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Hydraulics and Pneumatics micro-credential

Explore fluid-power components and circuits.

In partnership with the Government of Ontario, Georgian College is proud to introduce the RapidSkills program — supporting auto and advanced manufacturing workers in a changing economy.

For a limited time, the RapidSkills program tuition and training costs are free for eligible participants and employers.


About the Hydraulic and Pneumatics micro-credential

The RapidSkills program consists of four micro-credentials, which are short-term, competency-based, industry-recognized certificates based on sectoral-focused feedback from regional stakeholders and employers, designed to upskill workers in a part-time format.

This two-module, 60-hour micro-credential covers fluid mechanics theory and practical lab exercises, reinforcing understanding of fluid power components and circuits. Participants acquire knowledge to undertake failure analysis diagnostics and execute basic repairs. Participants with prior experience may write an assessment to prove competencies and receive an exemption from one or both modules.

Digital badges will be awarded for the completion of each micro-credential module and for the completion of the entire RapidSkills program.

The hydraulics training course provided by the RapidSkills project has been one of the best training courses, if not the best training course, I’ve had the honour of participating in. Attending training during a pandemic can certainly be a challenge, but RapidSkills and the instructor of the course made the most of it and gave us updates promptly to any potential changes happening. The instructor was very knowledgeable, blended hands-on learning and theory together in a manner that made the material fun and easy to learn. I highly recommend RapidSkills to anyone looking to advance knowledge or training in their respective industry.John Fiebrich, Mechanical Designer, Weldco-Beales Manufacturing

Hydraulics and Pneumatics micro-credential modules

Hydraulics MOD1

Hydraulics/Pneumatics module 1: Components, Circuits and Systems

Learn about fundamental fluid mechanics and the application of fluid power components and systems in industrial and mobile machinery and equipment.

Hydraulics MOD2

Hydraulics/Pneumatics module 2: Components, Circuits and Systems

Expand knowledge of fundamental fluid mechanics and the application of fluid power components and systems in industrial and mobile machinery and equipment.

How the RapidSkills program works

Registration for the RapidSkills program — including individual micro-credentials — is open to employers who would like to retrain or upskill their workers. Registration is also open to individuals referred to the program by an Employment Ontario service provider or by their current employer. Interested individuals may also self-identify by contacting us.

The RapidSkills program will cover the cost of tuition and other training costs for eligible employers and participants.

Program candidates

Program candidates are individuals who:

  • have been laid off due to labour market disruption
  • are at high risk of being laid off due to market disruption
  • are underutilized workers (includes individuals that are unemployed, underemployed, waiting for employment or discouraged workers)

Intake avenues

  • Employer referral
    • Your employer can refer you to participate in the program.
  • Employment Ontario referral
    • If you are unemployed, Employment Ontario must refer you to participate in the program.
  • Self-identification
    • You can self-identify to participate in the program by contacting RapidSkills staff. We will help facilitate the process in partnership with your employer or Employment Ontario.

Intake process

  1. Eligibility requirements
    • All individuals will go through an intake process to ensure eligibility requirements have been met, including testing to gauge knowledge levels in the training areas.
  2. Orientation
    • Once accepted into the program, participants will go through a brief orientation.

Featured faculty

Phil LeBoeuf

Faculty for the Hydraulics and Pneumatics micro-credential

Phil LeBoeuf has worked in the skilled trades field since 1977. A licensed industrial millwright, Phil has worked in various manufacturing industries specializing in machine building, plant maintenance and repair, fluid power maintenance and mobile equipment building and maintenance.Phil joined Georgian in 2003 and has become one of the foremost expert skilled trades trainers, having instructed numerous topics related to the trades and workplace safety. His expertise is requested across the province on a number of Ministry-regulated initiatives and mandatory training requirements.

I want to be an employer partner

If you’re an employer in the auto or advanced manufacturing sector and want to participate, you may refer eligible employees for participation, per the criteria above. Employees can take part in the training free of charge while continuing to work.

If you’re an employer and want to hire a participant, you may register with RapidSkills staff to become an employer of choice. This will provide you with access to employees who graduate from the program with the most up-to-date, in-demand, sectoral-focused skills. RapidSkills and Employment Ontario staff will work collaboratively to ensure each participant completes the program in full and that employers have access to any additional programming.

I want to be a participant

Individuals may self-identify for the program and obtain a referral through either Employment Ontario or their current employer, per the criteria above. Participants will be referred to RapidSkills staff, go through an intake process to ensure eligibility requirements have been met, receive testing to gauge knowledge levels in the training areas, and partake in a program orientation.

If a participant believes they have acquired competencies gained in a micro-credential module through education and/or work, they may request skill testing to challenge for completion of that module (and receipt of the applicable digital badge). Once a participant has completed each module and/or received all digital badges associated with the micro-credential, they will be granted the full micro-credential.

Upon completion of a micro-credential, a participant may be eligible for credit transfers into select Georgian College programs.

Participants may be required to participate in industrial certification and/or employability skills training. This will provide certifications including, but not limited to, Working at Heights, Forklift Training and Electrical Safety.

Contact us

Our team is always available for questions related to corporate training including group rates, custom programming and how to best utilize Georgian resources.

Contact information

[email protected]
705.728.1968, ext. 1423

One Georgian Drive
Barrie, ON  L4M 3X9

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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