TAFP-150: Introduction to Industrial Hydraulics

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Trade & Apprentice Education
Skilled Trade & Apprenticeship
Academic Level
Course Subject
TAE - Fluid Power
Course Number
Course Title
Introduction to Industrial Hydraulics
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
TAFD-150 or TAE Apprentice Coordinator/Instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the principles of fluid power as applied to industrial systems. Presents various hydraulic components and their functions within fluid power systems. Laboratory activities.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Introduction, Safety Policies and Procedures, Review
  2. Basic Hydraulic Theory, Transmission of Force, Laws of Power Hydraulics
  3. Components Used to Control Hydraulic Energy, Technical Terms, Hydraulic Symbols
  4. Hydraulic Fluid, Fluid Conductors, Seals
  5. Reservoirs and Contamination Control
  6. Hydraulic Pumps
  7. Hydraulic Actuators
  8. Directional Valves
  9. Pressure Controls
  10. Flow Controls
  11. Cartridge and Stack Valves, Proportional and Servo Valves
  12. Hydraulic Accessories
  13. Hydraulic Systems
  14. Troubleshooting and Noise Control
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Utilize safe work practices when dealing with hydraulic equipment in the lab.
  2. Describe the behavior of a fluid.
  3. Match fluid power terminology and symbology, to a description of their function.
  4. Identify various cylinder types, styles, and their function in a fluid power system.*
  5. Apply simple fluid power laws to fluids under load and flow conditions.
  6. Describe the functions of reservoirs, filters, and strainers as components of a fluid power system.
  7. Match petroleum and synthetic base fluids to their characteristics.
  8. Identify various pump types, styles, internal components, and their function within the fluid power system.
  9. Identify various valve types, styles, internal components, and their function within the fluid power system.
  10. Analyze the operation/function of simple relief, compound relief, and pressure control valves circuit.*
  11. Identify various conductors and their corresponding sizing/assembly methods.
  12. Assemble and debug various hydraulic circuit from an ANSI prints.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

All assessment of student achievement is left to the discretion of the individual instructor.  Final grade will be a combination of quiz grades, lab assignments, and the final exam.


Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the TAE Department.


Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2014
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date