Topic outline

  • Mechanical Maintenance of Automation

    This unit of learning is part of the following learning pathways:

  • Duration




    Lessons hours: 20

    Self-study hours:

    Hands-on hours:

    Other (please specify):

    Assessment hours:

    • Mechanical maintenance

      The student will be able to carry out safe mechanical maintenance on industrial automation systems


      • Understand the procedures involved with the safe mechanical maintenance on industrial automation systems


      • The development of PLCs and how they differ from PC-based control systems.
      • Commonalities/differences between different systems.
      • Health and safety implications of PLC-controlled equipment.
      • Understanding and use of the different types of inputs/output commonly used on PLC-based equipment.
      • Different methods of communication systems commonly used.
      • Potential security issues with networked PLC systems


      • Use standard pneumatic and fluid power connection standards and components covering failure modes and health and safety

      • Assessment methods

        As specified by the Awarding organisation, assessment is by ‘Centre Set Assessment’ which should use a combination of the following methods:

        • Written exercises and test
        • Oral examination and exercises
        • Practical assignment under supervision
        • Practical assignment autonomously and responsibly
        • Assessment criteria

          Timing and activities as set out in the Assessment Plan. This plan should be established by the centre prior to the commencement of delivery.