Introduction to Hydraulic Components

Provided by: ToolingU

"Introduction to Hydraulic Components" provides users with an overview of how the active and passive components of a hydraulic system work together to transmit power. The active components of a hydraulic system are the hydraulic pump, control valves, and the actuator. Fluid conductors and fluid storage containers are passive components. Each part of a hydraulic system contributes to the manipulation of pressurized hydraulic fluid in order for the system to perform work. After completing "Introduction to Hydraulic Components," users will have an understanding of how the main components of a hydraulic system work together to convert hydraulic energy into mechanical power. Fluid system operators should be knowledgeable about the functions of hydraulic system components and how each part contributes to the success of the hydraulic system.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe hydraulic power
  • Identify the primary components of a hydraulic system
  • Describe hydraulic fluids
  • Describe important properties of hydraulic fluids
  • Distinguish between hydraulic fluid conductors
  • Describe hydraulic pumps
  • Distinguish between the main types of hydraulic pumps
  • Describe how to select a hydraulic pump for a specific application
  • Describe prime movers in a hydraulic system
  • Describe hydraulic intensifiers
  • Describe accumulators
  • Describe linear actuators
  • Describe rotary actuators
  • Describe the function of control valves
  • Describe heat exchangers.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for mechanical/electrical/plumbing maintenance technicians.

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Fluid Power, Power Distribution

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2.5 hrs



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