Fluid Power Techniques (Part-time)
- Program Code:
- Trades & Apprenticeship
About the ProgramThis program is intended for individuals employed or seeking employment in occupations that work with fluid power systems and who have little or no formal training in fluid power, or for those who require a refresher. The program emphasizes practical, hands-on applications of hydraulics/pneumatics, components/systems, troubleshooting methods and electronic/electrical control for fluid power. This program will also explore circuit schematics and designs.
Program InformationAll courses must be completed within 4 years of acceptance into the program.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older]
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.
- Individuals must be bondable.
- Depending on the industry, an individual may be required to lift, move, and carry heavy equipment as part of the daily routine.
- Students will be required to supply their own PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
How to ApplyStudents may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms
Send completed applications to:
299 Doon Valley Dr
Canada N2G 4M4
How to Register for CoursesGo to How to Register for detailed registration information.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Learn more about PLAR.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates of this program will likely find employment in the service and repair, maintenance and installation of fluid power system, in sectors such as mobile, agricultural and manufacturing.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Program Related Resources
- Define the purpose and fundamentals of fluid power systems.
- Repair various pneumatic and hydraulic systems considering their respective functions, construction, composition, types, styles and applications.
- Apply the principles and practices associated with the operation and maintenance of fluid power systems.
- Inspect and test various pneumatic, hydraulic and their respective controls systems using service tools and diagnostic techniques.
- Describe manufacturers' maintenance procedures for fluid power technologies.
- Troubleshoot various pneumatic, hydraulic and controls systems faults relating to fluid power.
- Explain electrical systems and schematics as they relate to fluid power technologies
- Relate the common types of fluid power hazards in the workplace to associated safety requirements
Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.
|Course Code||Course Title||Status|
|CNTR1200||Introduction to PLCs (Using Allen-Bradley)
Description: Recommended: EECE1250 Basic Electricity Windows knowledge.
This course introduces the new user to Allen-Bradley PLC-5s and the SLC 500 PLC family of processors. It is intended for individuals who have very little or no experience with PLC controlled systems. Students will apply hands-on skills to augment the understanding of PLC hardware, software and process automation control using PLCs instead of relay logic control.
|ELEC1780||Basic Electrical Theory and Motor Controls
Description: This course covers electrical units, Ohm's Law, circuits, magnetism and electromagnetism, relays and contactors as it relates to multi-skilling of trades and related workers. Fundamentals of AC/DC and an overview of transformer principles will be covered. The course will also introduce the students to Electric Motor Controls.
|IFME0030||Advanced Hydraulic Controls
Description: Recommended: IFME0020 Introduction to Hydraulics, IFME1180 Introduction to Hydraulics or equivalent knowledge.
This course is conducted on standardized and ergonomically optimized training workstations using industrial grade control components. Hardware and training models reflect international equipment standards and the up-to-date training practices of both Canada and the world's leading institutional and industrial automation technology centres. Participants will learn about the design and function of complex hydraulic systems and by using hydraulic circuitry, learn essential maintenance aspects and analysis.
|IFME0060||Advanced Fluid Power Applications
Description: This course builds on the practical and theoretical learning found in the introductory hydraulics and pneumatics courses found in the Fluid Power program. Students will continue their practical learning by building complex pneumatic and hydraulic circuits. This course will also focus on proper calculation of work, power and energy transmission.
|IFME1000||Advanced Hydraulic Repair Techniques
Description: Hydraulic power is defined as the generation, control and application of smooth, effective power of pumped fluids such as oil in order to push, pull, rotate, regulate or drive the machines, equipment and appliances of modern life. In this course, students will gain familiarity with the physical principles relating to hydraulics. They will gain the basic skills for the disassembly, inspection, diagnosis and application of corrective steps for repair of assemblies of a variety of hydraulic components such as cylinders, valves and pumps.
|IFME1320||Introduction to Hydraulics
Description: Hydraulic power is defined as the art of generating, controlling and applying effective power of pumped fluids such as oil in order to push, pull, rotate, regulate or drive the machines, equipment and appliances of modern life. In this course, you will gain theoretical knowledge and practical familiarity with hydraulic circuits, pressure relief valves, single/double acting cylinder, restrictions, flow metering, pressure compensated flow control valves, hydraulic fluids, fluid power symbols, hydraulic power unit, directional control valves, check valves and introduction to regenerative circuits.
|IFME1350||Introduction to Pneumatics
Description: Pneumatic power is defined as the art of generating, controlling and applying effective power from compressed air in order to push, pull, rotate, regulate or drive the machines, equipment and appliances of modern life. In this course, you will gain theoretical knowledge and practical familiarity with Pneumatic circuits, pressure relief valves, single/double acting cylinder, flow metering, pressure compensated flow control valves, compressed air, directional control valves, check valves and fluid power symbols.
|IFME1360||Schematics and Troubleshooting Fluid Power Systems
Description: In this course students will explore interpreting fluid power schematics and applying it to troubleshooting techniques. Students will also engage in troubleshooting electrical systems as they apply to fluid power systems. Computer aided programs will be used to design hydraulic and pneumatic schematics.
Annual Delivery Schedule
|Course Code||Course Title||Fall||Winter||Spring|
|CNTR1200||Introduction to PLCs (Using Allen-Bradley PLC-5s)||X|
|ELEC1780||Basic Electrical Theory and Motor Controls||X|
|IFME0030||Advanced Hydraulic Controls||X|
|IFME1320||Introduction to Hydraulics||X||X||X|
|IFME1350||Introduction to Pneumatics||X||X||X|
|IFME1000||Advanced Hydraulic Repair Techniques||X|
|IFME1360||Schematics and Troubleshooting Fluid Power Systems||X|
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