International Fluid Power Society (IFPS)

Fluid Power System Designer


Credential: Fluid Power System Designer
Credentialing Agency: International Fluid Power Society (IFPS)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The International Fluid Power Society (IFPS), Fluid Power System Designer certification is for professionals in the fluid power and motion control industry with advanced, system level hydraulic, pneumatic, and electronic controls expertise. Fluid Power System Designer candidates must hold the IFPS Hydraulic Specialist, Pneumatic Specialist, and Electronic Controls Specialist certifications and meet a combination of education and experience requirements. Candidates must pass the IFPS Fluid Power Connector and Conductor written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Fluid Power System Designer

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite: Must hold three IFPS certifications: Hydraulic Specialist certification, Pneumatic Specialist certification, and Electronic Controls Specialist certification
  • Experience: 6 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

International Fluid Power Society (IFPS)

1930 East Marlton Pike, Suite A2
Cherry Hill, NJ  08003

Phone: (800) 308-6005

Fax: (856) 424-9248
Email: Askus@ifps.org

Option 1:

Candidate must have six years of system design experience.

Option 2:

Candidate must hold an Associate Fluid Power degree and have four years of system design experience.

Option 3:

Candidate must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology and have four years of system design experience.

Option 4:

Candidate must hold a Certified Fluid Power Accredited Instructor (CFPAI) certification and have four years of system design training experience.

The Fluid Power System Designer credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must agree to adhere to the IFPS Code of Ethics.
  • Candidate must provide five signed professional references.

Written Exam Fluid Power Connector and Conductor exam

  • Job Responsibility: Product Identification
    • Understand basic components of hose construction to be able to identify hose types.
    • Use the layline information to identify the hose specifications.
    • Identify terminal end(s) type and type of hose.
    • Identify fittings and end connections using calipers, thread gauges, seat gauges and other suitable means to ensure proper compatibility with operating system.
    • Identify port and fitting threads using measuring tools and charts to ensure the proper fittings are used to make the assembly.
    • Identify flange type for the establishment of pressure rating suitability for application.
  • Job Responsibility - Assembly Component Selection
    • Use appropriate charts to determine ratings for stainless and carbon steel tubing for proper selection and application.
    • Use the “STAMPED” acronym to determine the correct hose assembly parameters.
    • Use the “STAMPED” method in selecting the proper tubing and fitting for a metal tube assembly.
    • Examine for external physical abuse to determine and select the correct abrasion resistant material to prevent future hose damage.
    • Use pressure conversion charts to convert metric (MPa) to English (psi) values to ensure use of correct assembly components.
    • Determine correct hose replacement by measuring existing assembly. Select hose tube materials based on pressure ratings and fluid to ensure correct hose assembly.
    • Select “O” rings using catalog information to prevent fitting leakage.
    • Contents
  • Job Responsibility - Assembly Procedure and Operation
    • Cut hose to measured length using proper equipment and procedures for assembly.
    • Skive hose to proper length using proper equipment and procedures.
    • Determine and mark insertion depth on hose to specifications.
    • Perform crimp machine inspection and calibration to ensure proper final hose assembly.
    • Use calipers to measure crimp dimensions.
    • Assemble “field attachable” fittings to manufacturers’ recommendations.
    • Properly position and tighten hose clamps per manufacturers’ specifications.
    • Determine elbow displacement for double elbow assemblies.
    • Clean hose assembly and determine cleanliness level.
    • Flare tubing to make tubing assembly.
    • Inspection of flareless fitting assembly.
    • Inspection and assembly of two ferrule fittings.
    • Use silver brazing to assemble fittings on to tube.
    • Determine fitting requirements for A and AT hose based on whether hose skiving is required to maintain fitting compatibility
    • Use hydraulic test stand for proof, burst, and impulse testing as needed.
  • Job Responsibility - Documentation
    • Identify and obtain appropriate specifications from manufacturer or standards organizations to comply with hose assembly requirements.
    • Identify and use proper standards to ensure conformance and appropriate quality and safety.
    • Use approval and listing agencies noted in documentation to validate procedures.
    • Review specified documents for the pressure code of flanges to ensure proper pressure rating.
    • Measure and compare flange type fittings to customer prints and/or standards to correctly determine proper end flange type.
    • Inspect flares for proper quality.
    • Perform visual inspection of final hose assembly.
    • Document the quality of tested hose assemblies as to quality and procedures.
    • Use hose assembly sampling for product validation and quality documentation.
    • Package hose assembly per customer requirements.
    • Dispose of used assemblies per procedures defined by management to prevent reuse.

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Fluid Power System Designer examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Fluid Power System Designer credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Fluid Power System Designer

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Fluid Power System Designer credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Fluid Power System Designer certification is renewed every five years by completing 35 professional development points (PDPs) and paying a recertification fee. Additional information can be found on the IFPS website.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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