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Programmable Logic Controllers Certificate (C35130PL)


This certificate program is designed to provide individuals with entry-level competencies in programming and troubleshooting Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) in an industrial environment. Upon successful completion, graduates should be able to write, document, store, edit and debug ladder logic programs that are essential to the operation of factories, plants and other manufacturing facilities. Courses within the certificate may be applied toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electrical Systems Technology.

Course Sequence

Spring Semester Class Lab Credit
ELC 112 DC/AC Electricity 3 6 5
3 6 5
Fall Semester
ELN 231 Industrial Controls 2 3 3
4 3 3
Spring Semester
ELN 260 Programmable Logic Controls 3 3 4
3 3 4
Summer Semester
ELC 228 PLC Applications 2 6 4
2 6 4

Employment Outlook

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General Education Outcomes

Rockingham Community College has three general education outcomes:

Communication: Students will communicate using the conventions appropriate for the intended academic or professional audiences.

Information Literacy: Students will locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information for academic and professional tasks.

Critical Thinking: Students will analyze information and ideas and develop reasoned solutions to academic or professional problems. 

OutcomesPass Rates by Year
Information Literacy87%65%61%65%73%59%
Critical Thinking51%52%41%51%57%62%


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