SCQF Level 7


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Flexible start date




  • Engineering

Why take this course?

Pneumatic and hydraulic systems are used extensively in industry – mechanical technicians and incorporated engineers should therefore have knowledge, understanding and skills in using these systems.

This is a mandatory Unit within the HNC/HND Mechanical Engineering Group Award. It may also be part of other Group Award or taken as a single HN Unit. It has been designed to give you a thorough understanding of the operation and maintenance requirements of pneumatic and hydraulic systems, and is particularly suitable for those who are training to become mechanical technicians or incorporated engineers.

Credit points and level: 1 HN credit at SCQF level 7: (8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)

What you will experience

As you work through the content you will be provided with lots of opportunity to design, assemble and test either a pneumatic or hydraulic system and to develop fault finding skills on a practical or simulated fluid power system containing faults.

The Unit is likely to be delivered within a practical laboratory environment, where you will be provided with the opportunity to undertake a significant amount of hands-on, practical work. Health and safety will be emphasised throughout, and the unit will be assessed on an outcome by outcome basis:

  • Outcome 1 should be assessed using one single assessment paper taken at a single assessment event that should last no more than one hour. This assessment should be conducted under closed-book, supervised, controlled conditions.
  • Outcome 2 should be assessed by means of an assignment in which the candidate designs, assembles and tests a pneumatic or hydraulic power and control circuit to meet a given design specification. Candidate evidence should take the form of a functional circuit and a written report.
  • Outcome 3 should be assessed using an assignment in which the candidate is set the task of undertaking fault finding on a practical or simulated faulty fluid power system. The system should contain a minimum of two constructional and two operational faults. Candidates should provide written evidence in the form of a report.