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Introduction to Hydraulics, Pneumatics and PLC's


This hands on course will provide you with some of the basic skills and knowledge needed as a stepping stone to get into the engineering industry or higher levels of study. Within the engineering industry, Hydraulics and Pneumatics are highly utilised in a number of machines and equipment that require continuous maintenance to ensure productivity within a company is not lost. In recent years, the development of Programme Logic Controllers (PLC’s) has grown at a rapid rate and this introduction will teach the principles of this relationship.

Whether your interest is related to design engineering systems, or cutting edge engineering such as within the motorsport and aerospace sectors, then this course could be the start of the journey to get you there.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.  You just need to be interested and want to attend and learn. 

Start dates and fees

The course starts on 26th April 2021

  • If you are 19+ and unemployed and receiving relevant benefit – course is Free
  • If you are 19+ not receiving benefit the course will cost you £75

How long is the course?

21 hours for 3 hours a week from 5.30 - 8.30 pm, over a 7 week period.

How will I be assessed?

There are no formal assessments for this course. However, using state of the art equipment, we help you and teach you the basics of how to do the following;

  • Learn basic principles of pneumatic and hydraulic components
  • Theory and practical application of hydraulics
  • World of Pneumatics and real world applications
  • Assembly and creation of basic electro pneumatic circuits
  • How PLC’s work and their application in Automation

What does the course lead to?

This is an interest only course that is non-accredited. This course is not designed specifically to lead to employment but could initiate an interest or option for you to follow pathways into employment or further training;

  • A level 3 apprenticeship in the disciplines of Maintenance, Design, Mechanical or Electrical engineering
  • A level 2/3 full-time course such as the Level 3 Electrical or Mechanical Engineering programme
  • Full-time employment within the engineering industry

What will I study?

You will study some of the following topics so that you have a practical understanding of electrical & electronics engineering;

  • Basic introduction into Hydraulics
  • Basic introduction into Pneumatics
  • Basic introduction into Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Fault finding and testing capabilities

What can I go on to study?

You can go on to study other accredited or non-accredited courses. The courses listed below are our accredited courses:

  • Level 2/3 Robotics and Automation
  • Level 2/3 Engineering Design
  • Level 2/3 Engineering Operations and Maintenance
  • Level 2/3 Electrical or Mechanical Engineering
  • Level 1/2/3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

How do I apply?

You can apply directly by contacting the customer enquiries team on 0808 100 3626


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