Fluid Power Mechanic (BP/EP) Diploma

Overview and Award Outcomes


The Fluid Power Mechanic fabricates, assembles, repairs and tests hydraulic and pneumatic components. The mechanic must follow instructions, read schematics, read precision measuring devices, record data and analyze test data. This person troubleshoots automated equipment, performs routine maintenance and connects units to automated control systems. Individuals with previous mechanical experience, small engine or automotive backgrounds do extremely well in the Fluid Power Mechanic program.

This program is designed to prepare an individual to meet the challenges of current industry trends. The program courses cover hydraulics, pneumatics, blueprint reading, programmable logic controls and industrial electricity.

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

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

Career Opportunities

The Fluid Power Mechanic will find employment in hydraulic repair facilities, heavy equipment repair and service and manufacturing (food processing, plastics, printing, precision metal and woodworking industries.)

Program Requirements

Technical Studies Required 30 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
FLPW1101Fluid Power Technology I


FLPW1106Fluid Power Technology II


FLPW1150Pneumatic Components


FLPW1181Pumps, Actuators, and Conductors


FLPW1191Hydraulic Components


FLPW1231Industrial Electricity I


FLPW1320Hydraulic Circuits


FLPW1340Pneumatic Circuits and Air Logic


FLPW2000Programmable Logic Controllers


General Education Required 3 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
METS1000Computers in Manufacturing


General Education Elective 1 Credits

Any HTC 1000 level or higher general education course may be used to satisfy the elective requirements.

Technical Studies Elective 0 Credits

Total Diploma Credits 34

Semester Sequence

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