ELEC-185: Pneumatics

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Adv Manufacturing/Fabrication
Electrical Engineering Technol
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Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Explores the principles of fluid power pneumatics as they apply to industrial systems. Examines various pneumatic components with respect to their functions within pneumatic power and control systems. Includes extensive laboratory activities.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Safety.
  2. Procedures review from applied tech/FP systems.
  3. Fluid power pneumatics – cylinders (output devices).
  4. Basic gas laws.
  5. Compressors (input devices).
  6. Distribution systems.
  7. Receivers, filtration, regulation, and lubrication.
  8. Power systems.
  9. Controls systems.
  10. Controls (signals).
  11. Circuit design: techniques.
  12. Circuit design: fabrication.
  13. Circuit design: assembly using a diagram.
  14. Circuit design: troubleshooting.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Demonstrate awareness of safety considerations when dealing with pneumatic equipment in the lab and on the job.
  2. Predict the behavior of a gas given changes in temperature and volume.
  3. Understand common pneumatic terminology, symbology, and the application of both.
  4. Match various cylinder types and styles to their function in a fluid power system.
  5. Apply simple gas laws with respect to gases under load and flow conditions.
  6. Describe the functions of receivers, filters, regulators, and lubricators as components of a fluid power system.
  7. Describe power and control air.
  8. Match various compressor types, styles, and components to their function within the pneumatic system.
  9. Analyze various valve types, styles, and internal components to their function within a pneumatic system.
  10. Demonstrate the use of Pneumatic pilots (controls) to initiate circuit action.
  11. Describe the operation/function of signals used in control systems.
  12. Assemble various power and control circuit configurations from a control ladder diagram to demonstrate their functionality.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. Unit and chapter tests given throughout the semester. Tests represent 50 percent of the course grade.
  2. Informal and formal laboratory activities and performance exercises in which students demonstrate an understanding of assigned circuit systems. Formal laboratory activities are submitted as a written report and represents 25 percent of the course grade.
  3. Final exam in which common questions are asked covering the units and topics presented throughout the semester. The final exam is worth 25 percent of the course grade.


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Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2022
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