Industrial Technology

Do you need to upgrade the skills of your staff? Central Community College offers an extensive list of courses related to industrial maintenance. These courses can be offered at the college or on site.  We can customize our training programs to meet your organization’s unique needs and culture.

Our courses offer convenience, flexibility and relevance because they are based on real-world applications and taught by industry experts. In addition, our flexible training ensures that you get exactly what you need, when you need it.

You’ll find the classes we offer listed below, and you can expand the tabs to see course descriptions. You can find upcoming courses with our Community & Industry Class Search. Please remember that we also can customize classes to meet your specific needs.

Advanced Programmable Logic Controls

This three-day session is intended to provide the skills needed to write, enter and test SLC 500 programs using the advanced programming instructions and RSLogix 500 software. Hands-on practice is provided using trainers and simulators with actual SLC 500 system control stations.

Prerequisite: General knowledge of machine controls and a basic understanding of programming PLCs.

  • Review of basic plc
  • Comparison instructions
  • Move and logical instructions
  • Masking
  • Program control instructions
  • Shift registers
  • Stacking instructions (FIFO and LIFO)
  • Data handling instructions
  • Indexed and indirect addressing
  • Sequencers
  • Online editing
  • Forcing
  • I/O interrupts
  • Write, enter and test advanced program instructions
Basic Programmable Logic Controls

This three-day session is intended to provide generic background theory, applications information and programming practices. Who should attend: Anyone who uses specifies or maintains PLC-based systems such as engineers, maintenance technicians, sales or application personnel.

Prerequisite: Basic electricity and general knowledge of machine controls.

  • General PLC information and history
  • I/O Hardware overview
  • Software introduction
  • Introduction to the basic programming instructions
  • Setting up the communication link
  • Downloading and going online with a controller
  • PLC numbering systems and conversions
  • PLC data files and addressing
  • Typical wiring connections
  • Converting relay logic diagrams to PLC commands
  • Timers, Counters and typical applications
  • Designing ladder logic programs
  • PLC system troubleshooting
  • Typical Industrial control projects

Hands-on practice is provided using custom Allen Bradley MicroLogix 1500 trainers with RSLogix 5000 and RSLinx software.

Basic RSLogix 5000

This three-day session is intended to provide the basic skills needed to understand the RSLogix 5000 software and Logix family of programmable automation controllers. Participants will use AB’s CompactLogix controller with a Festo I/O simbox and EasyVeep simulation software to reinforce the learning objectives.

Prerequisite: General knowledge of window-based operating systems. Basic understanding of machine controls.

  • Understanding of Control Systems
  • Overview of the Logix family of hardware
  • Identifying RSLogix 5000 software components
  • Identifying industrial networks
  • Creating and organizing a project
  • Programming basic ladder logic offline
  • Configuring RSLinx
  • Uploading and downloading to the controller
  • Creating and editing tags
  • Alias tags
  • Monitoring and editing projects online
  • Entering and editing instructions
  • Projects

At least half of the class is devoted to hands-on experience on the CompactLogix trainers in order to achieve optimum retention and development of practical application skills.

Electrical Fundamentals

This three-day seminar is a common sense guide to learning electrical principles and troubleshooting.

The course is a combination of presentation and hands-on training with custom made consoles, taught from a troubleshooting perspective. Approximately 50% is devoted to hands-on exercises to achieve optimum retention of practical application skills.

  • Electrical terminology and units of measurement.
  • Ohms law presentation and examples.
  • Electrical safe work practices.
  • Series circuit rules and troubleshooting techniques.
  • Series circuit labs.
  • Parallel circuit rules and troubleshooting techniques.
  • Parallel circuit labs.
  • Using a digital multimeter for resistance, voltage and current measurements.
  • Shock hazards and grounding.
  • Basic wire sizing and color coding.
  • Characteristics and testing of switches, fuses, transformers, etc.
  • Use and design of schematic drawings for wiring and troubleshooting circuits.

Digital multimeters are provided for participant use during the training. If you prefer, bring the meter used in your daily work. Participants are encouraged to bring a calculator.

Intro to Technical Diagrams

This two-day training seminar is a guide to learning Technical Diagrams. Electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic drawing, diagrams and schematics are included. This course is a combination of lecture and presentations taught from a troubleshooting perspective.

  • Electrical pictorial diagrams
  • Single and ladder style line drawings
  • Simple AC and DC circuits
  • Simple series and parallel circuits
  • Schematic line and connection descriptions
  • Understanding electrical symbols
  • Schematic title blocks
  • Pneumatic and hydraulic diagrams
  • Piping schematics, to include local areas and phantom lines
  • Identifying fluid power connections
  • Orthographic # Isometric Projections
  • Valve Identification and schematic symbols
Mechanical Systems

This three-day training seminar is a common sense guide to learning Mechanical Systems and Power Transmission. This course is a combination of presentations and hands on training taught from a troubleshooting perspective.

  • Fundamental laws and principles of mechanics and mechanical reasoning.
  • Simple machines (gears, pulleys and levers)
  • Subjects to include but not limited to force, torque, work and power
  • Identify different types of gears, belts and pulleys
  • Identify bearing types and usage, to include failure analysis
  • Fastener identification and bolt grades
  • Hand tool identification and proper usage, including drilling and tapping
  • Industrial measurement techniques, including the proper use of steel rules, calipers and micrometers
  • Lubrication techniques
  • Chains and chain drives
  • Clutches, brakes and couplers
  • Sealants and adhesives
Motor Controls and Relay Logic

This three-day training seminar focuses on motor control and relay logic. The workshop is a combination of presentation and hands-on training taught from a troubleshooting perspective. Fifty percent of the class time is devoted to a hands-on experience with the custom trainer consoles in order to achieve optimum retention and development of practical application skills.

  • Review of electrical fundamentals
  • Single- and three-phase AC power systems
  • Electrical safety considerations
  • Characteristics of three-phase motors
  • Motor starters: theory and operation, sizing, overload selection/setting, full voltage and reversing
  • Two- and three-wire control: Start, stop, jog, overload indications, etc.
  • Theory and use of relays, timers and other control devices
  • Industrial symbology and line logic design
  • Use of line and schematic drawings in troubleshooting
  • Plenty of hands-on wiring and troubleshooting of control circuits

While digital multimeters are provided please feel free to bring the DMM that you normally would use at your place of employment.


This four-day course uses a combination of training methods. Topics are covered in a lecture format along with student workbooks. The student will then design circuits using a computer layout and simulation program. Once a circuit has been checked, it is constructed and operated on the trainer board using actual valves, cylinders and compressed air source.

  • Cylinders: single and double acting
  • Control valves: position and way combinations
  • Cylinder direction control
  • Cylinder speed control
  • Cylinder force control
  • Compressed air supply
  • Fluid power symbols and schematics
Variable Frequency Drives

Variable Frequency Drives

This two-day course gives maintenance technicians, specifiers and supervisors insights to VFD theory and operation, installation considerations, problem solving in existing systems and familiarity with typical setup parameters.

Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) are increasingly used in motor speed control applications. They are becoming more cost effective and continue to offer greater capability and reliability. Students will make the drive perform various functions through programming parameters and wiring connections. A workbook and reference material will be provided.

  • Three-phase induction motor information
  • VFD capabilities and theory of operation
  • VFD keyboard operator interface
  • VFD setup and parameter input
  • VFD start and stop methods
  • VFD speed control methods
  • VFD installation considerations
  • Using VFDs for energy efficiency
  • VFD fault diagnosis and troubleshooting

Approximately half of the class is devoted to hands-on experience on the custom AB PowerFlex 525 training stations in order to achieve maximum retention and development of practical application skills.