The course will provide students a comprehensive overview of all aspects related to the construction, design, operation, and maintenance of hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Students will develop the requisite knowledge and skills to interpret, design and troubleshoot simple hydraulic and pneumatic circuits.
Hydraulics and pneumatic machines are the backbones of a range of industries including manufacturing, construction, mining, oil & gas. This course explores the design, construction, operation and maintenance and troubleshooting of these most versatile machines.
Students will obtain a comprehensive overview of all aspects related to the construction, design, operation, and maintenance of hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Students will develop the requisite knowledge and skills to interpret, design and troubleshoot simple hydraulic and pneumatic circuits.
Led by an industry expert, this 12 week course will provide you a practical, in-depth view of hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
Course content includes concepts related to pressure and flow; the operation of hydraulic and pneumatic system components – such as actuators and control valves; simple circuits for hydraulic and pneumatic applications; the characteristics of hydraulic oil and air; proportional and servo technology in regard to electro-hydraulic systems; and, troubleshooting procedures.
After completing this course, students will have requisite knowledge and skills to interpret and design hydraulic and pneumatic circuits and systematically troubleshoot system faults and undertake corrective measures.
Upon successful completion of this Professional Certificate of Competency:
1. Definition and units of pressure measurement
2. Pascal’s law and applications
3. Pressure/force relationship
4. Fluid flow/discharge
5. Steady and unsteady flows
6. Bernoulli’s principle
7. Laminar and turbulent flows
8. Pressure/flow relationship
1. Classification (single vs. double acting)
2. Cylinder construction and mounting
3. Cylinder cushioning
5. Cylinder design checklist
6. Common cylinder problems
1. Classification and symbols
1. Poppet, Check and Spool valves
2. Directly and indirectly, operated valves
3. Valve actuation methods
4. 2, 3, and 4-way direction control valves
5. Positive and negative overlapping
6. Center conditions
1. Relief valve
2. Surge pressure
3. Sequence valves
4. Counterbalance valves
5. Pressure reducing valves
6. Brake valves
7. Unloading valves
8. Flow control valve function and types
1. Introduction to oil reservoirs, filters, heat exchangers, pipes, hoses
2. Hydraulic fluid characteristics
3. Oil groups, Neutralization number
4. Oil contamination, cleanliness and storage
5. Oil additives
6. Common problems associated with hydraulic oil
1. Symbols of hydraulic components
2. Basic understanding of hydraulic circuits
3. Types of hydraulic circuits and their illustration
4. Design and application of hydraulic circuits
5. Advantages of hydraulic systems
6. Simulation of hydraulic circuits using FLUIDSIM software.
1. Proportional solenoid
2. Proportional valve
3. Servo valve
4. Comparison of proportional and servo technology
5. Use of transducers in hydraulic systems
1. Safety and cleanliness in hydraulic systems
2. Preventive maintenance
3. Commissioning procedures and pre-commissioning checks
4. Troubleshooting hydraulic system faults/failures
5. Prevention of pre-mature hydraulic component failures
1. Characteristics of air
2. Air generation, preparation, and distribution
3. Characteristics of pneumatic systems
4. Pneumatic symbols
5. Components of pneumatic systems
6. Pneumatic elements – control valves, actuators
1. Pneumatic circuit design
2. Troubleshooting: flow chart analysis of pneumatic circuits
3. Maintenance of pneumatic systems
In the final week, students will have an opportunity to review the contents covered so far. Opportunity will be provided for a review of student work and to clarify any outstanding issues. Instructors/facilitators may choose to cover a specialized topic or some case studies if applicable to that cohort.
Graduates of the Professional Certificate of Competency in Hydraulics and Pneumatics will be able to:
To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency course, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online weekly webinars. Detailed summaries or notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance. In addition, students must obtain an overall 50% marks in the set assessments which are a practical assessment and a proctored exam. Students must obtain a minimum 40% marks in proctored exam to pass this course. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in weekly quizzes. If a student does not achieve the required score, resubmission/re-attempt opportunity is given only in the practical assessment and the weekly quizzes, not in the exam.
If you apply and are accepted into the EIT Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) you will obtain a credit for the BME106S Hydraulics and Pneumatics upon successful completion of this Professional Certificate of Competency.
Furthermore, if you opt to enroll in the EIT Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering), two modules from the abovementioned course will also grant you credits towards the EIT Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering Technology course.
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You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending a weekly webinar that runs for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.
Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.