Course Description

Learn the fundamental concepts and components of hydraulic, pneumatic, and hydrostatic systems. Practical exercises are used to demonstrate the operations, which are based on standard symbol circuits. Maintenance and a systematic approach to fault finding are covered. An overview of compressors, storage, dryers and distribution as well as the design, construction and operation of a range of actuators, valves and ancillary equipment is provided. Develop a sound competence for the safe operation and maintenance of one of the most common automation elements in industry.

Notice: Per City guidelines, masking will be strongly recommended but not mandatory. Wearing a high-quality mask such as KN95 or N95 mask, or double masking, is strongly encouraged. It is important to wear a mask that is well-fitted. For information on proper masking, including how to double mask, please read this guidance from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/effective-masks.html

Course Outline

  1. Structure, function and application of single-acting and double-acting cylinders
  2. Calculating basic parameters
  3. Direct and indirect actuation
  4. Application and function of 3/2 and 5/2-way valves
  5. Methods of actuation of directional control valves
  6. Analyzing circuits
  7. Options for pressure measurement
  8. Pressure-dependent control systems
  9. Distinguishing flow control
  10. Logic operations: explaining and implementing AND/OR/NOT operations
  11. Function and application of limit switches
  12. Time delay valves
  13. Realizing oscillating movement
  14. Economic considerations of using pneumatic components

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop participants will:
  • Interpret and draw pneumatic symbols
  • Construct and troubleshoot pneumatic circuits
  • Determine root cause of component failure
  • Make speed adjustments to actuators
  • Explain the force/pressure/area relationship
  • Describe the different states an actuator can assume and the importance of each
  • Identify/explain function of pneumatic components
  • Design, assemble, test, and troubleshoot basic hydraulic circuits
  • Identify and describe the construction, design features, and operation of hydraulic components
  • Interpret technical specifications and data relating to hydraulic components and systems
  • Identify and explain graphical symbols for hydraulic components
  • Describe fundamentals of oil flow


Materials Required:
Handouts provided by instructor. 


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