Introduction to Automation – Electrical, PLCs & HMI

Dates: 13th May, 2024 - 15th May, 2024 (3 days)

Duration: 3 days

Location: 7 Centre Court, Blyry Business and Commercial Park, Athlone N37 RT29

Accreditation: Certificate of Attendance

Full Fee: €1095

Programme overview

With the growing emphasis on automation in manufacturing and the move towards Industry 4.0 (the smart factory), it is essential that technicians and engineers are equipped with the skills and competencies to work with electrical equipment, PLCs, HMIs (Allen Bradley and Siemens), robotics and pneumatics to critically reduce the downtime and increase the uptime.


This 3 day Electrical PLC’s & HMi hands-on course is the ideal taster for anyone wishing to upskill in the area of automation before deciding to progress to more intensive training in PLC’s and HMi’s. With a strong mix of theory and practical work, participants will gain experience working on our specially designed Electrical PLC & HMi system which replicates those found in industry.


Critical areas covered include:


  • Reading of Schematic Electrical Drawings
  • Power Distribution Circuits
  • Resolving Safety interlock issues with Safe Guard Relays, Safety Monitoring Relays & Light Curtains
  • Set-up and Program LOGO PLC for the System to include:
    • System Healthy indication
    • System safety interlocks indication
    • Motor Start Stop incorporating a Photocell to monitor Product on a production line
  • Set-up the LOGO HMi to display Static & Dynamic Fault Indication



Unique to First Polymer Training Skillnet, this customised course been designed as step 2 within our Automation Career Progression Pathway.



Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Design and Write basic PLC programs and generate SCADA HMi graphics for industrial applications
  • Trouble Shoot Electrical hardware & software whilst using PLCs or SCADA HMI graphics
  • Involve participants in workshops, designed to develop their own applications and advance their Electrical, PLC’s and HMi skills

In addition, participants will:

  • understand that the Production Machine including ROBOT is not functional as the Safety Interlocks are not healthy
  • be able to fault find around the Safety Relay & Light Curtain
  • be able to intercept the LOGO PLC Code
  • Understand that every Production Machine incorporates Safety Interlocking Circuits. And that the ROBOT is not moving because the Production Machine is being held out by the Machine Interlocks.

Who Is This Course For

This hands-on 3 day programme is designed as an introduction for any personnel that wish to advance their careers in to the world of Industrial Automation. It is suitable for Process Technicians/Engineers/Production Shift Supervisors and any technical personnel who wish to gain a good practical knowledge of the area.

Course Pre-requisites

The course has been designed as step 2 within our Automation Pathway. We would highly recommend completing step 1 in the pathway – our Maintenance Electrical course prior to completing this programme (however this is not a requirement).

No prior knowledge of PLCs or HMI’s is required. This is a beginners course and all are welcome. The course assumes that participants are able to operate a keyboard and have PC computer skills.

Course Content

  • Interpret Wiring Schematic Drawings Power Distribution, Safety Interlocks & E_Stop Circuits
  • Understand Machine Interlocks Safety Relays E_Stops and Light Curtains
  • How to Program LOGO PLC’s
  • How to set-up LOGO HMi incorporating Static & Dynamic Display
  • Understand and being able to set-up LOGO HMi Alarm graphics
  • How to Fault find around PLC / HMi Network

Continued Learning Opportunities With Other Relevant Courses

First Polymer Training Skillnet’s programmes are designed to offer continued skills development and career enhancement opportunities. The courses below are recommended as step 3 in our Automation career progression pathway.

Trainer Profile

Desmond Foley is the founder and MD of Focus Automation. He has worked in the Automation Industry for more than 30 years in many industries including Pharmaceutical, Power Generation, Oil and Gas, Food and Beverage and Medical Supplies. He has been responsible for activities ranging from design, program development, testing and commissioning of PLC control systems, to the management of automation projects as a Senior Projects/Automation Engineer.

Qualifications Des has a BSc in Engineering, Dip in EE and Dip in HR.

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