Basic Automation

Offered by School of Engineering

Short Course / 3 days / TGS-2019507759

Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Course Fees

Course Information

To remain competitive, businesses need to increase productivity while lowering operational costs. Automation, or the use of control systems such as robots and computers, play an increasingly vital role in meeting this demand.

Learning Outcomes

Get competent in this 3-day course in industrial automation. The course will start off with lectures to teach you the necessary concepts of a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). In line with SkillsFuture, this course bridges the intermediate and advance industrial automation geared towards Industry 4.0. It is also the first step towards more advanced programming languages like Sequential Function Chart (SFC), Structured Text, Function Block, and Function Block Diagram etc.


Course Date: TBC
Application Period: TBC
Duration: 1 day
Time: 9am to 6pm
Delivery Mode: Classroom
Venue: TBC

This course may be conducted online subject to Covid-19 guidelines.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule / cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Lesson Plan

A. Introduction to PLC ladder Programming (5 hrs)
  • PLC languages and IEC 61131-3
  • Understanding Digital IO
  • PLC programming and basic ladder design logic
B. Analogue IO and data processing (4 hrs)
  • Understanding Analogue IO
  • Programming VSD
C. Human Machine Interface (3 hrs)
  • Introduction to HMI
  • Programming HMI and interface with PLC
D. Case Studies and Practical (9 hrs)
  • Conveyor system
  • Water Level Control
  • Waste Water Treatment Plant
  • Sorting Machine


Certificate of Participation will be awarded to participants who achieve at least 75% attendance.

Course Fees

Funding period for this course is from 21 Feb 2019 to 30 Sep 2024

SkillsFuture Credit
All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website to choose from the courses available on the Training Exchange course directory.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year (or up to $500 for NTUC members aged 40 years old and above) when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Please visit e2i’s website to find out more.

Enhanced training support for SMEs
For enhanced training support for SMEs, enter SME in the promo code during course application.

Long Term Visit Pass Plus (LTVP+) holders, please furnish the following documents to the course administrator to qualify for SSG funding:
Self-sponsored learner (**LTVP+): Copy of your green visit pass card, with the word ‘PLUS’ on the back of the card.
Co-sponsored learner (##LTVP+): Copy of valid and current Letter of Consent (LOC) from MOM

GST Increment in 2024
Please note that the GST rate will be revised to 9% with effect from 1 Jan 2024, as such any payable course fees will be subjected to the new GST rate adjustments in 2024.


  • The fees below are determined based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review and revision.
  • Please refer to our FAQs for more information.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Full course fees$820.80
Singaporeans aged below 40 qualified for SkillsFuture Funding$243.96
Singaporeans aged 40 & above qualified for SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy$91.96
Singaporeans qualified for Enhanced Training Support for SMEs$91.96
Singapore Permanent Residents & **LTVP+ qualified for SkillsFuture Funding $246.24
Singapore Permanent Residents & ##LTVP+ qualified for Enhanced Training Support for SMEs $94.24
Others (and Repeat Students)$820.80