Introduction to Hydraulics

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This 27-hour seminar on Intro to Hydraulics is designed to acquaint individuals with the fluid power field and provide a practical working knowledge of this important and growing industry. This program features laboratory sessions where participants will gain practical experience working with actual fluid power components and systems. Specifically, laboratory sessions will treat the disassembly, inspection and assembly of individual components, as well as system design examples.


Who Should Attend

This program is intended for individuals with limited exposure to fluid power, including engineers, technical sales personnel, technicians and management personnel.

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • identify the distinguishing features of hydraulic systems.
  • recognize hydraulic components by symbols and read schematics based on ISO standards.
  • analyze hydraulic circuits from a schematic drawing using animated schematics modeled by Automation Studio.
  • explain the operation and applications of pumps, rotors, valves, cylinders, rotary actuators and accumulators.
  • utilize continuity and energy balance equations.
  • understand the basic configuration and operation of hydrostatic transmissions.

You also will earn 2.7 CEUs.

Laboratory Sessions

Participants will have an opportunity to build hydraulic circuits and analyze data on state-of-the-art hydraulic trainers.

Calculator: Be sure to bring a scientific calculator to class.


  • Hydraulic systems overview
  • Basic concepts review
  • Hydraulic pumps and motors
  • Hydraulic valves overview
  • Hydraulic accumulators
  • Hydraulic circuits for basic applications


Dr. Medhat Khalil – Director of Professional Education & Research Development, Applied Technology CenterTM
Paul Michael – Director, Reliability and Contamination Control Programs, Fluid Power InstituteTM
Tom Wanke – Director, Fluid Power InstituteTM


Jan 4-8, 2016
March 28 – April 1, 2016
July 11 – 15, 2016
October 3 – 7, 2016



Includes all handout materials, graduation luncheon and break refreshments


Day 1: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Lunch (included): Noon to 1 p.m.

Days 2-4: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Lunch (on your own): Noon to 1 p.m.

Day 5: 9 a.m. to Noon – Box lunch provided

Continental breakfast served daily.
Beverages/Snacks provided throughout the day.


There are a number of fine hotels in the downtown Milwaukee area, some within a few blocks of campus.

More Information

Dr. Medhat Khalil
Director of Professional Education & Research Development
Certified Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist
Certified Fluid Power Accredited Instructor
(414) 277-7269

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