MEC400 - Mechatronics: Pneumatics and Hydraulics

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Subject Title
Mechatronics: Pneumatics and Hydraulics

Subject Description
This course covers the basics of pneumatic, electropneumatic and hydraulic control circuits in a complex mechatronic system. Students will learn the functions and properties of control elements based upon physical principles, and the roles they play within the system. Technical documentation such as data sheets, circuit diagrams, displacement step diagrams and function charts will also be covered. By understanding and performing measurements on the pneumatic and hydraulic control circuits, students will learn and apply troubleshooting strategies to identify, localize and (where possible) correct malfunctions. Preventive maintenance of (electro) pneumatic and hydraulic components as well as safety issues within the system will be discussed.

Credit Status
One subject credit within the Electronic Engineering Technology Program (EET).

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Explain the role of various (electro) pneumatic and hydraulic components within a given system or module.
2. Trace and describe the flow of energy in a given mechatronic system or subsystem.
3. Describe the basic physical properties of pneumatic and hydraulic components.
4. Carry out measurements and adjustments on pneumatic and hydraulic components in a mechatronic system.
5. Read, analyze and utilize the technical documents such as data sheets, circuit diagrams, displacement step diagrams, timing diagrams and function charts for the pneumatic and hydraulic components within a mechatronic system.
6. Correctly localize, identify and document causes of malfunctions in pneumatic and hydraulic circuits, based upon the technical documentation.
7. Correct malfunctions in pneumatic and hydraulic circuits, where possible, or correctly identify the expertise required to correct a malfunction.
8. Apply safety rules while working on the system - testing
9. Transfer the knowledge learned from one system to another system.

Essential Employability Skills
Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.