• Class Time: Day and Evening
  • Semester: Fall or Spring Semester
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie
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Are you interested in the way things move? Fluid Power Engineering Technology takes that curiosity and puts it to work. The fluid power industry is one of the fastest growing technologies today. Fluid Power technicians are responsible for researching and designing, fabricating, operating, testing, servicing, and selling fluid power systems. You will work with hand and machine tools, evaluating and adjusting systems for maximum efficiency. At HTC, you will get the hands-on training that prepares you for success, so you are ready for opportunities in industries such as automation, material handling and processing, heavy equipment, plant automation, and fluid power distribution.


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Labs and Classrooms

Our labs are equipped with over a million dollars of equipment  to train students on both the state-of-the-art equipment using computers, PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), servos and proportional control valves, instrumentation, as well as the simpler manual and solenoid control systems. The program provides many hydraulic systems and components to work with as well as pneumatic, electrical, and electronics hardware for hands-on learning.


Tools and equipment that are used in the lab are provided by the college. Students need to have their own pair of safety glasses and a TI-30XA calculator, along with notebooks and necessary supplies. If you have a different scientific calculator that you are comfortable with, you may use it.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to purchase, or have the use of, the various textbooks that are required throughout the program. Instructors try to minimize the number of required books and strive to get maximim use out of each book that is required.

Work Environment

We will be using both a classroom and a working lab.  You will receive hands-on training in the fluid power engineering lab and the manufacturing engineering technology lab. It will be your responsibility to help keep the labs clean and safe as you work on various projects that will enhance your learning. Education should be fun, enjoyable, and very informative. The instructors will make your experience at HTC a great one that you will remember for a lifetime.

Job Outlook

The fluid power industry is one of the fastest growing industries today. Technicians will find employment with industries in automation, material handling and processing, heavy equipment, plant automation, and fluid power distribution. These opportunities will exist in large and small local companies as well as international markets. Jobs will include supervision, engineering, inside and outside sales consultant, and product development.  

The job market for a hydraulic or pneumatic technicians has been steady. Prior to 2009, each campus received approximately 300 jobs postings each year.  Most of them were offers from a wide variety of companies. In 2011, there were fewer companies with requests for a larger number of graduates.



Fluid Power Engineering Technician Diploma

Fluid Power Mechanic Diploma

Hydraulic Engineering Technician Diploma

Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Certificate

Pneumatic Engineering Technician Diploma


Average starting salary is $18.71 per hour (Source: iseek.org.), with typical annual salaries ranging from $35,000 to $50,000. Three years of experience greatly enhances earning potential.

Potential Job Titles

Fluid Power Engineering Technician and/or Fluid Power Certified Specialist


Hennepin Technical College has articulation agreements or transfer agreements with several universities if you choose to continue your education. Please visit the Minnesota Transfer website for a complete list of options.

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