Programmable Control Technician I Certificate (PC81)

The Programmable Control Technician I certificate program offers specialized training in programmable controllers. Topics include motor control fundamentals and instruction in basic and advanced PLCs.

Employment Opportunities

The Programmable Control Technician I program is intended to produce graduates who are prepared for employment as industrial maintenance electricians with a background in programmable control systems.

Admissions Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript,
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet the following assessment requirements:
Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra
Accuplacer 36 30 23 NA
Accuplacer (Next Gen) 218 222 223 NA
Compass 70 32 26 NA
SAT 16 15 18 NA
SAT 270 280 310 NA
ACT 14 13 14 NA
ASSET 37 38 32 NA
PSAT 16 15 18 NA
GED NA 145 145 NA
TABE 461 NA 442 NA

Programmable Control Technician I Curriculum

The curriculum for the Programmable Control Technician I certificate program is designed for the semester system. A student may enter the program during fall and spring semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 12 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 345 contact hours and generally takes 1 semester to complete.

Program Courses


IDSY 1110Industrial Motor Controls I


IDSY 1120Basic Industrial PLC's


IDSY 1220Intermediate Industrial PLC's


Program Costs

Tuition ($100 per credit hour): $1,200

Fees ($385 per semester): $770

Books/Supplies: $300

Course Supply Fees: Electrical Systems Technology (click to find individual course fees) 

(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)