In the ever-evolving landscape of industrial technology, the mastery of pneumatic control systems remains a fundamental cornerstone for technicians and operation staff. With qualifications at level 3/4 or equivalent industry experience, individuals are poised to embark on a journey through the realm of pneumatics, a discipline essential to the smooth functioning of countless industrial processes.
The basic pneumatics control systems CPD programme focuses on the underpinning engineering concepts that contribute to current industrial practices in pneumatic control systems. The programme provides attendees with the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience using our state-of-the-art laboratories whilst consolidating knowledge through the delivery of interactive theory sessions. Our purpose-built engineering laboratories house a wide range of industry-standard training equipment including Pneumatics, Mechatronics, Robotics, PLCs, Fluid Processing and a unique Industry 4.0 Smart Factory training system enabling the study of the full range of industrial concepts.
The programme offers a learning experience which has the attendees at its centre with the team focused on providing a friendly and supportive learning environment. The programme is designed in a way that progressively prepares attendees with the knowledge and ability to analyse, comprehend and manage basic pneumatics resulting from the fundamentals of pneumatics to the function and use of pneumatic equipment. This flexibility will be a significant asset for the attendees, because of the continuous evolution of the technologies in the pneumatic control systems sector.
The basic pneumatics control systems CPD programme has a predominantly practical focus for many of the learning outcomes with an integrated learning approach of lectures and a workshop-based tutorial to develop attendees’ understanding of theoretical concepts with a hands-on learning experience. 4
Attendees will have access to the UCNL’s purpose-built Engineering laboratories to undertake the basic pneumatics control systems practical sessions.
This program operates on an expedited schedule, spanning a day, totalling 7 hours of instruction. Over this day, participants will engage in a comprehensive blend of theoretical lectures and hands-on practical workshops. To maximize the learning experience, independent study is essential, both to prepare for the lectures and to be fully prepared for the practical sessions.
Programme learning outcomes are
- Become familiar with the set-up and mode of operation of a single-acting
- Become familiar with the set-up and mode of operation of a 3/2-way
- Be able to recognise and sketch the various types of actuations for directional control valves.
- Be able to explain and set up direct
- Be able to analyse and evaluate
- Become familiar with the set-up and mode of operation of a double-acting
- Become familiar with the set-up and mode of operation of a 5/2-way
- Be able to explain and set up indirect
- Become familiar with the mode of operation of a 5/2-way valve with pneumatic
- Become familiar with the difference between a signalling element and a control
- Be able to measure pressure in pneumatic control
- Be able to differentiate between the various types of flow control and use them in accordance with specifications.
- Be able to adjust cylinder advancing and retracting
- Become familiar with one type of signal storage in pneumatic control
- Be able to explain and implement AND/OR/NOT logic
- Become familiar with one option for end-position sensing in
- Be able to combine logic
- Become familiar with the set-up and mode of operation of a magnetic proximity
- Be able to differentiate between 5/2-way valves and to select and use them in accordance with specifications.
- Be able to further develop existing
- Become familiar with the set-up and mode of operation of a pressure sequence
- Be able to set up pressure-dependent control
- Become familiar with the set-up and mode of operation of a pressure
- Be able to analyse existing circuits and optimise them in accordance with
- Become familiar with the set-up and mode of operation of a time delay
- Be able to set up circuits with oscillating
- Be able to use time delay valves in accordance with specific
- Be able to analyse and set up circuits with two
The development of the learning outcomes is promoted through the following teaching and learning methods:
Attendees will experience a range of learning strategies during the course. The course tutor will use a variety of teaching and learning methods. These may include:
- On-campus lectures and tutorial sessions
- Video content (typically short 20-minute max. videos to introduce or develop topics within the subject)
- Collaborative learning between attendees facilitated through face-to-face
- Workshops are used to enable attendees to work on state-of-the-art lab They also provide good opportunities for developing team-working and communication skills as well as individual skills.
The programme is suitable for technician/operation staff with level 3/4 qualifications (or equivalent industry experience) and apprenticeships who need retraining as pneumatic systems technicians.
We are committed to creating educational opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds and situations. If you have been out of formal education for some time, and/or you do not have the qualifications stated, we might still be able to consider your application and offer you a range of support. We are here to help. Please get in touch to find out more.
UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.
We also have a range of other financial support available.