Hydraulic Engineering Technician (BP/EP) Associate in Applied Science Degree

Overview and Award Outcomes


The Hydraulic Engineering Technician A.A.S. degree program prepares individuals to perform high level research and design work utilized in the fluid power industry. Emphasis is placed on hydraulic system design, test and evaluation, problem-solving, business communications, system integration, computer-aided circuit construction and programmable logic controls. Hydraulic Engineering Technicians design, modify and specify motion controls for today's high-speed production equipment. The program will focus on improving hydraulic system efficiency through the integration of technology (hydraulics, PLC's, industrial controls and computers). Individuals with a high mechanical aptitude that enjoy working with their hands as well as their minds should consider this program. This individual must be a people orientated person.

Award Outcomes

Demonstrate teamwork

Adhere to Occupational Safety & Health Administration (O.S.H.A.) safety guidelines and practices

Identify components that are utilized in the fluid power industry

Apply engineering concepts as they relate to fluid power applications

Employ fluid power best-practices methods when troubleshooting and repairing fluid power systems

Apply National Electrical Manufacturers Association (N.E.M.A.) and International Electrotechnical Commission (I.E.C.) electrical standards and practices as they relate to electrical concepts and equipment

Design fluid power systems in accordance with National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards and practices

Utilize calculations as they relate to the design of efficient fluid power applications

Examine engineering design practices as they relate to the transmission of power

Develop programmable logic controller (PLC) programs using Boolean algebra methods and computer software applications

Integrate electrical, programmable logic controller (PLC) and electronic hardware with motion control components

Instrument fluid power systems

Utilize data acquisition methods when analyzing fluid power application efficiency

Incorporate human machine interface (HMI) technologies with fluid power applications

Produce engineering drawings and schematics using American National Standards Institute (ANSI), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and industry symbols and standards

Use applied physics to investigate power transmission methods

Collaborate with others to create a capstone project that utilizes the engineering portfolio concept

Career Opportunities

The fluid power industry is one of the fastest growing technologies today. Hydraulic Engineering Technicians will find employment with industries in automation, material handling and processing, heavy equipment, plant automation and fluid power distribution. These opportunities will exist in large and small companies in local as well as international markets. Jobs will include supervision, hydraulic engineering, inside and outside sales consultant and product development.

Program Requirements

Technical Studies Required 45 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
FLPW1101Fluid Power Technology I


FLPW1106Fluid Power Technology II


FLPW1181Pumps, Actuators, and Conductors


FLPW1191Hydraulic Components


FLPW1231Industrial Electricity I


FLPW1236Industrial Electricity II


FLPW1320Hydraulic Circuits


FLPW2000Programmable Logic Controllers


FLPW2180Circuit Design


FLPW2112Instrumentation of Fluid Power Systems


FLPW2191Industrial Circuit Design


FLPW2250Proportional and Servo Controls (Robotics Application)


FLPW2301Mobile Circuit Design


FLPW2350Hydraulic Specialist Certification Review


METS2100Statics and Strength of Materials


General Education Required 12 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ENGL2121Writing and Research



ENGL2125Technical Writing



Choose 9 credits from 2 MnTC Goal Areas 2-10


General Education Elective 3 Credits

Choose credits from Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses.

Technical Studies Elective 0 Credits

Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60

Semester Sequence

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