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


We currently plan to run online courses until at least June 2021. Our priority is to provide our teaching in a safe manner for staff and customers alike. Please see below for adjusted dates - our popular FP1 distance learning course is unaffected by this change.

We will update this section whenever new information is available. To stay informed you can of course always contact us and also request to join our email list.

We have now successfully completed our first online course. Based on this experience, we can confirm the general procedure:

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, sorted by functional dependencies. This allows you to prepare in your own time, as we understand that especially during the COVID crisis, your schedules will be busy and irregular.

Our labs will be pre-recorded, similar to the lectures, and we will probably use live sessions 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 feel that this combination of recorded and live sessions is the best combination of flexibility and interactive learning.

At any time, you will be able to contact the course team by using email or the chat functionality in Microsoft Teams.


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, as well as bespoke courses at your company's 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.

Our course fees cover:

  • comprehensive course notes
  • lunches and refreshments
  • a campus parking permit
  • access to computer facilities and wireless network

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

Course Programme

Scheduled courses

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 16-19 February 2021 (online) £1250
12-15 October 2021 £1350
FP2 Component selection for hydraulic systems 3-6 November 2020 (online) / 9-12 March 2021 (online) £1250
2-5 November 2021 £1350
FP3 Hydraulic systems and efficiency 11-14 May 2021 (online) £1250
ED Electrical drives for mechanical engineers 20-23 April 2021 (online) £1250
23-26 November 2021 £1350
C Introduction to control of mechatronic systems 8-9 June 2021 (online) £750**
FPC Control of electrohydraulic systems 8-11 June 2021 (online) £1250**
FPN Noise in hydraulic systems 27-29 January 2021 (online) £1050

* £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.