Certified PROFINET Network Engineers and Installers Course (5 days) 


Theory Topics Covered:

  • Introduction to Industrial Ethernet
  • OSI 7-layer model
  • Ethernet Protocols
  • Hub, switches, routers and firewalls
  • Redundancy
  • Network design
  • Security
  • Physical layer and installation
  • Device model and Profiles
  • Setting up a PROFINET project
  • IRT
  • PROFINET Theory
  • Acyclic communications
  • Diagnostic model
  • Fault finding strategies
  • Measurement tools (Wireshark)

Hands-on Exercises:

  • IP addresses and ping
  • Wiring lab
  • Setting up a switch
  • Configuring a PROFINET network
  • Diagnostics lab
  • Using Wireshark and other troubleshooting tools

Class Day Information:

  • Attendees will receive: all course notes, writing materials and a certificate (if they pass the final test)
  • Attendees will receive a digital copy of ‘Catching the process fieldbus – An introduction to PROFIBUS and PROFINET’ co-written by the instructor James Powell
  • Attendees will receive a hard copy of Industrial communication with PROFINET by Manfred Popp
  • Class size is limited to a maximum of 8 people to ensure maximum exposure to the training equipment

Training Equipment:

  • IO-Controller is Codesys software running on a Raspberry PI. This is using IEC 61131-3 standard programming which makes it perfect for teaching general concepts without getting confused with proprietary software
  • IO-Devices include Helmholz TB-20 IO rack, Wago IO rack, Helmholz 4 port managed switch
  • Permanent monitoring system is Atlas by PROCENTEC
  • IO-Supervisor/Monitor is Netilities by PROCENTEC
  • Protocol Analyzer is Wireshark
  • Ethernet cable tester

Cost and Registration:

$4,042 per person. This course can be done in person, onsite, or online.

April 17-21, 2023 – Red Deer, Alberta

October 30 – November 3, 2023 – Peterborough, Ontario

On-demand online or in-person

To register, please email us at:  jamesp@jcomautomation.ca

James Powell, P.Eng.


Your instructor for this course is James Powell, P.Eng., author of ‘HART – a practical guide’ and co-author of ‘Catching the process Fieldbus – An introduction to PROFIBUS and PROFINET’ (published by PROFIBUS and PROFINET International). James has over 20 years of experience with HART and PROFIBUS and over 25 years with Industrial Ethernet and has presented technical training in China, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, USA, Canada, UK, Germany and the Netherlands. He is a certified PROFIBUS DP, PA, PROFINET network engineer and PROFIBUS System Design Engineer. 

How do I design a PROFINET network? How does it work?  How do I install it? How do I configure it? How would I troubleshoot it? If you are asking yourself these questions, then this course is for you!

This is an intense and detailed course on how to design, install, commission, and troubleshoot a PROFINET network. Besides discussing practical installation issues, it also gets right down to the protocol/packet level and includes detailed information on the bus parameters.

Both the course and the instructor have been certified by PROFIBUS PROFINET International which guarantees high-quality training. The course ends with both a written and practical test. Successful students will have their names listed on the PROFINET website as a certified PROFINET Network Engineer and a PROFINET Installer.

Upon completion of this course, the student shall be able to:

  • Design a PROFINET network
  • Install and set up a PROFINET network
  • Decode a PROFINET packet and understand how the protocol works
  • Understand the basic bus parameters
  • Troubleshoot common and uncommon problems.
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