Pneumatics & Vacuum Technology

QQI Award (Minor) Level 6 6N5375

Course Duration

5 days

Upcoming Dates

  • 2024 Dublin August 27th, 28th, September 3rd, 4th, 5th -


€ 1400
QQI Accredited

This course is QQI Accredited


Become confident with maintaining and repairing pneumatic systems. Get the theoretical knowledge, practical experience and thinking skills to safely set-up, align, tune, navigate and fault-find  pneumatic and vacuum machine technologies. Custom designed training rigs and pick and place machine systems allow users to get hands-on with pneumatic systems, fostering a deep comprehension of their operation, troubleshooting and maintenance.

Who should attend
Maintenance technicians, operators, machine builders

Why Should I attend
Effective pneumatic fault finding  reduces mean time to repair equipment and therefore saves time and money for your organisation. We also offer the opportunity to incorporate your application specific drawings into the course to ensure good skill transfer after the course. Gain valuable QQI credits with an accredited award.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  • Identify standard pneumatic components and understand how they function and their setup and maintenance requirements.
  • With HMI error messages, diagnose faults using a structured troubleshooting method.
  • Interpret valve symbols and schematic diagrams.
  • Work safely around pneumatic systems with particular focus on isolation and stored energy.
  • Setup and tune a vacuum ejector for a pick and place application.
  • Work with a wide range of pneumatic components including service units, soft-start valves, solenoid valves, rodless cylinders, limit switches and vacuum ejectors.

Course Modules

Module 1 /

Compressed air delivery systems. Theory, units and principles of compressed air systems, compressed air generation and distribution, air service units, soft-start valves, valve symbols types and porting.

Module 2 /

Pneumatic Components, valves, actuators and flow controls. Types of actuator and sizing, valve types and designations, valve operators (roller, pilot, solenoid), cylinder directional control, 3/2 (NC and NO), 5/2 (double and single), 5/3 types. Vacuum ejectors and vacuum switches.

Module 3 /

Pneumatic Circuits and symbols. Building, testing and fault finding pneumatic and electro-pneumatic circuits. Adjust speeds, manual override, limit switch positioning.

Module 4 /

Health and Safety requirements. Safe work practices, Sensor and valve PLC wiring interfaces, Troubleshooting on an fully automatic PLC/HMI controlled pick and place training rig.

QQI Assessment 

  • Skills Demonstration – 50% of overall mark
  • Portfolio / Collection of Work – 30% of overall mark
  • Examination (Theory) – 20% of overall mark

QQI Accreditation and Progression

This course leads to the QQI Level 6 Minor Award 6N5375 in Industrial Pneumatic Systems. This Award is one component of the Major Award 6M5154 Maintenance Skills Technology

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Entry Requirements

Learners are required to have an NFQ or equivalent Level 5 Certificate in a technical or related discipline. Alternatively, if learners have reached the standards of knowledge, skill and competence associated with Level 5 they can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for Access to the programme. Though not essential, learners will benefit from having some prior knowledge or exposure to pneumatics systems. 

Competence in written and spoken English is essential. International students whose first language is not English are required to have an appropriate score in an approved examination in English language. We accept an IELTS test score of 6. We also accept IELTS equivalents such as TOELF and Cambridge exams.

If learners are completing part, or all, of the course online they should have good computer literacy skills. This includes use of email, microsoft word, internet searches. Self-directed learning also requires learners to have good self motivation and time management skills. Again, further details and tips can be found in the Learner Handbook.

If you are participating in a blended learning programme you will be required to have a laptop or desktop computer.

If you would like to assess your entry level knowledge, relative to course content, please contact us and we can set you up with a free trial on our e-learning platform.

When we recieve your booking request we will call you to go through an enrolment checklist with you to ensure that you meet all entry requirements for the course you have selected.

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