Hybrid PLC Mechatronics Overview

The courses developed in this program use the PLC to train aspiring engineers and technicians. It gives motivation to those who show interest or potentially might show interest in a career in automation. The courses are outlined at the website: hybridplc.org. The courses’ texts and videos are free. They will remain so as long as this author is involved. The videos discuss a number of low-cost programming trainers as well as a group of low-cost lab experiments. The recommended approach is a $189 Siemens PLC, programming software and cable. All that is needed to complete the training station is a computer with Windows 10 Pro, a power supply and a breadboard with some resistors and jumpers and perhaps a voltmeter – common items many may already have.
Primary Material Type:
Online Course
Other Material Types:
Open Textbook
University of Toledo
PLC, programmable logic controller, automation, engineering, mechatronics, robotics

Industry / Occupation

Industry Sector:
Manufacturing -- Miscellaneous Manufacturing -- Robotics, Mechatronics, and other Miscellaneous Manufacturing (3399)
Production Occupations -- Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic (51-4011)

Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Engineering (14)
Credit Type:
  • Credit
Credential Type:
  • None
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
Time Required:
16 weeks
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • Consultations during development of instructional materials
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • None

Copyright / Licensing

Primary License:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.