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Training Options For All Levels

Training Options For All Levels

Training Options For All Levels

Lubrication & Oil Analysis Training - Private Onsite Training
Certification Training & Exams - Educational Webinars



Which Certification Is Right For Me?

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

• 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 Courses

Cleveland, OH
May 19-21, 2020

St. Louis, MO
June 16-18, 2020

Houston, TX
September 15-17, 2020

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 Courses

Irving, TX
March 10-12, 2020

Cleveland, OH
July 21-23, 2020

New Orleans, LA
October 2020 - More Info Coming Soon


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."
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."
Training Class & Lab Tour Meets Expectations
E. Cruz, Regional Field Maintenance Manager, Waste Management and Remediation Industry
"Thank you for hosting the training class. The session was very well organized, professional, and informative. Hats off to the TestOil staff for being so willing to share their knowledge and experience. I have already given my report to the corporate staff on how pleased I am with TestOil and their ability to process and meets our needs."
Training Spurs Improvements To Lube Program
W. Nichols, Reliability Engineer, Chemical Company
"We thoroughly enjoyed the class and the lab visit. We are going to meet with management to discuss many of the things we learned to improve our oil program."
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."
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."


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