What Will I Learn?

  • History of PLC’s in production and manufacturing
  • PLC hardware types and identification
  • Industrial communication systems
  • Configuring a project
  • Adding I/O
  • Programming instructions
  • PLC troubleshooting


Most production facilities rely on Programmable Logic Controllers throughout their processes. This hands-on course will help participants understand the basics of PLCs and start them on their way to programming, maintaining and troubleshooting these devices. While the principles taught apply to any programmable controller, the hands-on activities will use Allen Bradley equipment and RSLogix 5000 software.

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 an electrician or technician who works on or around industrial processes. Licensed electricians will earn 8 hours of CEU credit through the Idaho Division of Building Safety.

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Instructor Bio

Jake Ball

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.