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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.

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 covering power transmission and motion control with a focus on fluid power systems, electrical drives and control.

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

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 delivery in-person at your or our facilities or online.

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

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 8-11 October 2024 (Campus) £1450
11-14 February 2025 (Campus) £1450
FP2 Component selection for hydraulic systems 5-8 Nov. 2024 (Campus) £1450
11-14 March 2025 (Campus) £1450
FP3 Hydraulic systems and efficiency 13-16 May 2025 (Campus) £1450
ED Electrical drives for mechanical engineers 3-6 Dec. 2024 (Campus) £1450
C Introduction to control of mechatronic systems 11-12 June 2024 (Campus) £850**
FPC Control of electrohydraulic systems 11-14 June 2024 (Campus) £1450**
FPN Noise in hydraulic systems January 2025 (TBC) £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 also run as scheduled course (see above) three days, on request Quote on request
FPS Simulation of hydraulic systems (with Siemens Industry Software, Amesim) updated course relaunching in 2024 three to three-and-a-half days, on request open for expression of interest
PA Piezoelectric actuation one day, on request Quote on request

Bespoke courses

We can tailor courses to your needs and deliver them at your company's premises, on campus or online. Examples 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

In our online courses, you will find all lectures recorded on the University online learning platform to which you will have access about a week before the course. We also conduct live sessions via Microsoft Teams, for questions & answers as well as for tutorials and labs. We post hardcopies of our extensive lecture and lab notes to you ahead of the course.

Please reach out 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 our cancellation policy:

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

Very infrequently we may have to cancel a course if there is insufficient interest.

Contact us

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