Basic Hydraulics Bootcamp


Summary: This course covers the fundamental components of fluid power components and systems.

Instructor: Kevin Johnson, Assistant Teaching Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Duration: 20 hours, spread over five days

Dates: The course runs from June 5 to June 9, 2023. On each day, there are identical sessions running from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

Location: EERC Sub Basement (Rooms SB-36 & SB-37, Classroom and Lab)

Students can choose either the morning or the afternoon session, fitting this course around their schedule.


Students will learn about the following:

  • valves: pressure control, flow control, and directional
  • pumps: gear, vane, and piston
  • motors: gear, gerotor, and piston
  • circuits: open center, closed center pressure compensated, and closed center load sensing
  • closed-loop hydrostatic drive systems

Students will also conduct laboratory exercises, which expose them to system hardware and circuit simulation techniques for mobile and industrial applications.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:

  • Understand operating principles and design considerations for fluid power components and systems
  • Identify and use ANSI fluid power symbols
  • Select fluid power components for typical mobile and industrial applications

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