Industrial Control Programming based on IEC61131-3 PLCopen Standards

Offered by School of Engineering

Short Course / 3 days / TGS-2023025554

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Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Trainer Profile
Entry Requirements
Course Fees

Course Information

Industrial controller programming makes up the core of all applications. As such, efficiency and quality in automation is a requisite for the adoption of software standards. The IEC 61131-3 standard meets these demands, increasing development productivity while lowering maintenance costs.

Learning Outcomes

Gain the upper-hand with an integrated design environment at your fingertips. You’ll learn all about IEC 61131-3 PLC languages as well as common programming structures and State Machines, while gaining insights about the concept of OOP in PLC programming.


Course Date: TBC
Application Period: TBC
Duration: 3 days
Time: 9am to 5pm
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. IEC Programming - PLC Program Structure and Modular Concept (7 hrs)
  • PLC languages and IEC 61131-3 (1 hr)
  • Understanding the different programming languages (2 hrs)
  • PLC programming using Ladder, Function Block and Structured Text (4 hrs)
B. Common programming structure and State Machine (7 hrs)
  • Point Of Use: Function, Function Block and Program (3 hrs)
  • Concept of Task (0.5 hr)
  • Create process image and attach to Physical IOs of PLC (0.5 hr)
  • Programming Best Practice: Concept of ¡°State Machine¡± (1 hr)
  • Case Study (2 hrs)
C. Sharing on concept of Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) (3 hrs)
  • Concept of OOP (1 hr)
  • Case Study: Modelling single function in a simple machine (2 hrs)
D. Case Studies with assessment (4 hrs)

Trainer's Profile


Eric graduated from the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore with a Bachelor in Electrical & Electronics Engineering (Hons).

Eric has been a full-time lecturer with the Polytechnic since 2011. Prior to that, he works in SME and MNC as industrial automation and service engineers for 8 years.

In terms of continuing education for adult
learners, he specializes in Industrial Control and Automation module taught in the Modular Certification in Instrumentation & Control. He also undertakes research projects, working with hospitals for health and
assistive technologies.


In-class assessments.

A Certificate of Performance will be awarded to participants who achieve at least 75% attendance and pass all required assessment(s).

A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to participants who meet the 75% attendance requirement but did not pass all required assessment(s).

Entry Requirements

Applicants should preferably have a basic logic circuit knowledge in electrical engineering.

Course Fees

Funding period for this course is from 1 Jul 2023 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)
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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.


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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 fee$1308.00
Singaporeans aged below 40 qualified for SkillsFuture Funding $392.40
Singaporeans aged 40 & above qualified for SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy $152.40
Singaporeans qualified for Enhanced Training Support for SMEs $152.40
Singapore Permanent Residents & **LTVP+ qualified for SkillsFuture Funding $392.40
Singapore Permanent Residents & ##LTVP+ qualified for Enhanced Training Support for SMEs $152.40
Others (and Repeat Students)$1308.00