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Level 4 Electro-Pneumatic Control Systems

The electro-pneumatic control systems CPD programme focuses on the underpinning engineering concepts that contribute to current industrial practices in electro-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 electro-pneumatic resulting from the fundamentals of PLC programming to the function and use of electro-pneumatic equipment. This flexibility will be a significant asset for the attendees, because of the continuous evolution of the technologies in the electro-pneumatic control systems sector.

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Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 4

  • Delivery


  • Duration

    1 Day (7 Hours)

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The programme is suitable for technician/operation staff with level 3/4 qualifications (or equivalent industry experience) and apprentices who need retraining as electro-pneumatic systems technicians. Programme learning outcomes are:

  • Become familiar with the set-up and mode of operation of a single-acting cylinder.
  • Become familiar with the set-up and mode of operation of a double-acting cylinder.
  • Become familiar with the set-up and mode of operation of a 3/2-way solenoid valve.
  • Become familiar with the set-up and mode of operation of a double solenoid valve.
  • Be able to select solenoid valves based on the specified requirements.
  • Be able to recognise and sketch the various types of actuations for directional control valves.
  • Be able to convert solenoid valves.
  • Be able to explain and set up direct actuation.
  • Be able to explain and set up indirect actuation.
  • Become familiar with logic operations and be able to set them up.
  • Become familiar with various types of end-position control and learn to select the appropriate type.
  • Become familiar with latching circuits with varying performance features.
  • Be able to explain and set up an electrical latching circuit with dominant shutdown signal.
  • Be able to set up a pressure-dependent control system.
  • Become familiar with the set-up and mode of operation of magnetic proximity switches.
  • Become familiar with displacement-step diagrams and learn to create them for specific problems.
  • Be able to implement sequence control with two cylinders.
  • Be able to detect and eliminate errors in simple electro-pneumatic control systems.
  • Be able to investigate PLC Technology.
  • Become familiar with the internal architecture of PLCs and their application.
  • Be able to explore the typical input and output devices used with PLCs.
  • Become familiar with basic programming techniques used with PLCs.
  • Be able to develop PLC systems to solve engineering problems.
  • Become familiar with how are used in various industrial applications.

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.
  • Workshops are used to enable attendees to work on state-of-the-art lab equipment. They also provide good opportunities for developing team-working and communication skills as well as individual skills.

In the ever-evolving landscape of industrial technology, the mastery of electro-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 electro-pneumatic, a discipline essential to the smooth functioning of countless industrial processes.

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.

Individuals who successfully finish this course are encouraged to join Introduction to Automation Level 4 course.

Financial Support

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.

Course Fees



Additional Costs

Your Tuition fees cover most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition, and assessment).

There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may wish to buy your own copies)
  • Printing and photocopying


Enquire about this course

To find out more and apply for this course, please contact us via the telephone number below.

Apply direct to UCNL if we are your only optionMake an enquiry Call 01724 294125