Automation 3

9-credit Certificate

Write Visual Basic language programs to interface a PLC to external devices used in industrial systems. Use the newest programming language with cutting-edge automation controller platforms. Explore the concepts of event- and time-driven programming, and learn the basics of vision systems, Human Machine Interface (HMI) and other devices.

Explore the basics of DC and AC drives, including operational controls, characteristics, drive functionality, and PC and field bus interfacing. Gain hands-on experience in drive set-up and wiring, and become familiar with servo control during lab work. Learn safe troubleshooting and testing practices.

Build an understanding of industrial sensors including limit, Hall-Effect, photoelectric and proximity switches; and explore instrumentation, operational theory and elements of open- and closed-loop systems, and the calibration of process control and flow metering devices.

Credits from this short-term certificate program may be applied toward the General Manufacturing AAS degree and other degree and diploma programs within the manufacturing area of the School of Applied Technologies.

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 605-139 Human Machine Interfaces3  
 605-191 PLC 32  
 605-196 Drives and Intro to Servos2  
 605-197 Sensors and Process Control2  
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.