Skip to main content

Programmable Logic Controller Systems (Manufacturing/Electrical Technology Module)

Status: FULL




12 Weeks


Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional




To provide the learner with a broad knowledge of automation systems, programming approaches and industrial control applications. Having successfully completed this module, the learner will be able to: 

  1. Outline the benefits of programmable control
  2. Explain the scan cycle operation of a programmable logic controller
  3. Devise structured programmes for manufacturing control applications using appropriate computer software
  4. Use a PLC to control discrete electro-mechanical and pneumatic devices in accordance with EN 60204
  5. Select an appropriate control action for a simple process model


What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements for participants wishing to take this module as a single subject, however these are not introductory level modules and some familiarity with the area as well as a level of independent study would be expected for exam success. Participants taking this module as part of the Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Technology or the Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Technology must meet the entry requirements outlined on their course pages. 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It s the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements. 

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

  • PLC control
  • PLC programming
  • Software programming
  • PLC applications
  • Control systems
  • Programming using Ladder Logic (LAD) and Sequential Function Charts (SFC) in GX Developer software for the Mitsubishi FX PLC

More Information


Blended - online and on campus (Moylish, Limerick)

12 weeks, 3 hours per week.

Tuesday evenings from 7.00pm to 10.00pm 

Please note that you are required to have access to a destop PC or laptop to participate in modules which are running in an online delivery format.

What will the time committment be?

Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college. The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.


Each taught module has a programme of continuous assessment worth 50% and a final exam worth 50%. It is necessary to pass both elements to achieve an award in the module.


Participants not registered on the Degree may request a TUS Subject Certificate (Level 7, 5 Credits) on successful completion of the module. Participants registered for the Degree will receive ECTS credits for each group of modules successfully completed. Accumulation of 60 credits will lead to the Degree Award. 

NOTE: This module may be completed as a stand-alone course, or it may be completed by eligible participants for credit towards the award of Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Technology (Level 7) or Bachelor of Engineering in ELectrical Technology (Level 7).

Application Deadline


For Queries Relating to the Course




Click here for all Flexible Learning Policies & Procedures



Skillnet funding may be available to part-fund successful applicants on the course. 

Please email Sue in Next Level Skillnet to find out more information: