Development of a Programmable Logic Controller Training Unit for Engineering Technology Curriculum
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Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction
The Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) Program at Central Washington University (CWU) offers courses in Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) applications. The program previously relied on out-of-date, rack-mounted PLC equipment to support this class. While this provided the students with a procedural introduction to PLCs, it did not allow for a conceptual understanding or real world experience with the equipment. The EET Program recently developed an updated set of PLC units utilizing the Allen-Bradley CompactLogix® L30ER controller that allowed an open platform for the laboratory component of the class while fostering a conceptual understanding of the topic.
This paper presents an overview of the development cycle of the PLC training units created to support the engineering technology courses. It also summarizes curriculum developments supporting the associated courses using the PLC units. Finally, assessment results indicating that the new equipment has notably improved the educational experience and learning outcomes of the students is presented.
Davis, N., Pringle, C., Holden, L., & Whelan, M. (2015). Development of a Programmable Logic Controller Training Unit for Engineering Technology Curriculum. 2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition Proceedings. https://doi.org/10.18260/p.23865
2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition Proceedings
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