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Foundation in hydraulics

Training course

The course is designed to familiarise delegates with the construction and operation of hydraulic components. Investigating the construction and operation of a range of hydraulic equipment, the course covers the fundamental principles of hydraulics as well as the individual components.

Valves controlling pressure, flow rate, sequence and direction of flow are included and practical exercises are used to demonstrate their operation, based on standard symbol circuit diagrams drawn by the delegates. Maintenance and a systematic approach to fault finding are also covered.

A strong emphasis is placed on safety and appropriate working practices throughout the course, especially during the practical sessions. Particular attention is paid to the storage of pressure with accumulators or suspended loads.

Target group

All personnel involved with the design, assembly, maintenance, operation and servicing of hydraulic systems.

Previous knowledge

General engineering background.


  • SI units and conversions
  • Basic principles and definitions
  • Drawing symbols
  • The power pack
  • Pump efficiency test
  • Pressure limiting valves
  • Hydraulic cylinders
  • Directional control valves
  • Valve port labelling
  • Flow control, meter-in and meter-out
  • Counter-balance valves
  • Pressure compensated flow control
  • Sequence valves
  • Hydraulic motors
  • Motor circuits
  • Pressure regulation
  • Pilot operated valves
  • Accumulators
  • Care of hydraulic oils
  • Pipe sizing and installation
  • Maintenance
  • Overview of proportional hydraulics

Training outcomes

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of hydraulics
  • Understand the basic functions of hydraulic systems
  • Understand the functions of valves (flow control, pressure control, directional control and non-return)
  • Recognise circuit symbols and diagrams to ISO 1219
  • Design and construct basic hydraulic circuits
  • Understand safe practice
  • Understand the functions of power packs, pumps, filters and reservoirs

NOTE: Course contents are only a guide and will be covered as far as time permits.

Candidates will also use FluidSIM, a software package for the design and simulation of fluid power circuits. To download a free demonstration version of FluidSIM visit

Course dates

  • 14 - 16 May 2019
  • 1 - 3 October 2019


3 days
(Practical exercises are completed throughout the course).


£925.00 (+VAT)

Booking & Enquiries

To book this Training Course please use our Online booking form or get in touch using one of the contact methods below.

Thorite Training Academy, Thorite House, Laisterdyke, Bradford, BD4 8BZ

Tel: 01274 663471
Fax: 01274 657024

If you would like to discuss this course or any of our Training Courses, please contact us on 01274 663471 or email

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