Fluid Power Engineering Technicians are responsible for building and modifying fluid power systems. Technicians calculate system parameters, design hydraulic and pneumatic circuits, evaluate operating systems and recommend changes for maximum efficiency. This program will focus on hydraulic and pneumatic component repair and testing, industrial electricity, programmable logic controls, circuit design and system design. Emphasis will be placed on computer-aided circuit construction and software programming of automated systems. Individuals that enjoy working with their hands as well as their minds and have a high mechanical aptitude should consider this program. Technicians must be able to read schematics, determine adjustments to improve system efficiency and recommend circuit changes. Technicians test components and systems, document changes and build new systems.

Career Opportunities

Fluid Power Technicians will find employment with fluid power manufacturing companies, sales organizations and distributors. Positions vary from fluid power technician, inside sales consultant, industrial maintenance technician and product testing.

Award Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate teamwork.
  • Adhere to Occupational Safety & Health Administration (O.S.H.A.) safety guidelines and practices.
  • Identify components that are utilized in the fluid power industry.
  • Apply engineering concepts as they relate to fluid power applications.
  • Employ fluid power best-practices methods when troubleshooting and repairing fluid power systems.
  • Apply National Electrical Manufacturers Association (N.E.M.A.) and International Electrotechnical Commission (I.E.C.) electrical standards and practices as they relate to electrical concepts and equipment.
  • Design fluid power systems in accordance with National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards and practices.
  • Utilize calculations as they relate to the design of efficient fluid power applications.
  • Examine engineering design practices as they relate to the transmission of power.
  • Develop programmable logic controller (PLC) programs using Boolean algebra methods and computer software applications.
  • Integrate electrical, programmable logic controller (PLC) and electronic hardware with motion control components.
  • Instrument fluid power systems.
  • Utilize data acquisition methods when analyzing fluid power application efficiency.
  • Incorporate human machine interface (HMI) technologies with fluid power applications.
  • Produce engineering drawings and schematics using American National Standards Institute (ANSI), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and industry symbols and standards.
  • Use applied physics to investigate power transmission methods.
  • Collaborate with others to create a capstone project that utilizes the engineering portfolio concept.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 54 Credits
General Education Requirements 3 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 6 Credits
  • Recommended:
  • FLPW1150 Pneumatic Components 4
  • FLPW1236 Industrial Electricity II 3
  • FLPW1500 Fluid Power Process Lab 1 to 4
  • FLPW2020 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers 3
  • FLPW2350 Hydraulic Specialist Certification Review 2
  • FLPW2360 Pneumatic Specialist Certification Review 2
General Education Electives 3 Credits
  • Any HTC 1000 level
    higher general education course may be used to satisfy the elective requirements.

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