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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.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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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.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Information Literacy: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  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
Mielke, Michael
Associate Dean
Thero, Laura
Hutchison, Donald

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

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