Ecotech Institute students seeking careers as electrical engineering technicians quickly learn that programmable logic controllers (PLCs), make the day-to-day work happen. These microprocessor-based devices control most industrial processes and used to be very large and expensive.
Today, PLCs are much more portable, affordable and even available to consumers. This helps make it possible to automate things on a local scale, rather than a larger scale.
Ecotech Institute offers a Programmable Logic Controls course, where students are introduced to basic theory, operation and programming of PLCs. Students also discuss timing, operation, arithmetic and logic, components and sequencers.
These classes aren't your typical lecture. These students work hands-on with PLCs to understand the programming process, controls and final effect.
At the end of each quarter, teams of students coordinate a song to a light show to demonstrate their programming skills and knowledge.