Electrical With PLC Diploma


Program Description

This Electrical Diploma Program prepares the student with technical skills and practical knowledge to perform installation tasks, services, and repairs in the electrical trade specializing in PLC (Programmable Logic Controller). Florida Technical College graduates from this electrical training program will be able to fill positions as electrician helpers for service and construction firms in residential, commercial, and industrial businesses associated with the electrical trade industry.

DISCLAIMER: In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this program is temporarily delivered 100% online. When the Florida Commission for Independent Education’s approval for temporary distance education ends, the remainder of the program will revert to in-person teaching on campus.
For more information, please see the catalog or speak with a school representative.

Possible Employment Opportunities *

  • Electrician’s helper/ apprentice (residential, commercial and industrial electrical systems)
  • Maintenance and Repair Workers
  • Electrical Service Technician

Credential Earned

Electrical With PLC Diploma

Related Certifications and Credentials

  • OSHA 10 Safety Training Course
  • NCCER Core Curriculum
  • NCCER Electrical Level 1, 2, 3

Duration of the Program

12 Months | 64 quarter credit hours
Total Contact Hours: 900
Lecture Hours: 300
Lab Hours: 600

Core Courses

Safety and Craft Skills

This course encompasses classroom and lab work study of introductory safety and craft skills. Areas of study and training include basic safety, construction math, hand and power tools, basics of construction drawings, rigging, communication skills, employability skills, and material handling. Department of Labor and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations applicable to general industry are also covered.

Introduction to Electrical Trades

This electrical course will initiate Florida Technical College students in the electrical trades and its safety standards. Students will discuss electrical theory, basic electrical circuits, and the National Electrical Codes (NEC). In addition, they will learn about devices used in common electrical installations and demonstrate electrical metallic tubing (EMT) bending techniques.

Raceway Systems & Electrical Construction Drawings

In this electrical course, Florida Technical College students will be introduced to residential wiring methods in the electrical field. Students will learn to interpret electrical construction drawings. They will install conductors and cables in electrical raceway systems. In addition, they will use various types of electrical test equipment such as the volt/ohmmeter/ammeter and the meggar. Students will learn how to make power calculations in alternating current (AC).

AC & DC Motor Control

This electrical course will provide Florida Technical College students with general knowledge to describe alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) motor control circuitry, including their connections and components. Students will be able to demonstrate installation of lighting fixtures with various lamp types. In addition, they will learn to calculate complex conduit bends and install pull and junction boxes, as well as cable in conduit systems. They will also learn how to utilize and install cable trays.

Course Prerequisite: SKL1000 and ELE1101

Circuit Breakers & Branch Circuits

This electrical course provides an overview of how to prepare cable ends for terminations and splices, grounding and bonding requirements, and principles of circuit breakers and fuses (overcurrent devices). Florida Technical College students will practice installation of relays and troubleshoot control circuits. Finally, students will be introduced to calculating branch circuit and feeder loads for residential, commercial, and motor applications.

Course Prerequisite: SKL1000, ELE1101, ELE1102

Electrical Services & Transformers

This electrical course covers the installation, termination, and testing for voice data and video cabling systems. Florida Technical College students will be able to describe the calculations required to size the conductors and overcurrent protection needed for motor calculations. The components, installations considerations, National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements for commercial electrical services, and various transformer applications will also be discussed.

Course Prerequisite: SKL1000, ELE1101, ELE1102

Overcurrent Protection & Electrical Calculations

In this electrical course, students will study the components and installations requirements for switchboard and switchgear. Florida Technical College students will be able to interpret electrical diagrams related to the installation of distribution equipment, and practice testing and troubleshooting circuit breakers and fuses, including analyzing hazardous locations. Students will study how to identify and select the appropriate lighting fixtures. They will also learn how to calculate wire sizes, conductor resistance, and voltage drops for multiple applications.

Course Prerequisite: ELE1104

Electrical System Calculations

In this electrical course, Florida Technical College students will focus on various types of calculations for commercial and light industrial electrical applications such as branch, circuit, and feeder loads and services. The course will also review the installation of electrical systems in healthcare facilities.

Course Prerequisite: ELE1104

Fundamentals of Emergency & Renewable Energy Systems

In this electrical course, Florida Technical College students will study and identify the requirements for installation of electric generators and storage batteries according to the National Electrical Code (NEC). Students will review the fundamentals of fire alarm systems as it pertains to technology, codes, and troubleshooting techniques. Finally, students will learn aspects of modern motor maintenance.

Course Prerequisite: ELE1103

Digital Electronics

In this electrical course, Florida Technical College students will learn about various digital subsystems (logic assemblies) and their use in digital computing and control systems. Students will review basic electronic concepts applicable to HVAC systems, focusing on performing analyses and problem diagnosis. Finally, they will troubleshoot electrical boards inside HVAC systems, as well as low pressure and high pressure switches.

Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)

In this electrical course, Florida Technical College students will study programmable logic controller (PLC) theory and programming. Students will learn about programmable logic controllers and how they are used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. In addition, they will examine the process of programming and operating a PLC, focusing on the software, programming language, and ladder logic diagrams used.

Programmable Logic Controller Units: Lab

In this electrical course, Florida Technical College students will learn how to program and operate a PLC, focusing on wiring diagrams and ladder logic diagrams. In addition, they will learn to successfully troubleshoot a PLC to ensure the operation runs smoothly.

Course Prerequisite: PLC3005

Related Programs

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    Electrical Orlando Campus
    Electrical Kissimmee Campus

Campuses Available

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or a recognized equivalent.

Possible Employment Opportunities *

  • Electrician’s Helper/apprentice (residential, commercial, and industrial electrical systems)
  • Maintenance and Repair Workers

*These examples are intended to serve only as a general guide of possible employment opportunities. There are many factors that determine the job an individual may obtain and Florida Technical College cannot guarantee its graduates any particular job. Some positions may require a license, degree, experience or other industry certifications. We encourage you to research the requirements for the particular position you desire. Program availability varies by campus.

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