Hydraulics is used to drive a multitude of equipment and machines found on board ships and on shore today, so for many engineers and maritime personnel, understanding how things work is essential in maintaining a ship’s efficiency and operation. Delivered by EDME, this two-day intensive course is delivered by field experts, with the course director having worked for more than twenty years running college courses in marine hydraulics around the world. If you are a marine superintendent or engineer looking to learn more about practical maritime applications of hydraulic engineering, this will be the course for you.

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What we look for

  • You are enthusiastic and committed. 
  • You have a basic knowledge of marine hydraulics and want to further understand this important arena. 
  • You are either a superintendent, marine engineer, service engineer or a professional working in an engineering field. 
  • You have a satisfactory level of English, equivalent to upper-intermediate across writing, listening, speaking and reading bands.


Being that hydraulic engineering is a specialism often only briefly touched on in university and college, this professional course is focused on practical maritime applications and will display practical examples and real-life case studies. Over two days, students will develop, refresh and polish their knowledge of hydraulic engineering.

The first day of the course focuses on hydraulic components, basic theory and basic hydraulic diagrams, leaving students able to read basic hydraulic diagrams and to understand the working principles of the main components.

The second day is the advanced part and is delivered in the form of a master class focused on proportional valves, pump control systems, cartridge valves and hydraulic calculations. At the end of the second day, a case study based on one or two of the participants’ hydraulic diagrams is undertaken, giving students a genuine insight into real-life issues. This case study is an essential application of the theory gained to problems in the maritime environment.

Overall, the course provides an improved knowledge for trouble-shooting in order to better maintain your hydraulic systems and identify design mistakes. Please note the following things will be covered: energy transfer, hydraulic power, directional valves, pressure control valves, flow control valves, pilot-operated non-return valves, counter-balance valves, motion-control valves, hydraulic motors, hydraulic pumps, accumulators, cartridge valves, manifolds, proportional valves, servo-hydraulics, pumps with flow control, pumps with pressure control, pumps with power control, pumps with load-sensing, hydraulic oil management, conditioning and contamination, hydraulic calculations, fault finding, basic and advanced hydraulic diagrams.

Teaching & assessment

All students will be provided with course materials delivered in an executive folder and their own copy of the book used to deliver the course: Ing. R. van den Brink, Hydraulics (MK Publishing, March 2018). Teaching will be carried out through seminars, lessons, workshops and case studies. Student participation is encouraged throughout the delivery of the course, in order to improve the learning experience. A professional diploma award is awaiting at the end of the course for those students who successfully complete the programme.


The course director will lead a dedicated in-house programme. The two-day course delivery includes all support materials, as well as costs and expenses for the tutor(s). Venue costs are excluded, as the courses are expected to be held at the client company's premises. Costs may vary and are available on request. In all cases, IMPA members will be entitled to a 10% discount. To book this course, please fill in our main application form and select this course from the listed options.


While there is no special scholarship for students enrolling into this course, there are considerable discounts. All IMPA members will be entitled to a 10% discount. A further discount can be agreed upon considering the requirements of the company asking for the in-house training.