TAFP-160: Pneumatic Power and Control

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Trade & Apprentice Education
Skilled Trade & Apprenticeship
Academic Level
Course Subject
TAE - Fluid Power
Course Number
Course Title
Pneumatic Power and Control
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 applied to industrial systems. Examines various pneumatic components with respect to their functions within pneumatic power and control systems.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Basic Relationships, Safety Policies and Procedures
  2. Characteristics of Compressed Air, Terminology and Symbols Used in Pneumatics, Physical Properties
  3. Compressed Air Production, Types of Compressors, Criteria for Selection of Compressors
  4. Distribution of Compressed Air, Contamination, Compressed Air Filters, and Pressure Regulation
  5. Compressed Air Lubrication, Service Unit
  6. Pneumatic Working Elements, Pneumatic Cylinders, Types of Mounting, and Cylinder Construction
  7. Calculations for Cylinders and Rotary Operation Pneumatic Elements
  8. Basic Units and Cylinder with Mounted Air Control Block Hydro-pneumatic Systems
  9. Feed Unit, Rotary Index Table, Collet Chuck, Air Cushion Sliding Table, Vacuum Suction Nozzle, and Vacuum Suction Head
  10. Valves and Directional Valves
  11. One-way Valves and Pressure Control Valves
  12. Shut-off Valve, Valve Combinations, and Program Control Unit
  13. Proximity Sensing Devices, Air Barrier, Back-pressure Sensor, Pressure Amplifiers - single stage and two stage
  14. Pneumatic-electric Signal Conversion, Signal Converter, and Signal Converter Contractor
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Define basic pneumatic terms.
  2. Describe basic pneumatic concepts.
  3. Diagram a pneumatic circuit to code.
  4. Analyze a pneumatic system.
  5. Identify the basic pneumatic components.
  6. Identify the characteristics of air power.
  7. Describe trouble concerns in components of a pneumatic power system.
  8. Analyze and troubleshoot pneumatic hydraulic circuits according to standard practices.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement may include (but is not limited to) exams, quizzes, homework, and laboratory assignments.


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



Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2022
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date