Module 7: Pneumatics


Nominal duration: 2 weeks (24 hours total time commitment)


This time commitment includes the preparation reading, attendance at each webinar (1 hour plus 15-30 minutes for discussion), and the time necessary to complete the assignments and further study.





This module will increase the students’ knowledge of the fundamentals, improve their maintenance programs, and become excellent troubleshooters of problems in this area. Developing an understanding of ‘how’ components work leads to an understanding of how and why they fail. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss pneumatic systems construction, design, applications, operations, maintenance and management issues. They will also be provided with the most up-to-date information and best practice in dealing with the subject. Towards the end of the module, they will have developed the skills and ability to recognize and solve simple pneumatic problems in a structured and confident manner








To evaluate the achievement of the learning outcomes; written assignments, group projects and practical exercises are set.



1.   Examine and discuss the basics of air preparation

2.   Identify pneumatic elements and symbols

3.   Design and troubleshoot pneumatic systems


Learning Outcome  1


Assessment criteria







Examine and discuss the basics of air preparation


1.1       Discuss the characteristics of air

1.2       Examine the methods used for air generation and             distribution

1.3       Discuss the characteristics of pneumatic systems


Learning Outcome  2


Assessment criteria





Learning Outcome  3


Assessment criteria




Identify pneumatic elements and symbols


2.1       Identify and apply the symbols for pneumatics

2.2       Describe the components of pneumatic systems



Design and troubleshoot pneumatic systems


3.1       Design a simple pneumatic system

3.2       Perform a flow chart analysis of a pneumatic circuit

3.3       Outline the maintenance process for pneumatic systems



Delivery Mode

A combination of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning delivery comprising a judicious mix of interactive online web conferencing, simulation (virtual labs) software, remote online labs, online videos, PowerPoint slides, notes, reading and study materials (in PDF, HTML and Word format) accessed through the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS).



Software/Hardware Used


  • SMC PneuDraw 


  • Remote Lab