCs!
Lifetime Access To Extended Edition
Online Course Completion Certificate
Immediate Access Upon Payment
Instructor Lead Lesson Q&A
Can Upgrade From Standard Edition
Advanced Topics Included!
All New 2019 Lessons Included!
Mobile Downloads of Lessons via Vimeo Included!
60+ The Automation Minute Episodes Included!

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