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MECT 1340 - Mobile Hydraulics Technology

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: MECT 1320  or approval of instructor

(formerly MECT 2911)

This course teaches the fundamentals of mobile-hydraulic systems including components, graphic symbols and basic circuit configurations. Students will calculate the area of a hydraulic actuator in square inches, extension and retraction forces in pounds, pressure in pounds per square inch, and speed in inches per min. Students will draw and simulate mobile hydraulic circuits using Automation Studio then connect the actual circuit on a functional hydraulic trainer.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to explain the principles of mobile hydraulic systems.


  1. Calculate the areas, volumes, forces, velocities, and pressures associated with hydraulic cylinders.
  2. Explain Pascal’s Law, Bernoulli’s principle and the principles of atmospheric and head pressure.
  3. Explain the operation of mobile pumps, directional controls, pressure control, and flow controls.
  4. Describe the different properties of hydraulic fluids and create a contamination control program.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to determine the operating characteristics of a complete mobile hydraulic system based on parameters given.


  1. Calculate the cap end, rod end, and rod areas as well as area ratio for a hydraulic cylinder.
  2. Calculate the maximum force of a cylinder or torque of a hydraulic motor.
  3. Calculate the extension or retraction speed of a hydraulic cylinder or the rotational speed of a motor.
  4. Calculate the input and output horsepower for a mobile hydraulic system.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to select the appropriate components to provide the mobile function of steering, propel, and multi-circuit control of a mobile circuit.


  1. Calculate the size of a hydrostatic transmission of a propel circuit based on given requirements.
  2. Select the appropriate type of steering control valve from given performance requirements.
  3. Determine the type of directional control valve needed to provide pressure compensation and flow sharing capability.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the graphic symbols used to create a mobile hydraulic circuit.


  1. Identify the symbols for mobile hydraulic components from ANSI or ISO drawings.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to draw a Mobile hydraulic circuit using Automation Studio software.

  1. Objectives:
  2. Draw a complete schematic based on given parameters using drawing software.
  3. Add the given parameters to the drawn components and simulate circuit operation.

Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to build a complete mobile hydraulic circuit on a training simulator.


  1. Connect the complete circuit on a hydraulic simulator.
  2. Verify that the circuit is operating properly.

• 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
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Introduction to Mobile Hydraulics
  2. Graphic symbology
  3. Hydraulic fluids
  4. Fluid conductors and seals
  5. Reservoirs
  6. Systemic contamination control
  7. Actuators
  8. Directional control valves
  9. Pressure controls
  10. Flow controls
  11. Fixed displacement pumps
  12. Variable displacement pumps
  13. Cartridge and stack valves
  14. Hydrostatic Transmissions & Propel circuits

Primary Faculty
Dulinski, Kenneth
Secondary Faculty
Mielke, Michael; Seger, Jennifer
Associate Dean
Thero, Laura
Hutchison, Donald

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

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