Hydraulics, Pneumatics, and Controls

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MFG 135

       Course Name: Hydraulics, Pneumatics, and Controls

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Instruction is divided between hydraulic, pneumatic, and control areas. Hands-on operation and troubleshooting of training equipment is used to illustrate fluid properties, pressure, and pipe friction. Actual components used includes: pumps, reservoirs and accumulators, actuators, control valves, packing and seals, compressors, and electrical controls (including PLC’s). The course targets those who maintain and design fluid power systems.

IV.   Learning Objectives

To understand the theory and practices of fluid power.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A. Principles of Hydraulics

B. Fluids for Hydraulics

C. Sealing Hydraulic Devices

D. Hydraulic Power

E. Hydraulic Power Sources

F. Control of Hydraulic Power
    6.1 Directional Valves
    6.2 Open and Closed Center Circuits
    6.3 Flow Control Valves
    6.4 Restrictors
    6.5 Metering Circuits

G. Hydraulic actuators
    7.1 cylinders
    7.2 motors

H. Troubleshooting of hydraulic systems

I. Principle of pneumatics

J. Compressed air systems

K. Pneumatics controls
    11.1 directional valves
    11.2 solenoid valves
    11.3 regulators
    11.4 filters
    11.5 lubricators

L. Use of pneumatic power and troubleshooting pneumatic systems

M. Electrical control including PLC’s

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures, demonstrations, and weekly labs.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Regular attendance and participation in labs is required.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Parker Hannafin Guide to Hydraulics/Pneumatics

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Examinations, quizzes, and lab practicals.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.