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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.

HI01 - What hydraulics is used for

HI03 - Compare Electric, Pneumatic, Hydraulic

HI04 - Hydraulic Component Basics

HI05 - Hydraulic Circuit Basics

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.

HS01 - Safe Operation of Equipment

HS03 - H&S Risk Assessment

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.

HS01 - Safe Operation of Equipment

HP04 - Fluid Contamination Controlt

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 or ask about a multi-user license 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.

All HI01, 3, 4, 5 worksheets

HP02 - Design Priorities and Specification

HP03 - Hydraulic Symbols

HP04 - Fluid Contamination Control

HD01 - Hydraulic pump basics

Component worksheets as appropriate

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.

All HI01, 3, 4, 5 worksheets

HS01 - Safe Working Practices

HS01 - Safe Operation of Equipment

HP01 - Hydraulic Control Principles

HP02 - Design Priorities and Specification

HP04 - Fluid Contamination Control

Component worksheets as appropriate

Worksheet - SZ1 - System performance and sizing

Worksheet - SP1 - Hydraulic system specification

Worksheet - SZ3 - Example FMEA

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.

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

Maintenance engineers should:

  • Master the fundamental principle training exercises.
  • Fully understand the basic operation and use of all relevant components.
  • Study the detailed information on setup, duty factors, tips and tricks, and common faults, etc. in the 'pro' sections for each relevant component.
  • Experiment with the interactive circuit simulations.
  • Follow the relevant worked project examples and diagnostic exercises.

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 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 these subject experts, who have the specific skills required to offer practical advice. Always ask your component suppliers if you are not certain about how things might work.

All design engineering and technicians should have completed and fully understand all of the worksheets relevant to their industry or products before moving on to detail studies of their particular machines or components.

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.

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