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What is fluid power?

For beginners to understand where hydraulic equipment is used, what it does and why it's used.

Learn about the main components, what they do, and how they are combined into a circuit to make cylinders move.

Worksheet - IH1 - Introduction to hydraulics

Hydraulic safety for everyone

It's everyone's responsibility to ensure a safe working environment.

This course will make sure that all staff are fully aware of the potential risks from fluid power and what procedures and responsibilities should be in place, to keep employees safe.

Worksheet - SF1 - Safe working practices

What operators need to know

This course is for people who operate hydraulic equipment. It explains what procedures, policies, actions, and training need to be in place to operate hydraulic equipment safely.

Worksheet - OP1 - How to operate hydraulic equipment

Options, Costs, Signup

Courses can be used to support the BFPA passport, IFPS and BTEC in-house qualifications, or as stand-alone courses with certificates for work completed.

Training resources can be followed individually or used by companies as part of their staff training. Pricing and signup here.

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What purchasers need to know

This course is for people who purchase hydraulic components or equipment. The lessons will explain what the components are, how they work and the different types that are available. Its aim is to provide the skills for you to have more constructive and effective conversations with suppliers.

Worksheet - IH1 - Introduction to hydraulics

Worksheet - FB1 - Formulas and fundamentals

Worksheet - HP1 - Hydraulic pump basics

Worksheet - HV1 - Hydraulic control valves

Worksheet - SZ1 - System performance and sizing

Worksheet - SP1 - Hydraulic system specification

What managers need to know

This course is for managers who are responsible for other people who work with hydraulic equipment. The aim is to provide an overview of the most important topics to be controlled and a clear path for where to find detailed advice on both. Essentially it is a course where you are shown what you need to know, when you need it, and how to find it.

Complete all of the tutorials here.

Worksheet - IH1 - Introduction to hydraulics

Worksheet - SF1 - Safe working practices

Worksheet - OP1 - How to operate hydraulic equipment

Worksheet - SP1 - Hydraulic system specification

Or search all relevant topics in the detailed information here.

What maintenance engineers need to know

This course is designed for repair and maintenance engineers. The aim is to provide a solid understanding of the basic components and fundamental principles. Each subject also contains more detailed information on setup, duty factors, tips and tricks, and common faults etc.

Maintenance engineers should benefit from studying all lesson plans although they may wish to focus on only the mobile or industrial sector etc.

Worksheet - OP1 - How to operate hydraulic equipment

Worksheet - SF1 - Safe working practices

Worksheet - FB1 - Formulas and fundamentals

Worksheet - HP1 - Hydraulic pump basics

Worksheet - HV1 - Hydraulic control valves

Worksheet - SZ1 - System performance and sizing

Worksheet - SP1 - Hydraulic system specification

Worksheet - MT1 - Hydraulic maintenance

What design engineers need to know

It is vital that system designers understand all aspects of our training before attempting any designs of their own. Please remember, very little is new these days and we always recommend copying or adapting designs that already have a proven history in the field. Our content includes many circuit examples and standard practices that are essential to follow. Moving away from accepted standards is very risky indeed.

Budding designers must be aware that the experienced engineers, who develop new components or systems, will have a much higher level of knowledge than we have included in this site. Every industry, component or system will have individual subject experts and todays manufacturers have efficient knowledge pathways that feed any difficult design issues back to the subject experts with the skills to deliver them. Always ask your component suppliers if you are not certain of how things might work.

Worksheet - FB1 - Formulas and fundamentals

Worksheet - HP1 - Hydraulic pump basics

Worksheet - HV1 - Hydraulic control valves

Worksheet - SZ1 - System performance and sizing

Worksheet - SZ2 - Example scissorlift sizing calculations

Worksheet - SZ3 - Example scissorlift FMEA

Worksheet - SP1 - Hydraulic system specification

Worksheet - SP2 - Example specification

All lesson plans for BTEC, BFPA and IFPS Courses

circuit animation examples

These worksheets will guide you through a range of online exercises that will teach you about the principles, planning, components, design and maintenance of an example hydraulic system.

The course is aimed at people working in the fluid power industry including purchasing, operating and maintaining hydraulic systems.

Worksheet - IH1 - Introduction to hydraulics

Worksheet - FB1 - Formulas and fundamentals

Worksheet - SZ1 - System performance and sizing

Worksheet - SP1 - Hydraulic system specification

Worksheet - HP1 - Hydraulic pump basics

Worksheet - HV1 - Hydraulic control valves

Worksheet - CT1 - Scissor lift circuit designs

Worksheet - SF1 - Safe working practices

Worksheet - OP1 - How to operate hydraulic equipment

Worksheet - MT1 - Hydraulic maintenance