What Will I Learn?

  • Configuration, testing and troubleshooting of Ethernet based communications systems
  • Establish and troubleshoot communications with Programmable Logic Controllers, Variable Frequency Drives, and Remote I/O systems
  • Properly use tools such as protocol analyzers, loopback testers, media converters and protocol converters
  • Introduction to network planning and security


Modern automation and control systems rely on advanced communications to connect people, equipment and processes. Explore the what, how, where and why of industrial communications systems. This course explores the different types of media including copper, fiber optic and wireless through applied experiences. Learn about the various protocols such as serial, Ethernet, Modbus, Device net, ControlNet, HART, and Profibus.

Walk Away With

  • Training workbook, with extensive notes, to use during the course and on the job site
  • Certification of Completion provided by CSI Workforce Development and Training
  • 8 Hours of Electrical CEU credits through the Idaho Division of Building Safety

Who Should Attend?

This course is ideal for anyone who deals with modern industrial communications systems, including engineers, technicians, operators and management personnel.

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Instructor Bio

Jake Ball has spent the past 18 years working as a technician, consultant and training instructor in various industrial fields.  He has a background in food processing, petroleum, chemicals, mining, power production, and weapons. His experience in this time is diverse, ranging from doing functional checkout tests on fire and gas systems for BP in Alaska to teaching Electronics Technology in Idaho at the high school level, to implementing training programs for Newmont Gold in Africa.  

Jake earned an Associate’s degree inInstrumentation and Automation from Idaho State University, where he later was an instructor in the same program.  He has a B.S. in Network Design and Management, as well current master electrician licenses in many states, including Idaho, Utah, California, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado.  He is a member of the National Fire Prevention Association and holds a Certified Electrical Safety Worker certificate. He is also approved as an instructor for NFPA NEC code courses through the state of Idaho.  

In addition to his practical industrial experience Jake has training and certifications in many related fields, including Emergency Medical Technician; Allen Bradley ControlLogix Motion Control, Maintenance and Troubleshooting; Comp-TIA A+, Network+, Project+, Linux+ and Security+; Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert Windows Server 2012 Administration; OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.