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Centre for Power Transmission & Motion Control CPD courses for industry

We offer Continuing Professional Development in fluid power, hydraulics, electrical drives and motion control. We can also tailor bespoke courses to your needs.

Our courses and Covid19

We are adapting our courses to the changed environment both at University and in industry.


We have restarted our face-to-face on-campus courses, and will continue to offer most of our standard courses on campus for the foreseeable future. However, thanks to the positive feedback we have received for our online courses, we will still offer online delivery for our more specialised courses. Please refer to the timetable below for details. Online delivery is also available for standard or bespoke courses on request – please get in touch.

Our on-campus courses also include our comprehensive course notes, plus:

  • classroom tutorials
  • hands-on lab work
  • access to computer facilities and wireless network
  • lunches and refreshments
  • a campus parking permit

In our online courses, you will find all lectures pre-recorded on the University online learning platform to which you will have access about a week before the course start. This platform works in all standard internet browsers. Our online courses also include live sessions, both for questions & answers as well as for tutorials. We provide a suggested timetable, where we have organised content into a suggested order, allowing you to prepare in your own time. We will also post hardcopies of our extensive lecture and lab notes to you ahead of the course. Our labs are pre-recorded, similar to the lectures, and we will use live sessions hosted via Microsoft Teams to go through the calculations. In some of the labs, we will watch a video together, in others there will be break-out rooms that allow you to work and discuss issues. We will also use MS Teams for general Question & Answer sessions. At any time, you will be able to contact the course team electronically.


Build your expertise

Take one of our short courses and have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field based in our Centre for Power Transmission & Motion Control.


8 East building on a sunny day

We run a range of CPD short courses in power transmission and motion control. Our courses focus on fluid power systems, electrical drives and control.

Our courses are delivered by experienced staff and researchers at the University of Bath.

Our standard courses are run in partnership with the Institute for Mechanical Engineering (IMechE). We also run a series of courses on specialised topics and can create bespoke courses for your company at your or our premises.

Study with us and you will gain a detailed understanding of the course material. You'll apply this theory in experimental laboratory sessions, tutorials, design exercises and computer simulation classes. You'll receive a certificate of attendance for completing the course.

Most of our courses are three-and-a-half days long. All our standard courses are VAT-exempt.

Course Programme

Scheduled courses

From October 2021 we will offer campus and online courses, as listed below.

Course Title Date Fees
FP1 (DL) Introduction to hydraulic circuits and components (by distance learning) any time £500 / £250*
FP1 Introduction to hydraulic circuits and components 15-18 February 2022 (campus) £1350
11-14 October 2022 (Campus) £1350
FP2 Component selection for hydraulic systems 8-11 March 2022 (Campus) £1350
1-4 November 2022 (Campus) £1350
FP3 Hydraulic systems and efficiency 10-13 May 2022 (Campus) £1350
ED Electrical drives for mechanical engineers 23-26 Nov. 2021 (Campus) £1350
5-8 April 2022 (online) £1350
22-25 Nov. 2022 (Campus) £1350
C Introduction to control of mechatronic systems 7-8 June 2022 (Campus) £800**
FPC Control of electrohydraulic systems 7-10 June 2022 (Campus) £1350**
FPN Noise in hydraulic systems 26-28 January 2022 (online) £1150

* £250 option includes memory stick only (no support, assessment and certificate)
** The FPC course includes the C module

Courses available on request

Course Title Date Fees
FPN Noise in hydraulic systems two-and-a-half days, on request Quote on request
FPS Simulation of hydraulic systems (with Siemens Industry Software, Amesim) three to three-and-a-half days, on request Quote on request
BUAA Bath unmanned aerial academy five days, on request Quote on request
PA Piezoelectric actuation one day, on request Quote on request

Bespoke courses

We can tailor our courses for your needs and deliver them at your company's premises in the UK or overseas. Bespoke courses we have previously run include:

  • hydraulic modelling and simulation
  • hydraulic noise and vibration
  • mechatronic systems analysis and design
  • control system design
  • aircraft hydraulics
  • automotive hydraulics
  • power steering systems - analysis, modelling and design
  • contamination control
  • electric drives

Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Booking information

We can provide a list of hotels in the area, please contact us if that is of interest to you.

Please note the following cancellation/postponement charges:

£100 if cancelled within 14-28 days of the commencement date of the course. £200 if cancelled within 0-14 days of the commencement date of the course. £50 if postponed for the next course within 0-7 days of the commencement date of the course.

Contact us

If you have any questions about our courses or would like to discuss your requirements, please contact us at the details below.