Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Marine Hydraulic Systems


 Department:    MT

 Course #:    270

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    470616

 EPC:    736

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Installation, design, and troubleshooting of hydraulic systems found on recreational and commercial vessels. These systems are used for stabilization, davits, lifting cranes, steering, and accessory drive equipment.


Prerequisite: MT 132.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand design, scope and operation of marine hydraulic systems.
  2. Understand the types, design, and operation of marine hydraulics controls.
  3. Perform marine hydraulic system monitoring and troubleshooting.
  4. Use a digital volt/ohm/amp meter to test control circuits including supplied voltage, voltage drop, continuity of a wire run, operation of a switch, fuse, electric valve or electric clutch.
  5. Understand and install typical equipment for marine hydraulics systems, i.e. pumps, gauges, clutches, and controls.
  6. Design and size a modern hydraulic system.
  7. Install of electrical and manual control systems related to marine hydraulics.
  8. Measure conditions of electrical system operation using a volt meter.
  9. Understand typical installations and best practices in the marine industry.
  10. Perform routine maintenance procedures on marine hydraulic systems.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.1 Apply theories and concepts studied in the classroom to field, clinical, shop, research, or laboratory settings.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.1 Analyze problems to determine what mathematical principles apply.
8.2 Correctly apply logical reasoning and mathematical principles to solve problems.

Course Contents

  1. Introduction to fluid dynamics and theory of operation.
  2. Proper use of guidelines and recommended practices of the American Boat and Yacht Council and National Fire Protection Association relating to this content.
  3. Installation of electrical and manual control systems related to marine hydraulics.
  4. Familiarization with hydraulic equipment found on modern cruising vessels.
  5. Electrical system operation using a volt meter.
  6. Typical equipment for these systems: pumps, gauges, clutches, and controls.
  7. Hydraulic system monitoring and troubleshooting.
  8. Routine maintenance procedures on marine hydraulic systems.