Programmable Logic Controllers

Unlock Your Potential in Modern Industrial Control Systems with PLC Training

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Program Overview

Interested in the cutting-edge world of industrial automation? College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) program is designed to introduce you to the core of modern industrial control systems. This program offers in-depth training in PLCs, crucial for anyone aspiring to work in industrial automation and control.

The program is structured into two separate classes, each focusing on different aspects of PLCs. You will start with the basics and progressively advance to more complex topics. Throughout the program, you will gain hands-on experience with PLC hardware and software, learning how to program, troubleshoot, and maintain these vital systems. This training is not only about technical skills; it is about empowering you to play a pivotal role in the efficiency and innovation of modern industries.

Degree or Certificate Type



$395 – 596

Additional cost may apply.

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Learning Opportunities

  • PLC Basics: Understand the fundamental concepts of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs).
  • Advanced PLC Techniques: Dive into more complex PLC functionalities and applications.
  • Hands-On Training: Gain practical experience with real PLC hardware and software.
  • Programming and Troubleshooting: Learn to program and troubleshoot PLC systems effectively.
  • Industry-Relevant Skills: Acquire skills highly valued in industrial automation and control sectors.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

PLC Basics 1 - Certificate of Completion

PLC Basics 2 - Certificate of Completion

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Career Opportunities

  • Architectural and Civil Drafters

    Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.


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  • Mechanical Drafters

    Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.


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    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Electrical and Electronics Drafters

    Prepare wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, and layout drawings used for the manufacture, installation, or repair of electrical equipment.


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    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Drafters, All Other

    All drafters not listed separately.


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    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


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