EAL Siemens Industrial Maintenance & Fault Finding Professional


Providing training on S7 PLCs using TIA Portal or STEP7 Professional.

Our PLC Industrial Maintenance & Fault Finding Professional courses are training courses with a difference. Recognised by EAL, we aim to help you or your engineers become more proactive and confident in working with PLCs safely and efficiently in day-to-day operations and fault finding situations to reduce downtime and increase profitability.

We have been working closely with EAL who is the specialist awarding organisation for the engineering, manufacturing and professional trades sectors, to help develop the first EAL recognised Industrial Maintenance & Fault Finding Professional courses that are essential for anyone who intends to be working at an industrial level with machines and processes controlled by PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers).

Main Objectives: 

To ensure you are able to work with live PLC's in industrial environments to make certain you do not compromise safety or increase production downtime when working on the shop-floor. Based around STEP7 Professional or TIA Portal, we will walk through the software and the majority of its available programming instructions that are most used throughout programs on the shop-floor. You will learn how to read industrial programs and incorporate instructions into Organizational Blocks, Function Blocks, and Functions. We will explain the Standard Operating Procedures for working on the shop-floor with PLC’s, ensuring you are working safely and efficiently. Fault Finding methods and techniques are then demonstrated and practiced, making you more pro-active when working on processes/machinery, increasing production efficiency and reducing downtime.

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of the course, you are expected to have a detailed understanding of the most used instructions and routines in programming, as well as being confident in approaching, maintaining and fault finding with the PLC in all situations.

Course Assessments & Certification: 

This training course includes examination periods throughout each day of training. We will also be including additional training time should anyone request further explanation of any topics covered.

There are 2 levels of certificates for this training course:

Official Scantime Training Certificates for each module, outlining all of the subjects covered, this is for the industry as proof on what the learner has understood for when working in industrial environments.

Official EAL Training Certificate, this is proof that the learner has successfully completed a recognised training course at a Recognised EAL Training Centre and has passed all of the assessments for the training course.


5 Days


09.00 – 17.00 (Monday - Thursday)

09.00 - 15.30 (Friday)

Recognised training by: 

Jaguar Land Rover | UK Royal Mail | Wellstream International | British Engines | BAE Systems

Aquatic Subsea |Unipres | Wienerberger | UK Atomic Energy

Day 1 Topics

  1. Background to the PLC
  2. PLCs in Industry
  3. PLC Numbering (Binary, Decimal, Hexadecimal, Octal, and Conversions)
  4. Logic Terms
  5. PLC Wiring (Sink (NPN) and Source (PNP))
  6. CPU and IO Wiring
  7. PLC Voltages and Current
  8. Programming Rungs and Networks
  9. The Differences Between Modular & Compact PLCs
  10. Using Boolean, Bytes, Words and Double Words
  11. PLC Hardware
  12. Programming Terminals & PLCs
  13. CPU LED Indication and Error Displays
  14. Downloading Programs to a Live System
  15. CPU Memory
  16. Program Execution
  17. Program Scan Time
  18. How to Work on Live Machine PLCs Safely
  19. Using Siemens STEP7 Professional/TIA Portal
  20. Creating your First Project
  21. Configuration
  22. Communications with the PLC
  23. Types of Programming: Latches and Interlocking
  24. Dangers of Duplication
  25. Timers
  26. Practical Exercises 

Day 2 Topics

  1. PLC Programming Languages
  2. Counters
  3. Counters Exercises
  4. IEC61131 Standards
  5. Working with Online Materials and Manuals
  6. Understanding the Problems when Monitoring and Modifying PLC Programs
  7. Industrial Programming Exercises
  8. Uploading Programs
  9. Safety
  10. Analogue Signaling
  11. Data Handling
  12. Bit Logic
  13. One-Shot Pulse
  14. Correct way to use Bit Logic Instructions to Prevent Accidents
  15. Module 1 Main Exercise 

Day 3 Topics

  1. Commissioning Procedures
  2. Fault Finding Procedures when Working on Industrial Machinery and Processes
  3. PLC Problems and Errors
  4. Procedures for Diagnosing PLC Problems and Errors
  5. Diagnosing Wiring Problems
  6. Working with CPU Diagnostics
  7. Advanced Maintenance Procedures
  8. Modifying PLC I/O and Data
  9. The Dangers when Overriding the Control System During a Breakdown
  10. Background Routines and Interrupts
  11. Working with Structured PLC Programming as Used in Modern Industrial Machinery and Processes
  12. Alarms and Alarm Handling
  13. Initialization Routines for Machine Operation
  14. Working with Sub-Routines
  15. Understanding PLC Maths Instructions 

Day 4 Topics

  1. Dealing with CPU Faults
  2. Preventative Maintenance Procedures
  3. E-Stops and Safety Circuits
  4. Safety PLCs
  5. Networks and the PLC
  6. Creating and Working with PLC I/O Schedules
  7. Working with PLC Electrical Schematics
  8. Shift Registers in Machine Control
  9. How to Identify Sequencers
  10. Using Sequencers to Reduce Downtime and Locate Faults Quickly
  11. Cycle Stop Routines
  12. Positional Monitoring and the PLC
  13. Process Breakdown
  14. Module 2 Main Exercise 

Day 5 Topics

  1. Disaster Recovery
  2. Identifying and Overcoming Sensor Problems
  3. Further Preventative Maintenance
  4. Replacing Faulty PLC Hardware on Live Systems
  5. Industrial Maintenance Programming Standards
  6. Examples of Bad Practice Programming, Incidents, and Accidents
  7. Protecting your Career and Best Practice Techniques
  8. PLCs and SIL
  9. The PLC Vers. PACS 

Available Dates


8th - 12th | Fully Booked

15th - 19th | Fully Booked

22nd - 26th

30th - 2nd May


5th - 9th

12th - 16th | 3 Seats Available! (S7-300 & STEP7 Professional)

19th - 23rd | 3 Seats Available! (S7-1200 & TIA Portal)

26th - 30th


3rd - 9th

10th - 14th

17th - 21st

24th - 28th

31st - August 4th


7th - 11th

14th - 18th

21st - 25th


4th - 8th

11th - 15th

18th - 22nd

25th - 29th


2nd - 6th

9th - 13th

16th -20th

23rd - 27th

30th - November 3rd


6th - 10th

13th - 17th

20th - 24th

27th - December 1st


4th - 8th

11th - 15th

Location & Hotels

There are several hotels near to Scantime, all are within 15 minutes walking distance from our training centre. We highly recommend staying at the Holiday Inn Express which is also situated opposite restaurants and within walking distance to the Metro Centre shopping and entertainment complex.

Holiday Inn Express

Metro Centre
Clasper Way
Newcastle Upon Tyne,
NE16 3BE

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When arriving at our Training Centre, please sign in at the reception desk and then proceed to the onsite restaurant where you can order food and drink, please mention Scantime Training at the till for the order to be added to our account.

A member of staff will then be along shortly after to collect you and take you to the training room.