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FPWR 2000 - Control of Hydraulic Circuits

Fluid Power Part-time Studies Course

School of Energy

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

Covers advanced topics in industrial hydraulics controls such as variable displacement pumps, load sensing circuits, pilot controls and electro-hydraulic circuits. The course delivery combines practical exercises with discussions of typical industrial applications and lectures.


FPWR 1000 or MECH 3355





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 70512

Sat Mar 12 - Sun Mar 27 4 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Mar 12 - Mar 19 Sat 08:30 - 15:30 BBY
Mar 26 - Mar 27 Sat/Sun 08:30 - 17:30 BBY


Johan Fourie

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Please purchase any required course material such as textbooks prior to the first class - (The Bookstore is closed on Saturdays and Sundays). The course will run for three weeks: - 2 Saturdays (March 12th and 19th) ONLINE. - One weekend (March 26th and 27th) IN-PERSON. BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses. In the event of a part-time studies course cancellation, you will be notified at least two business days prior to the course start. Please ensure that your contact information is current.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • List and discuss functions of hydraulic reservoirs.
  • Describe operating principles of variable displacement pumps.
  • Interpret and evaluate pump performance curves and calculate pump efficiency using experimental data.
  • Describe typical hydraulic motors.
  • Estimate heat generation and dissipation in hydraulic circuits.
  • Describe and size hydraulic accumulators and discuss their typical applications in hydraulic circuits.
  • Compare performance of direct and pilot operated pressure control valves.
  • Describe typical applications of various pressure control valves.
  • Describe and demonstrate use of load sensing to improve system efficiency.
  • Use electrical components, such as solenoids, relays, and switches to control selected hydraulic circuits.
  • Describe contamination and filtration in hydraulic circuits.
  • Develop and test hydraulic circuits using typical components listed above.

Effective as of Winter 2017

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