Advanced Process Automation certificate program
Next session begins August 26, 2019.
For additional information, call 570-450-3110.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a certificate from Penn State's College of Engineering.
Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30–8:30 p.m.
Math - August 26 – September 9
Electricity I - September 11 – October 7
Electricity II - October 9 – November 4
Motor Controls I - November 6 – December 11 (No class Nov. 25-29)
Motor Controls II - January 13 – February 24
PLC I - February 26 – March 16
PLC II - March 18 – April 6
PLC III - April 8–27
Course descriptions and registration information listed below.
Industrial Math and Electricity I & II
Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, August 26 to November 4
(No class Labor Day - Monday, September 2)
Times: 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
These courses will introduce the students to the basic principles of electricity including OHMS law, conductors, insulators, DC circuits, series and parallel circuits, voltage dividers, basic AC circuits, AC sine wave analysis, capacitors and inductors. Courses will cover AC theory and circuitry, time constant, AC complex numbers, reactance and impedance, LRC circuits, transformers, relays, polyphase AC circuits and power factor. An additional focus will be 16 hours of industrial math relating to electrical circuitry and the use of electrical measurement devices, i.e., fractions, decimals, formula re-arranging and meanings, vectors and basic triangle and geometric principles.
Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, November 6 to February 24
(No class Nov. 25-29)
Times: 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Module I - Motor Controls
Students in this course will learn advanced motor control circuitry through the use of ladder diagrams. Detailed analysis of motor controls circuits included forward/reverse stations and multiples start/stop stations. Students will be required to build a forward/reverse motor control station utilizing conduit and combination motor starters. Conduit bending will also be covered to the extent of its use in motor controls. Also covered will be motor controls trouble shooting.
Module II - Advanced Motor Controls/Variable Frequency Drives/Machine Controls
Students enrolled in this course will receive the next stage of training in motor controls, i.e., Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs). Students will learn to use and program the AB1305 VFD for various operations and scenarios. Emphasis will be placed on installation and troubleshooting of a motor control system using the VFD as the motor's prime control device. Various problems will be inserted into a basic system for the student to locate and repair.
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, February 26 to April 27
Times: 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Students will learn both theory and hands on training in the use of PLC hardware and software utilizing Allen Bradley PLCs and LOGIX software. Topics Include: PLC architecture overview, programming basics and how to work in and set up RSLOGIX, basic ladder logic, LOGIX execution, discrete I/O, memory addressing, XIO and XIC instructions, binary bit Instructions, timers and counters.
Students will learn both theory and hands on training in the use of PLC hardware and software utilizing Allen Bradley PLCs and LOGIX software. Topics will include sequencers, shift registers, subroutines, jump and program control instruction, move with mask instructions LIFO and FIFI instructions.
Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) troubleshooting is designed to teach the essential skills and knowledge to troubleshoot the entire PLC system. This instruction will build on concepts discussed in module 1 and 2. Topics will include PLC enclosures, electrical noise, leaky inputs/outputs, grounding, voltage fluctuations and preventive maintenance. Participants will be given plenty of hands-on experience troubleshooting simulated machine control problems during class.
Program cost: $5,750 (includes Industrial Math, Electricity I, II, Motor Controls, and PLCs)
Costs are all inclusive.
All instruction, instructional materials, administrative support and travel are included. The academic content of the training module is approved through the University College of Penn State University. All participants earn a certificate indicating their accumulated Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for their attendance at this training program.
Funding and grants available!
Registration and additional information
Director of Continuing Education
Due to demand for courses and camps, advance payment for registration is required no later than one (1) week prior to the first class. Space cannot be held without payment. Cancellations must be received at least three (3) working days prior to the first day of class, or the student will be responsible for the fee. The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.