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COMPREHENSIVE OIL ANALYSIS

This is a comprehensive 3-day class covering Lubrication Fundamentals and Oil Analysis. The training is designed for all levels of personnel involved in the oil analysis program. It is an ideal course for PdM Technicians, Plant Managers, Reliability Engineers, Reliability Technicians & Service Technicians.

Optional Certification Exams: Those completing the course are eligible to challenge either of the MLT I, MLA I, MLA II or OMA I certification exams offered by ICML and STLE. Although TestOil is providing this course, it is not a prep class for the exams. Through this course we seek to refresh and clarify the knowledge each student should largely possess, while filling in any gaps, in order to be prepared to write an exam. Exams will be hosted on the Friday morning following the course. For more information: 216-251-2510.

Topics Covered:

Lubrication Fundamentals
• Lubricant Functions
• Lubricating Oil Films
• Lubricating Oil Properties
• Lubricant Manufacturing
• Lubricating Oil Additives
• Lubricating Oil Performance Properties
• Transportation Lubricants
• Greases

Failure Modes and Maintenance Strategies
• Equipment Wear Modes
• Probability of Failures
• Maintenance Strategies – Reactive, Preventive, Predictive, Proactive, Reliability-Centered

Fluid Storage, Handling, Application and Conditioning
• Delivery, Storage & Handling
• Exclusion & Conditioning

Sampling
• Understanding the importance of proper sampling
• Selecting sampling tools for better samples
• Selecting representative sample points
• Establishing decent sampling procedures
• Establishing appropriate sampling frequencies

Lubricant Analysis
• All Routine and Advanced Tests: Scope, Significance, Principle, Limitations, Interferences, Precision and Bias
• Results from all tests: Common cause, Mechanisms driving change, Correlating data, Exceptions, Pitfalls

Upcoming Online Courses

We’ll see you in 2021!

CERTIFIED LUBRICATION SPECIALIST

This is a 3-day course designed to prepare attendees for the Certified Lubrication Specialist™ (CLS) certification exam offered by the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE).

Expert Instructor: Evan Zabawski, CLS, TestOil’s Senior Technical Advisor.
Evan has extensive experience training tradesmen and professionals in a variety of fields including: lubrication fundamentals, contamination control, condition monitoring, RCM/FMEA and used oil analysis. Evan was also the editor for The Basic Handbook of Lubrication – Third Edition, which is a popular study guide for the CLS exam.

Who Should Attend?

A Lubrication Specialist is an individual who might be designated a “Lubrication Engineer” by his/her employer. However, it is not limited to this designation, as individuals from varied backgrounds, including sales and management, opt to become CLS certified to increase their credibility/standards.

  • Maintenance managers & supervisors
  • Reliability engineers
  • Predictive maintenance technicians
  • Oil analysis personnel
  • Equipment operators
  • Lubrication technicians & engineers
  • Operations managers
  • Manufacturing and industrial engineers
  • Lubricant consultants

A Lubrication Specialist’s Core Responsibilities

  • Evaluates and selects lubricants to use and their purchases.
  • Conducts lube surveys.
  • Trains lubricators and assembles work list.
  • Develops quality assurance and used lubricant analysis programs.
  • Troubleshoots and problem solves lubrication issues.
  • Maintains records of all application, as well as waste collection or disposal.

Upcoming Online Courses

December 1-3, 2020

Which Certification is Right for Me

Both STLE and ICML offer a variety of certifications, and this brief overview of each certification is aimed at helping candidates choose which certification offers the best fit for their role. It should be noted that no certification is a prerequisite for another, meaning anyone can challenge any listed exam provided they meet the training and experience requirements.

ICML Certifications

Level I Machine Lubricant Technician (MLT I) Level II Machine Lubricant Technician (MLT II) Level I Machine Lubricant Analyst (MLA I) Level II Machine Lubricant Analyst (MLA II)
Which fields? Machinery lubrication, engineering, mechanical maintenance and/or maintenance trades Machinery lubrication, engineering, mechanical maintenance and/or maintenance trades Lubricant-analysis-based machinery condition monitoring Lubricant-analysis-based machinery condition monitoring
Required Experience 2 years 3 years 1 year 2 years
Required Training 16 hours 32 hours 16 hours 24 hours
Exam Topics
  • Maintenance Strategy
  • Lubrication Theory
  • Lubricants
  • Lubricant Selection
  • Lubricant Application
  • Preventive and Predictive Maintenance
  • Lube Condition Control
  • Lube Storage and Management
  • Maintenance Strategy
  • Lubrication Theory
  • Lubricant Formulation
  • Grease Application and Performance
  • Lubricant Selection
  • Lubricant Testing and Performance Analysis
  • Lubricant Application
  • Preventive and Predictive Maintenance
  • Lube Condition Control
  • Lube Storage and Management
  • Maintenance Strategies
  • Lubrication Theory/Fundamentals
  • Lubricant Selection
  • Lubrication Application
  • Lube Storage and Management
  • Lube Condition Control
  • Oil Sampling
  • Lubricant Health Monitoring
  • Wear Debris Monitoring and Analysis
  • Lubricant roles and functions
  • Oil Analysis Maintenance Strategies
  • Oil Sampling
  • Lubricant Health Monitoring
  • Lubricant Contamination Measurement and Control
  • Wear Debris Monitoring and Analysis

STLE Certifications

Oil Monitoring Analyst I (OMA I) Oil Monitoring Analyst II (OMA II) Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS)
Who is it for? Predictive maintenance professionals who oversee the oil analysis program for a shop/plant Professionals working at the supervisory level An individual who might be designated a “Lubrication Engineer” by their employer
What roles? Mechanics, engineers, operators, tradesmen, chemical managers or on-site lab personnel Reliability engineers, lubrication engineers, tribologists, maintenance supervisors or onsite/commercial lab management Individuals from varied backgrounds, including sales and management
Core Responsibilities
  • Responsible for oil sampling.
  • Reviews oil analysis reports and performs the correct tests.
  • Maintains overall care of equipment and maintenance actions.
  • Runs all appropriate tests and interprets the data.
  • Responsible for overall management of the oil analysis program.
  • Supervises personnel and maintains quality control.
  • Evaluates and selects lubricants to use and their purchases.
  • Conducts lube surveys.
  • Trains lubricators and assembles work list.
  • Develops quality assurance and used lubricant analysis programs.
  • Troubleshoots and problem solves lubrication issues.
  • Maintains records of all application, as well as waste collection or disposal.
Required Experience 1 year 1 year 3 years
Required Training 16 hours 16 hours n/a
Exam Topics
  • Lubrication Fundamentals
  • Sampling
  • Application/Test Method
  • Data Interpretation
  • Troubleshooting
  • Lubricant Selection
  • System Configuration
  • Sampling and Analytical Methods
  • Sampling Intervals
  • Suppliers
  • Program Logistics
  • Training
  • Baseline Data
  • Limits and Alarms
  • Test Validation
  • Data Interpretation
  • Actions
  • Maintenance
  • Analysis
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Documentation
  • Failure Analysis
  • Tribological Factors Affecting Design
  • Program Management
  • Lubrication Fundamentals
  • Fluid Conditioning
  • Storage, Handling and Application of Lubricants
  • Monitoring and Reducing Consumption of Lubricants
  • Gears
  • Bearings
  • Seals
  • Fluid Power
  • Lubricant Manufacturing
  • Pneumatics
  • Transportation Lubricants
  • Metalworking
  • Solvents and Cleaners
  • Problem Solving
  • Lubricant Analysis
  • Lubrication Programs

 

 

A FEW WORDS FROM PAST ATTENDEES

Training Class and Lab Tour Exceeded Expectations

T. Hannigan, Reliability Engineer, Power Industry

"Just wanted to take a moment to thank Karrie, Tim, and the rest of the TestOil staff for a very informative and enjoyable couple of days. The format and content of the training was great, and the lab tour was a good chance to meet everyone involved in the analysis process, and put everything in perspective. I'll be requesting management to make future training available to the Techs. Thanks again."

Training Class Made An Impact

D. Angle, Reliability Team, Chemical Company


"The class and tour was excellent. We are meeting tomorrow to discuss improvements to our lubrication program. We are going to push for onsite training for our mechanics and operators."

Articles, Books and Customer Support – Oh My!

T. Winter, Industrial Maintenance Technician, Food Industry

"Everything is going great. I'm liking what I see from TestOil and the ability to call and pick people's brains is awesome. That, along with the articles and books I've got from you guys, has been a big help in getting a better understanding of what I need to be looking at."


TestOil has served this customer since 2015. Headquartered in Wisconsin, they are one of the largest sausage producers in the United States.

Rock Solid Instructor

N. Petrulak, Plant Reliability Engineer, Steel Company

"My only regret is that I didn’t take that class sooner. You had a rock solid instructor with excellent training resources. With any luck I can justify the need to get that kind of training brought to my facility."

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