PN11 – Understanding pneumatics technology in automation

Course Objective
To provide the participant with an understanding of the construction and function of pneumatic and electric components used in automation. Participants will also be able to read, design and construct simple pneumatic circuits.

Target Group
Industrial operators, technicians, designers and engineers

Course Content

  • Characteristics of pneumatic systems:
    - Properties of compressed air
    - Advantages and disadvantages of compressed air
    - Structural and signal flow of pneumatic systems
  • Compressed air generation, distribution and preparation:
    - Different types of compressors and dryers
    - Design of piping system
    - Role of service units
  • Construction and principle of pneumatic valves:
    - Directional control valves
    - Non-return valves
    - Flow control valves
    - Pressure control valves
    - Combinational valves
  • Construction and principle of working elements
  • Basic pneumatic circuits
  • Characteristics of electro-pneumatic systems
  • Components and assemblies in the electrical signal control section:
    - Electrical switches
    - Electrical contacts
    - Electrical relays
    - Basic sensors
    - Solenoid operated directional control valves
  • ISO electrical and pneumatic symbols according to ISO 1219
  • Development and layout of simple controls:
    - Basic pneumatic circuits
    - Electro-pneumatic circuits
  • Operation of pneumatic sequencing circuits:
    - Representation of working sequence
  • Simulation and practical exercises


  • Completed PSLE and are able to speak, read and write in basic English
  • Participants with the following competency rating from the Employability Skills System (ESS) are eligible:
    - Listening / Speaking – Min. level 4
    - Reading / Writing – Min. level 4
    - Numeracy – Min. level 4

4 days (32 hours)