MiraCosta College Community Education and Workforce Development

programmable logic
controller course

at MiraCosta College

about the programmable logic controller (PLC) course

A hands-on study of PLC programming and logic design using Siemens TIA S7- 1200 hardware/software, as well as ladder logic based on a RS Logix 500 emuator. Topics covered during this 30-hour course are hardware components and software interfacing to the PLC, ladder logic using switches, timers and counters, arithmetic operations, MOV operators, logic functions, shift registers and subroutines. Three simulated design projects will be assigned throughout the course. By the end of the course students will be familiar with ladder logic programming and interfacing with PLC controllers, as well as design methodologies for PLC programming.


why attend miracosta?

  • Industry relevant curriculum

  • Accelerated training to help you move up in your job

  • We will gladly work with companies willing to pay for employee training

Tuition $300

Course Length
30 hours each

Hours of Instruction
Saturday, 9:00am-3:00pm
Please see the events calendar for dates

Completion of enrollment documents. Students must be at least 18 years of age. A basic understanding of electrical circuitry is strongly recommended.

what you will learn

  • Hardware components and software interfacing to the PLC
  • Ladder logic using switches
  • Timers and counters
  • Arithmetic operations
  • MOV operators
  • Logic functions
  • Shift registers 
  • Subroutines

after course completion


If you successfully complete a program under 50 hours, we can issue a certificate for $15.

Career Paths

This training is designed to help you move up within your current company, or to enhance your skillset for your next job.

meet your instructor

Scott Hannum - Soldering InstructorLouis Rey
PLC Programming Instructor

Louis Rey, MSEE, is currently employed at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific and works in the area of tactical communications and communication architecture. Prior to SPAWAR, Louis worked for DivX and a CE Certification/Interoperability Manager with a background in video compression and digital video signal processing. He holds a master’s of science in electrical engineering from San Diego State University and has several years of teaching experience in electronics and engineering.

take the next step

We offer information sessions for many of our job training programs. The information session offers you the opportunity to learn all about the programs in a relaxed environment.
Our instructors will be available at this time to answer all of your questions. Call us at 760.795.6820 to register.

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