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Programmable Logic Controller Training Offered

Programmable Logic Controller

Manufacturing is alive and well in the U.S., and industrial automation in industry is providing a growing number of jobs for technically trained people who can build, program, integrate, service, maintain and operate PLCs. The St. Petersburg College Workforce Institute is proud to offer you training to become a Programmable Logic Controller, or “PLC”.

Programmable Logic Controller Jobs

Job opportunities for Programmable Logic Controller technicians include programming, packaging, power generation, mining, machine design and building automated systems. Other career options are maintenance, transportation, systems integration, component testing, technical sales, quality control, electrical, mechanical, computer, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.

PLC Technicians also:

  • install and repair industrial electronic equipment, including I/O networks, data highways and variable speed drives
  • process control equipment
  • write PLC programs for a wide variety of automated control systems, ranging from simple on-off controls to robotics

The 30-hour SPC Workforce Institute PLCs Certification Program is a hybrid program providing 12 hours of online courseware, 15 hours of intensive hands-on lab activities, and three hours of online preparation for the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) exam.

Sign up for our upcoming PLC Courses here

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Did you also know that we can offer this training privately to your company or organization? Contact us at the Workforce Institute for more information by emailing or calling (727) 341-4445.

For more information on upcoming engineering and manufacturing courses, please visit the Workforce Institute’s homepage.

2017 Roboticon: Manufacturing the Future


In today’s manufacturing climate, the need to engage young people and get them interested in manufacturing is at an all time high. With the current shortage of skilled workers and engineers to meet the current demands, we at SPC jumped at the opportunity to participate at Roboticon 2017 at the USF Sundome.

At this event, there were nearly 3,000 in attendance, with over 60 robotics teams comprised of groups of highly talented young people from around Florida and from all over the country. Here they would compete in FIRST Robotics competitions that would serve as practice for the upcoming 2018 Robotics season.

We had the opportunity to engage a large room of young people in a panel discussion, where we spoke to them about the numerous levels of education they can chose and how each could articulate to a career they could enjoy and grow in.

The natural curiosity and engagement from these students was overwhelming. With the diversity of our panel, we were able to show how each of us plays a part in the progression of their talent development.

We discussed how industry certifications, apprenticeship programs and college degrees work together; how each one is an important building block throughout the course of their careers; and  how continuous learning IS continuous improvement.

In the manufacturing industry, you learn something new every day. No matter how long you are in the industry, there is always a lesson to learn and skill to gain.

At the end of the panel discussion, these young people gained a deeper understanding of how industry certificates can correlate to being more competitive when they are ready to start applying for jobs, internships or apprenticeships in the field of manufacturing.

We have to stay focused on making sure our youth know all of the potential doors that can be opened as well as understand what their future employers are looking for.

We were very thankful for this opportunity and look forward to Roboticon 2018!

For more information about Roboticon, please visit

For more information on upcoming Engineering and Manufacturing courses, please visit the Workforce Institute’s home page.