Course Description

Course Code : CTRL5020

Designed for Skilled Maintenance Personnel with a solid understanding of using a PLC. Topics covered are Simatic S7-1500 Hardware, Project Setup, Hardware Setup and PLC Principles. 

We aim to help you become more proactive and confident in working with PLCs safely and efficiently in day-to-day operations and fault finding situations to reduce downtime and increase profitability.

The course has been designed to familiarise maintenance Engineers, Technicians, Electricians with the operation, configuration, programming and fault finding of a Siemens SIMATIC TIA Portal Series Programmable controller and the use of Siemens SIMATIC TIA Portal software. 

Course Objectives

To be familiar with the setup and management of projects

To understand how to setup and make changes to a hardware configuration

To understand the structure of a PLC programme and its operation

To be able to implement and edit a PLC programme including common blocks: OB, FC, FB, DB

To understand the fundamentals of PLC logic instructions in Ladder format

To understand and write more complex programming such as structured programming

To be able to use the TIA Portal Software suite to be able to determine the cause of PLC and Machine faults

Course Features

SIMATIC S7 1200 & 1500 programmable controller architecture and associated hardware

Network communications

Principles of PLC operation

Systems configuration and I/O Module addressing

Memory areas

Addressing Principles

Data Types

Introduction to TIA Portal

Methods of program representation: Ladder

Block types used within step 7: OB, FC, FB, DB, FB

Common program instruction including Timer, Counter, Move, Set/Reset, POS & NEG edge detect

Introduction to structured programmes - Sequence based approach

Program documentation

Loading, backing up and archiving of programs

SIMATIC TIA Portal fault finding principles

Diagnostics tools and facilities

System maintenance


What sets us apart from other providers is how hands-on our courses are. Our unique facilities are designed to create a practical environment for all levels of personnel. Control 2K provide complimentary training materials, text books where applicable, a buffet lunch and refreshments.