Basic Hydraulics Boot Camp


Summary: This intensive, three-day, 20-hour course covers the fundamentals of fluid power components and systems. The training runs from June 17 to June 19, 2024.

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

Duration: 20 hours, spread over three days.

Dates: Training runs on Monday, June 17, and Tuesday, June 18 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT) with a half-hour lunch. The final training segment is on Friday, June 19 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

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


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 both mobile and industrial applications.


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

  • Grasp the fundamentals of¬†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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