Introduction to Hydraulics for Industry Professionals

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This 27-hour 5-day seminar introduces hydraulic systems from the basic concepts to the building and operation of these systems. The core part of the course covers the construction and the operation of the basic hydraulic components such as pumps, motors, valves, cylinders, rotary actuators and accumulators. The course discusses also the terminologies used in the field, the sources of inefficiencies in the system, and the main specifications of each of the aforementioned hydraulic components. The course concluded by exploring the basic techniques to build hydraulic systems that work safely and efficiently.

The course covers basic applications such as pressure limiting, pump unloading, driving single and multiple actuators against, resistive, overrunning, and combined loads. Other applications are covered such as sequence control and hydrostatic transmission. Course attendees will receive a textbook that contains one year free license to use the “Hydraulic Component Sizing Calculator” software and a copy of the animated circuits.

You Will Learn 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
  • Perform the required calculation to size a basic hydraulic system
  • Explain the operation and applications of pumps, motors, valves, cylinders, rotary actuators and accumulators
  • Apply continuity and energy balance equations
  • Describe the basic configuration and operation of hydrostatic transmissions

You also will earn 2.7 CEUs.

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Who Should Attend

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

Laboratory Sessions

Introduction to Hydraulics for Industry Professionals seminar textbook
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

Seminar attendees receive a free copy of “Introduction to Hydraulics for Industry Professionals, Hydraulic Systems Volume 1“.


Dr. Medhat Khalil – Director of Professional Education & Research Development, Applied Technology CenterTM, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI, USA.

Medhat has constantly been working on his academic development through the years, starting from Bachelor and Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering in Cairo, Egypt proceeding with his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and his Post-Doctoral Industrial Research Fellowship at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

He has been certified and is a member of many grand name institutions such as: Certified Hydraulic Specialist by the International Fluid Power Society IFPS; Certified Accredited Fluid Power Instructor by the International Fluid Power Society IFPS; Member of Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power Engineering Research Center (CCEFP); Listed Fluid Power Consultant by the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA); Member of the Board at the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS); President and Technical Director of CompuDraulic; Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Having worked as Director of Professional Education and Research Development at MSOE’s Applied Technology CenterTM, Medhat has a vast working experience in the field of mechanical engineering and more specifically hydraulics. He has developed and taught fluid power system training courses for industry professionals, being familiar with the technological developments in the field of fluid power and motion control and the production program of the leading fluid power companies. In addition, he has designed several hydraulic systems based on ISO-Standard and developed several analytical and educational software programs.

Paul Michael – Director, Reliability and Contamination Control Programs, Fluid Power InstituteTM
Tom Wanke – Director, Fluid Power InstituteTM


January 23 – 27, 2017
May 1 – 5, 2017



Includes all handout materials, graduation luncheon and break refreshments


Days 1-4: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Lunch: noon to 1 p.m.
Day 5: 9 am – noon.
Continental Breakfast and lunch will be served daily.
Beverages/Snacks are provided throughout the day.

Location and Lodging

Public seminars will be held at the headquarters of our new education partner, GS Global Resources, in Mukwonago, Wis.

  • Address: 926 Perkins Drive, Mukwonago, WI 53149 [MAP]
  • Training room #5050 on the second floor
  • Site contact person: Jeanette Cutberth at (262) 378-5225

For directions and hotel recommendation, please refer to the GS Global Resources website.

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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