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Understanding & Troubleshooting Hydraulics

A 2-Day Training Course for Everyday Building, Plant & Facility Maintenance
Day 1 - Systems & Components: What they are and how they work
Day 2 - Troubleshooting: Identifying & fixing common problems

Both Days - $990  |  Day 1 - $495  |  Day 2 - $495

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"Very easy to comprehend"
Joe Reese - BDU Inc. - Director of Fluid Power

"Started the class with no knowledge of hydraulics and ended with confidence"
Mike Smith - Mechanic - Johns-Manville

"The instructor gave 'Real World" applications, experiences and terminology to make the whole seminar practical"
Nathanya Myers - Human Genome Sciences Inc.

Purpose of Seminar:

Being able to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot your own hydraulic equipment and systems starts with simply understanding how and why all the various components work. That is what this hydraulics maintenance course is all about. We will provide you the basic building blocks and information you need to become proficient in working with industrial hydraulics and fluid power, whether a small mobile unit or large industrial installation. This course is perfect for multi-craft technicians needing to understand basic hydraulics to the skilled fluid power technicians who just need a solid refresher. And because we know time is money, this seminar is designed to have immediate impact so that you can start saving maintenance dollars on costly repairs and service calls today! Students attending this course are expected to go back to their workplace and immediately apply what they have learned.

Who should take this course?

This hydraulic seminar is a must for anyone who is involved with fluid power maintenance at industrial plants, utilities or commercial and private building facilities. Attendees come from a wide variety of industries, skill-levels, company sizes, and job titles, so if you’re not sure you’ll fit in or will benefit from the class, don’t worry - you will, as long as you have an interest in learning about hydraulics! People who will benefit from attending this seminar include

All maintenance personnel in:

  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Utilities
  • Wastewater Facilities
  • Mining
  • Government Buildings
  • Oil Refineries
  • Construction
  • Airports


  • Mechanics
  • Fluid Power Technicians
  • Machine Operators
  • Plant & Facility Managers
  • Building Engineers
  • Pipefitters
  • Multi-craft & Cross Training Personnel
  • GSE Maintenance Technicians
  • Any person needing a basic course in Basic Hydraulics!

Training Outcomes

Upon completion of this course students will receive a training certificate indicating that the student has learned:

  1. Identify hydraulic components by their schematic symbols
  2. Understand the applications of both primary and auxiliary components
  3. Select the correct valves, motors and actuators to obtain desired results
  4. Design simple hydraulic circuits using schematics
  5. Diagnose and avoid common system & component problems
  6. Understand the differences between mobile and industrial hydraulics
  7. Determine applications for, install and charging of an accumulator
  8. Select, size, seal and route hydraulic pipes and hoses
  9. Control heat, filtration and contamination in hydraulic systems
  10. Work with hydraulic fluids and components in a safe and environmentally friendly manner
  11. Properly test and inspect hydraulic systems
  12. Diagnose system versus component problems
  13. Evaluate the cause and effect of changing or re-sizing system components

Discussion Topics


Hydraulic Systems & Components: What They Are and How They Work

This course begins with an overview of hydraulic principles and progresses through hydraulic system components including pumps, valves, cylinders, motors, rotary actuators, accumulators and filters with emphasis placed on component structure and the identification of the components by the proper symbol as standardized by ANSI and ISO.

Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, audio-visual material including PowerPoint presentation, and lab exercises with real world hydraulic components. Discussion topics include:

  • Hydraulic Principles
  • Positive-Displacement Pumps
  • Flow Control Valves
  • Directional Control Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Hydraulic Cylinders
  • Hydraulic Motors
  • Hydraulic Rotary Actuators
  • Pressure Control Valves
  • Pilot Operated Pressure Control Valves
  • Accumulators
  • Fluid Conductors
  • Reservoirs, Heat Exchangers and Filters


Troubleshooting: How to Identify and Fix Common Problems

During Day 1, students gain a basic "working knowledge" of industrial hydraulic components and their function within an operational system. This course builds on that knowledge and is designed to help the student become aware of the decision making process that is part of a good troubleshooting procedure.

The instructor focuses the class on the hydraulic troubleshooting process and the inspection and testing tasks that are part of a systematic approach to locating malfunctions and their underlying causes. The lab exercises require the students to troubleshoot real world system problems. Discussion topics include:

  • Application of Hydraulics
  • Troubleshooting
  • Hydraulic Safety
  • Basic Troubleshooting Requirements
  • Generalization on Hydraulic Troubleshooting
  • Noisy and Cavitating Pumps
  • No System Pressure
  • Low or Erratic System Pressure
  • No Movement of Actuator
  • Slow or Erratic Actuator
  • System Running Hot
  • Common Cylinder Problems
  • Solenoid Failure
  • Internal and External Leaking Control
  • Troubleshooting Hydrostatic Transmission

What You Will Take Home

• American Trainco Seminar Manual - detailing all Hydraulics Training material covered in the class

• Personalized " Understanding & Troubleshooting Hydraulics Training Certificate with 0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for each day attended or 1.6 CEUs for attending both days. American Trainco CEUs are approved by the MTAA.

• All the information you need from asking our instructors specific questions about your hydraulic systems, pumps, cylinders and valves including brand specific ( Parker, Eaton, Rexroth Vickers …. ) questions.

Optional ATMT Certification® Testing

An optional ATMT® Certification exam is available for this training topic. It may be taken online or as a written test any time after the class is over. Please visit ATMT® Testing and Certification for more information.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

All students attending our seminars receive a personalized Certificate of Completion and .8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) per day of training. Over 40,000 employers and government agencies who have sent their employees to our classes accept American Trainco CEUs for continuing education requirements. Our administration and record keeping practices meet or exceed the standards of ACE (American Council on Education) and we are able to provide transcripts of all classes attended and tests taken by individual students. Please contact us if our CEUs are not yet accepted by your authority. We will initiate an application to get the approval process started.

In House Training

You can bring this or any American Trainco seminar directly to your plant or facility. We offer dozens of courses covering a broad range of maintenance and maintenance management topics. Our expert instructors are among the most experienced in the industry and can modify or customize training programs to meet your specific needs - whether you need a short refresher course or an in depth program that focuses on your equipment and processes. In house training reduces the training cost per employee and limits the time required away from work. There are several other advantages of in house training as well.

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U.S. and Canada

If you're not yet sure you'll be able to attend a seminar, you can still make a reservation to hold your space in class. While payment is due prior to the start of the seminar, you may choose a full refund or credit for cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance. Student substitutions can also be freely made at any time prior to the start of the seminar. Refunds will not be issued for registered attendees who fail to show up and have not given a notice of cancellation.

In the rare event that should you not receive the expected value after attending our seminar, simply notify us in writing of your reasons and your money will be promptly refunded.

International and Overseas

If you're not yet sure you'll be able to attend a seminar, you can still make a reservation to hold your space in class. However, payment for international and overseas students must be made prior to the start of the seminar (in Dollars U.S.), and all seminar fees are non-refundable. Student substitutions can be freely made at any time prior to the start of the seminar. American Trainco’s Money-Back Guarantee does not apply for international and overseas registrations.

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