Fluid Power

Fluid power is an efficient way to move energy without mechanical chains, bolts, or levers. The physics of fluids, components, troubleshooting, and design application for hydraulic and pneumatic systems are covered in this class. This class will introduce the student to both hydraulic and pneumatic components. They will build machines using these components and will be able to troubleshoot using a print to find a fault condition. After completing this course, the student will be qualified to: Design fluid power and electrical ladder circuits using a design / simulator software application. Recognize pneumatic and hydraulic components based on physical appearance and functionality. Explain how fluid power components function by identifying the ISO symbol on hydraulic and pneumatic system schematics. Analyze a machine that has a faulty condition, identify the problem, and repair the faulty condition. Redesign fluid power applications in a machine so that it will operate safely for the machine and the operator. Explain the sequence of operation by analyzing the circuit schematic.
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Northwest State Community College
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fluid power, hydraulic, pneumatic

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
Regional employer partners contributed to the development and review of these courses. Competencies were identified by employer partners, and curriculum was vetted by industry partners.
Industry Sector:
Manufacturing -- Miscellaneous Manufacturing (339)
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations (49-0000)

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Instructional Program:
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians (47)
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  • Credit
  • Non-Credit
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  • Certificate
  • Credential
  • Stacked/Latticed Credential Model
  • Associate Degree
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  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
  • 2nd Year Community College or equivalent
English (United States)
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Course Note:
Industrial Automation Maintenance


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