Fluid Power and Automation Technology, Associate in Science

Upon successful completion of the Fluid Power and Automation Technology A.S. Degree, the student demonstrates the skills, knowledge and training for employment in the following fluid power industry positions: fluid power mechanic, fluid power technician, salesperson in fluid power industry; ability to apply his/her knowledge of physics and mathematics in solving applied fluid power problems; plan and install complex fluid power systems; maintain, troubleshoot, and repair control systems using proper tools and procedures; and select, compile, and use technical information from reference materials; and preparation to take the Fluid Power Society certification exams for fluid power mechanics, technicians, and specialists; preparation to transfer to a four-year Bachelor's Degree program. This program is accredited by the Fluid Power Education Foundation (FPEF) as one of their nationally recognized "Key Schools" supporting the fluid power industry.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Fluid Power and Automation Technology A.S. Degree, the student will analyze a potential fluid power application and select proper components used to fabricate the fluid power system.

General Education

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

  • San Joaquin Delta College Associate Degree General Education (AA-GE) pattern (24 units)
  • California State University General Education (CSU-GE) pattern (40 units)
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum - CSU Version (IGETC-CSU) pattern (37 units)

Students are advised to double-count courses in the major to also satisfy general education when possible. Course subject credit will be awarded in satisfaction of major and lower division general education requirements, but the units will only be counted once in computing the total number of units for the degree.

Major Requirements - Core

Complete 15 units


Industrial Hydraulics



Mobile Hydraulics


MECH 015

Machine Tool Process



Introduction to Physics


Major Requirements - Restricted Electives

Complete 4 units selected from:

ELEC 030

Fundamentals of Electricity



AC and DC Network Analysis


Minimum Major Units Required: 19

Complete all courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Minimum Degree Units Required: 60