Take the PLC training courses you need in Ranken Technical College’s electrical automation training program.

Is automation training the right career move for you?

Ranken students working with a Denso robotThe ideal career for you would involve using cutting-edge technology to achieve practical goals.

You’re detail-oriented, logical and creative. You can understand complex systems and figure out ways to make them work more efficiently.

You think that working with robots would be really, really fun.

Does this sound like you? If so, Ranken’s electrical automation training and PLC training courses could be the path to a successful and rewarding career. For major manufacturing and commercial industries, electrical power is the lifeline of business. Companies today operate on complex electronic systems and rely on highly skilled workers to guarantee the strength of their services.

Why choose Ranken for PLC training courses?

Ranken’s Electrical Automation Technology program produces skilled electricians.

Through lecture and shop/lab activities, you’ll spend your first year receiving instruction and training in electrical theory, solid-state electronics and logic control, installing electrical systems, power distribution and the National Electric Code (NEC).

In your second year, you’ll get hands-on experience with single- and three-phase motors, variable frequency motor drives, motion control, ladder diagrams, advanced control logic and industrial control networking.

You’ll also get state-of-the-art PLC training courses. In addition, you’ll be trained in the layout, installation and blueprint reading of commercial and industrial wiring in new construction projects.

Graduates earn an associate of technology or associate of science degree and enter the workforce as maintenance electricians with some of the largest companies in St. Louis.

Career opportunities in the field include commercial/industrial electricians, electrical control technicians and electrical maintenance/service technicians.

Michael J. Zangori

Workforce Development Specialist and Instructor, Full Time

C. Eugene Island

Instructor, Full Time

Mark J. Ganim

Instructor, Full Time

Jason D. Alden

Instructor, Full Time

Gary Candrl

Instructor, Full Time

Nicholas A. Weatherly

Instructor, Full Time - Electrical Division; Adjunct Instructor, Evening School - Precision Machining Technology

Anthony L. Wilkinson

Instructor, Full Time

John S. Schwarz

Instructor – Electrical Automation Technology, Full Time

H. Lee Reel

Instructor, Full Time

Andrew R. Raines

Instructor, Full Time

Timothy R. Nelson

Instructor, Full Time

Roy E. Gillespie

Department Chair and Instructor, Full Time

Sal R. Francis

Instructor – Electrical Automation Technology, Full Time

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In Ranken’s Electrical Automation Technology program, students gain experience with single- and three-phase motors, variable frequency motor drives, motion control, ladder diagrams, advanced control logic, industrial control networking and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). In addition, graduates learn the layout, installation and blueprint reading of commercial and industrial wiring in new construction projects.

Program graduates are trained to install, maintain, troubleshoot, program and repair electrical systems, including:

  • Power distribution
  • Variable frequency motor drives
  • Industrial motors, motor controls and networking
  • Switching circuits
  • Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) and PLCs