Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 5:30 PM CDT
Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 8:30 PM CDT

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Black River Technical College 
P.O. Box 1565
1 Black River Drive
Paragould, AR 72451

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Patricia Sanderson 








Automation Technology I - 2023 

This specialized automation training will focus on Programmable Logic Controllers, industrial devices, and sensors used to control manufacturing processes and equipment. Also enabling electrical maintenance, PLC technicians, and systems engineers to better understand and utilize their PLC technology which will help reduce downtime and waste.

The following topics/content will be taught during the program.  Participants will attend class two evenings a week: for a total of 6 classroom hours per week.  

First Semester—90 hours

  • Voltage, Current, Resistance                              
  • OHM’s Law                                                       
  • Series & Parallel Circuits                                  
  • Transformers                                                       
  • Intro to Electrical/Electronic -Components           
  • Development of Wiring Diagrams                         
  • Numbering Systems & Codes                              
  • Intro to PLC Hardware Components                    
  • Fundamentals of PLC Logic                                

Black River developed this program in response to needs expressed by area industries for n-depth, formal automation technology training to help present employees program devices to full potential.  

The program starts with fundamentals and ends with advanced concepts.   Thus, this program can serve both beginners and those who have programmed for years but want to understand complexities better.

Who should attend this program - Personnel involved with the maintenance and troubleshooting of automated systems controlled by a PLC.

Non-Member - $1,995.00

Member - $ 1,795.00

April 4, 2023 - July 13, 2023

Tuesday & Thursday evenings

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

If you are a GCITC member company, please be aware that this registration commits your company to pay for the class whether your employees attend or not.  After the class begins you will receive an invoice from GCITC.

For non-members, the online registration system does not accept credit card or paypal payments at this time, so please be sure to mail your check made payable to BRTC/GCITC within a few days after registration, as you will not be officially registered until we receive your payment for the class. 

Patricia Sanderson

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