Dec 04, 2020  
Official Course Syllabi 2020-2021 
Official Course Syllabi 2020-2021
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MECT 1310 - Pneumatics Technology Fundamentals

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

This course teaches the fundamentals of pneumatic systems including components, graphic symbols and basic circuit configurations. Students will perform calculations for actuator area, compressor sizing, conductor sizing, gas laws, air preparation, cooling, and storage of air. Students will draw and simulate pneumatic circuits using Automation Studio then connect the real circuit on a functional pneumatic trainer.

Contact Hours: 4
Billable Contact Hours: 4
Outcome 1. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the fundamental principles of pneumatics and determine the operating characteristics of a pneumatic system based on parameters given.


  1. Calculate the areas, volumes, forces, velocities and pressures associated with pneumatic cylinders.
  2. Calculate the gas volume, flow rate, pressure drop, and heat generated for a pneumatic system.
  3. Explain Boyle’s law, Charles Law, Guy Lussac’s Law, and Bernoulli’s principle.
  4. Apply compressors, directional controls, pressure controls and flow controls in real circuits.
  5. Describe the different methods of air treatment for a pneumatic system.
  6. Determine the correct method of control to meet the application requirements.

Outcome 2. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to troubleshoot the components in a complete pneumatic system based on pressures and flow rates given.


  1. Measure the output flow and pressure of a compressor and its associated conductors.
  2. Demonstrate how to determine the integrity of a pneumatic actuator.
  3. Select the correct air preparation components for a pneumatic circuit.

Outcome 3. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to illustrate the graphic symbols used to create a Pneumatic circuit using circuit drawing/simulation software.


  1. Identify the symbols for pneumatic components from either ANSI or ISO drawings.
  2. Draw a complete schematic based on given parameters using drawing software.
  3. Apply the given parameters to the drawn components and simulate circuit operation.
  4. Connect the complete circuit on a hydraulic trainer and verify proper operation.

(Bulleted outcomes apply to the course)

  • 1. The graduate can integrate the knowledge and technological skills necessary to be a successful learner.
  • 2. The graduate can demonstrate how to think competently.
  • 3. The graduate can demonstrate how to employ mathematical knowledge.
  • 4. The graduate can demonstrate how to communicate competently.
  1. The graduate is sensitive to issues relating to a diverse, global society.

  1. Properties of Compressed Air - The Basic Pneumatic System
  2. Compressed Air Theory - Gas Laws, Boyle’s, Charles, Guy Lussac, Bernoulli
  3. Graphic Symbology for Pneumatics
  4. Air Compression and Distribution
  5. Air Treatment
  6. Actuators
  7. Speed Control
  8. Regulators
  9. Directional Valves
  10. Basic Circuits
  11. Time Functions
  12. Sequence Control

Primary Faculty
Dulinski, Kenneth
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Hinrichsen, Timothy
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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