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Advanced Courses in Programmable Controllers for Engineering Technology

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

New Course Development Concepts in ET

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Engineering Technology

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23.143.1 - 23.143.16



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William T. Evans PhD P.E. University of Toledo

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Dr. William Evans earned the Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 2005 from the University of Toledo, the M.S.EE in 1975 from the University of Toledo, and the B.S.EE in 1971 from the University of Illinois (UIUC). Dr. Evans has fifteen years experience as controls engineer for industry and 27 years experience as professor of Electrical Engineering Technology, U. of Toledo.

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Advanced Course in Programmable Controls for Engineering Technology – UpdateAbstract:Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s) have been utilized in industry since the early1970’s and the application of PLC’s has long been considered a required course formajors in Electrical Engineering Technology. The EET program at the University ofxxxxxx contains a course in PLC’s at the sophomore level. Course content is comprisedof instruction in programming, some programming applications, and the hardware of oneor more types of PLC. A second course, in the senior year, is structured to maximize thestudent’s employability. The content of these two courses is the topic of this paper.This paper was originally presented at the 2004 Illinois-Indiana Section ASEE meeting inDekalb, Illinois. Since then, a complete overhaul of the courses has occurred. The paperdiscusses the changes to the courses including hardware and software as well as othertopics pertinent to the courses.New equipment including the Siemens 1200 and the Allen-Bradley CompactLogix L23processors have been purchased and integrated into the coursework. This equipmentforms the basis of the new courses.Reasons for using this equipment as well as benefits gained by switching to thisequipment form the rationale of the paper.

Evans, W. T. (2013, June), Advanced Courses in Programmable Controllers for Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19157

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