National Credential
Credential: Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic (IHM)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: International Fluid Power Society (IFPS)

The International Fluid Power Society (IFPS), Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic (IHM) certification is for professionals in the fluid power and motion control industry who fabricate, assemble, test, maintain, and repair systems and components. IHMs understand hydraulic symbols, read system schematics, and are skilled in using hand tools, power tools, micrometers, and testing equipment. To earn the IHM certification, candidates must pass a written exam and a job performance exam.

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

Renewal Period: 5 years

Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic (IHM)

The following Navy Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Navy$ Gap Analysis LaDR
Enlisted ABE-Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Launching and Recovery Equipment Rating most  Navy Bucks    E2 Pay Grade
Enlisted AM-Aviation Structural Mechanic Rating some  Navy Bucks    E3 Pay Grade
Enlisted AS-Aviation Support Equipment Technician Rating some  Navy Bucks    E3 Pay Grade
Enlisted EN-Engineman Rating some  Navy Bucks    E3 Pay Grade
Enlisted GM-Gunner's Mate Rating other      
Enlisted GSM-Gas Turbine System Technician Mechanical Rating some  Navy Bucks    E2 Pay Grade
Enlisted MMA-Machinists Mate, Non-Nuclear, Submarine Auxiliary Rating some  Navy Bucks    E4 Pay Grade
Enlisted MM-Machinist's Mate Rating most  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted MMW-Machinists Mate, Weapons Rating some  Navy Bucks    E4 Pay Grade
Enlisted MT-Missile Technician (Submarines) Rating some  Navy Bucks    E4 Pay Grade
Enlisted LCAC - Landing Craft Air Cushion Deck Engineer Out of Rate Assignment most  Navy Bucks    

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of three ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will most likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This Credential has been approved for payment through the Navy's Credential Program Office. Note that to be eligible for Navy funded credentials, you must have demonstrated competency and experience towards the credential being sought. This credential may require additional work to fully meet competency and experience requirements.

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Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic (IHM)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 5 years

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

International Fluid Power Society (IFPS)
P.O. Box 1420
Cherry Hil, NJ  08034-0054
Phone: (800) 308-6005
Fax: (856) 424-9248

Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic (IHM)

  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Fluid Filtration and Maintenance
  • Assemble Components
  • Field Repairs
  • Major Repairs
  • Minor Repairs
  • Replace Components and Fluids
  • Troubleshooting

The job performance assessment consists of the following six stations:

  • Identify Fluid Power Symbols
  • Identify Fasteners and Fittings
  • Use of Multimeter
  • Measure a Pump Piston and Spool
  • Fluid Conductors
  • Tube Bend and Flare

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic (IHM) examination:

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

Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic (IHM)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic (IHM) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The IHM certification is renewed every five years by completing 15 professional development points (PDPs) and paying a recertification fee. Additional information can be found on the IFPS website.

Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic (IHM)

Additional considerations for the Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic (IHM) include:

  • Individuals who hold the IFPS Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic (IHM), Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic (MHM), and Pneumatic Mechanic (PM) certifications earn the Fluid Power Master Mechanic (MM) designation. Navy COOL can provide funding for maintaining the Fluid Power Master Mechanic (MM) designation for eligible Sailors.