Think robotics, production line, machine functions or processes that take place within a factory or business and how PLC’s (programmable logic controller) collect and communicate vital information, which requires a skilled electrician trained in every function of these devices.

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.

Interested in seeing more of our Electrical Automation Technology facilities? Take an interactive 360° virtual tour of Ranken Technical College’s ELECTRICAL AUTOMOATION TECHNOLOGY departments.

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.

Interested in seeing more of our Electrical facilities? Take an interactive 360° virtual tour of Ranken Technical College’s ELECTRICAL departments.

Ryan J. Proffer

Instructor, Adjunct

Cory L. Hargett

Instructor, Full Time

Robert B.J. Guiffrida

Instructor, Full Time

Richard W. Thompson

Instructor, Full Time

Christopher M. Newell

Instructor, Full Time

Stacy L. Hill-Scaife

Instructor, Full Time

Aaron Frank

Instructor, Full Time

Jared P. Foley

Instructor, Full Time

Cieara D. DeLaney

Instructor, Full Time

Jay Besher

Instructor, Full Time

Dennis P. Pierce

Instructor, Full Time

James L. Gober

Instructor, Full Time

Anthony L. Wilkinson

Division Chair & Instructor, Full Time

Jason D. Alden

Instructor, Full Time

Electrical Division

Joseph N. Donato

Adjunct Instructor – Alarm Systems, Evening School

AT in Communication Electronics, Ranken
Level II Certification in Fire Alarm Systems, National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies

Sal R. Francis

Instructor – Electrical Automation Technology, Full Time

Electrical Division

Mark J. Ganim

Instructor, Full Time

Electrical Division

Roy E. Gillespie

Department Chair and Instructor, Full Time

Electrical Division

Andrew R. Raines

Electrical Department Chair & Instructor

Electrical Division

John S. Schwarz

Instructor – Electrical Automation Technology, Full Time

Electrical Division

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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

Sam Schlechte

Department: Alumni Electrical
Maintenance Technical @ Ranken Technical College

2017 Industrial Technology, 2019 Electrical Automation, 2021 BS Applied Management
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Caleb Goodrich

Department: Alumni Electrical
Material Handling Equipment and Controls & Programmable Logic Controls Technician @ CBRE

2020 Electrical Automation Technology/Control Systems Technology
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Natalie Howell

Department: Alumni Electrical
Assistant Electrical Estimator @ Schaeffer Electric

2021 Electrical Systems Design Technology and Bachelor of Applied Management
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Tonisha Harvey

Department: Alumni Electrical
Maintenance Technician Apprentice @ ABB

2020 Electrical Automation Technology; 2022 BS in Applied Management
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Andrew Hoemmen

Department: Alumni Electrical
Skilled Maintenance @ Toyota Motor Manufacturing Missouri

2020 Electrical Automation Technology
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Daniel Brostron

Department: Alumni Electrical
Drafter, Sargent & Lundy

2020 Electrical Systems Design Technology
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Richard Wetstein

Department: Alumni Electrical
Maintenance Technician @ Coca-Cola North America in Truesdale, MO

2019 Electrical Control Systems Technology
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Violet White

Department: Alumni Electrical
Wiring Installer @ AZZ Switchgear Systems

December 2019 Electrical Automation Technology
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Joeb Easterday

Department: Alumni Electrical
Control Engineer @ Hytrol

2019 Electrical Automation and Control Systems Technology
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George Riley

Department: Alumni Electrical
Field Engineer @ Underwriters Laboratories

2019 Electrical Construction Design and Management
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Matthew Blessing

Department: Alumni Electrical
McGowan Development Maintenance Manager

2017 Electrical Automation Technology; 2019 Control Systems Technology
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Jacob Hartman

Department: Alumni Electrical
R & D Lab Technician @ Hussmann Corporation

May 2016 Control Systems Technology; May 2019 Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technology
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Dustin Snyder

Department: Alumni Electrical
BFN Design Lead and Estimator at Sargent & Lundy

2014 Electrical Systems Design Technology
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Nathaniel Turner

Department: Alumni Electrical
2013 Electrical Systems Design Technology

Design Engineer @ Sargent and Lundy
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Bridgett Turner

Department: Alumni Electrical
Designer @ Sargent & Lundy

2012 Electrical Systems Design Technology
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Eric Bowman

Department: Alumni Electrical
Numerical Control Electrician @ Boeing and Anheuser-Busch

2009-2016 AS in Electrical Construction Design & Mgmt, Industrial Technology, and Electrical Maintenance; 2020 BS in Applied Management
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Jay Washington

Department: Alumni Electrical
Energy Services Consultant @ Ameren Missouri

2004 Electrical Engineering
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