Fluid Power - 847

Mohawk College Certificate
Student working with Hydraulic equipments

Intended for individuals employed in fluid power-related occupations who must work with systems from a practical standpoint, but who have little or no formal training in fluid power. The program emphasizes practical hands-on applications of hydraulics/pneumatics, components/systems, troubleshooting methods and electronic/electrical control for fluid power.


Approved safety glasses and footwear are required for some components of this program.

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Continuing Education Skills
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • Basic knowledge of, or experience with, fluid power systems required.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2017/18 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Technology and Skills.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Various applications of fluid power, automation and motion control technology will be studies across a myriad of industries. Topics for project development in various sectors will be selected for development for the senior project.
Prerequisites: STENMF201
Equivalents: STENMF452 or STENMF102
Course description: This course introduces the principles of industrial hydraulics. The design and application of power units, pumps, motors, conductors and fluids will be introduced to the student.
Prerequisites: STENMF202
Course description: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to describe the operation of a basic pneumatic system and the purpose of the various components used in the system. Develop basic pneumatic schematics using standard ISO symbols and assemble/troubleshoot the circuit using the schematic previously developed.
Course description: The course is designed to take the basic hydraulic principles learned in Introductory Hydraulics and apply those principles to several types of control valving & accessories found in a hydraulic system. The student will become familiar with these types of control valves, accessories and hydraulic fluids and how/where to apply these components in an operating hydraulic system to assure efficient operation of a system for a specific application. Utilizing specific laboratory equipment the student will have opportunity to do hands on lab experiments with typical valving/accessories found in industry today.
Prerequisites: STENMF201
Equivalents: STENMF101
Course description: The course is designed to introduce the student to more complex design principles, building upon the fundamentals presented in the introductory pneumatics course. Students will familiarize themselves with the cascade method of design and will be exposed to the electrical control aspects of valves. Students will be well versed in the application of relay logic and basic PLC programming utilizing hand held units on multi-cylinder trainers simulating a typical industrial application to automate a production process.
Prerequisites: STENMF202
Equivalents: ELECMF104 or STENMF105
Course description: This course covers the basics of proportional/servo control for a hydraulic system. Included will be the operation, design considerations and applications for both proportional and servo hydraulics with the main emphasis on proportional control. This course includes lab time to allow application of the physical operation of these controls, where available.
Prerequisites: STENMF254
Equivalents: ELECMF104