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Level I
2 Day
Instructor-Led Course

Practical Hydraulics

Learn to:

  • Explain fluid power principles
  • Connect complete hydraulic systems
  • Confirm maximum and safe pressure ratings
  • Interpret component symbol and function data
  • Identify components by their appearance
  • Safely adjust basic pressure and flow controls
  • Identify directional valve ports and functions
  • Verify system pump types and characteristics
  • Load a cylinder or motor and interpret pressure readings

Practical Hydraulics is an instructor-led course that features plenty of hands-on time using our live hydraulic training panels and component simulation software. Our instructors also facilitate lively discussion and encourage questions; the more specific to your exact equipment, the better!

This level I course is the first step in rigorous hydraulics training. Students identify, connect and adjust a variety of flow, pressure and directional control valves on a live hydraulics training panel. Pump basics are covered along with system adjustments, schematic symbol reading and safe work practices. Students are encouraged to verify fluid power theory through hands-on work with live systems in the classroom.

Great content. The most valuable was the basic laws and physics around hydraulics. This is important and essential to help with troubleshooting. A very effective teaching style.Craig M., Tolko

Fluid Power Basics

Objective: Explain fundamental fluid power principles

Activity: Calculate force, pressure and surface area

The FPA triangle helps students remember the relationship between force, pressure and area using a simple image.

Very informative and exciting. Great use of visual with the animations. Completely worthwhile to anyone who works with hydraulicsTerry D., Rangerboard

Fluid Power Math

Objective: Describe design principles

Activity: Calculate force multiplication in hydraulic systems

How can low pressure work with large forces? You'll find out!

The demonstrations and practical work were great in helping to visually understand everything that goes on.Dustin, Mechanic, Teck Coal

Pump Basics

Objective: Identify types and characteristics of pumps

Activity: Correctly connect a pump to a fluid source and circuit

Fixed and variable displacement pumps have very different characteristics. Recognizing which kind of pump you are working with is vital in understanding system behavior.

I learned the ability to verify pump settings on hydraulic systems.Drake A, Sanjel

Pressure Valves

Objective: Differentiate between various types of pressure valves

Activity: Connect and correctly adjust pressure valves

Recognize pressure valves by sight & read the symbols like a pro

This course is perfect for people who have a basic understanding of hydraulic systems and need hands-on training.Jeff D., Zedi

Pressure Relief Valves

Objective: Explain single acting and balanced relief valves

Activity: Measure cracking pressure versus full-flow, setting pressure

Detect and compensate for pressure override in any pressure valve

Animated schematics make valves a lot easier to follow. Great teaching techniques.Brad, Mechanic, Syncrude

Directional Valves

Objective: Explain directional valve types and circuit configurations

Activity: Connect and configure open, closed, tandem and float center directional valves

Know your 2, 3 and 4 port directional valves

Flow Control Valves

Objective: Predict the effect of flow control adjustments on actuators and pressure values

Activity: Connect flow controls into typical configurations for hydraulic circuits

Achieve clarity on meter-in and meter-out flow control modes

Cylinders and Motors

Objective: Predict motion and pressure responses at actuators

Activity: Connect and load a cylinder and motor and read pressures

Know your actuator displacement, speeds and pressures

It's a really good course. It will help you read and understand schematics much better.Dana M., Shell


Objective: List hydraulic system hazards and proper work precautions

Activity: Bleed down pressures and verify a zero energy state

Develop safe work habits and procedures around hydraulics

I now realize the hazards of working with hydraulics, that I didn't know before.Ines H., Mechanic, Pioneer Natural Resources

Where to go from here?

Practical Hydraulics is part of a general hydraulics training plan. It leads into our most popular course, How to Maintain & Troubleshoot Hydraulic Systems, or any of our machine-specific courses including Hydraulics for Slickline and Wireline, Hydraulics for Coiled Tubing, and Fundamentals of Crane Hydraulics.

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