This 27-hour, five 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.

Program Overview:


  • Feb 22-25, 2021 (Online)
  • May 24-28, 2021 (70269)

CEUs: 2.7
Cost: $2,160 (Includes all handout materials, graduation luncheon and break refreshments)

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 successful 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
  • 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

Program Details:

Course Outline:

  • 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” 




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.

Additional Details:

  • Participants will have an opportunity to build hydraulic circuits and analyze data on state-of-the-art hydraulic trainers.
  • Be sure to bring a scientific calculator to class.


  • Dr. Medhat Khalil – Director of Professional Education & Research Development, Applied Technology CenterTM, Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Paul Michael – Director, Reliability and Contamination Control Programs, Fluid Power InstituteTM
  • Tom Wanke – Director of Fluid Power Industrial Consortium and Industry Affairs

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