Pneumatics (Automation) Modular Course

in Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing

Pneumatics (Automation) Modular Course


Each unit will be delivered across one semester.


Fully funded for anyone who lives in the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Delivery Location

IoT Dudley

Delivery Partners
Dudley College

Delivery Model

One evening per week from 6pm – 9pm for ten weeks.

Entry Requirements

A basic understanding of Pneumatics is desirable.

Occupational Profile

This course is targeted at adults working in the engineering & manufacturing sectors.

This course is designed to support individuals who are in work by offering them a range of core units, while allowing for the acquisition of some sector-specific skills and experiences through the specialist modules in each pathway.

Training and Development Summary

Learners will gain a greater depth of understanding of the principles and practical methods used in Pneumatic circuits, automation, and control. The course is based around Festo pneumatics Rigs allowing fault finding and the building/testing of practical circuits.

The main areas covered are:

  1. The examination of the technology and characteristics of Pneumatic circuits and control applications used in industry.
  2. The investigation of components used as well as the design considerations and simulation of pneumatic systems.
  3. The development and testing of circuit designs and the identification of pneumatic components used in industrial systems.

The course content includes the following topics:

  • Safe working practices for Pneumatic systems
  • The technology and characteristics of Pneumatic components
  • The design of pneumatic circuits.
  • Fault finding on pneumatic systems
  • Setups and functions of: single/double – acting cylinders, valves, magnetic proximity sensors, pressure sequence valves, pressure regulators and pneumatic timers.

Learners are offered additional pathways to choose from depending on their area of interest/specialisation:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Maintenance Engineer / Automation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Robotics and Automation
  • PLC programming /Automation
Professional Recognition and Career Progression

The progression routes from this course are:

  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing employment (improving understanding and upskilling)
  • Opportunity to progress to other units within this group of offerings such as Robotics or PLC courses.
  • Progression to higher apprenticeships
  • Higher Education
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