Machine Lubrication Best Practices – MLT/MLA Level 1 Certification Prep Class

Intro to Essential Care and Lubrication Practices
University of Tennessee Reliability
ICML Training Partner

Class Description

A 4-Day Course for Fundamentals, Practical Applications and Best Practices
This course helps you prepare for both the Level 1 Machinery Lubrication Technician™ (MLT1) or Machine Lubricant Analyst™ (MLA1) certification exams. It covers all of the topics in the published Body of Knowledge for both certification exams, including: Lubrication Fundamentals, Lubricant Chemistry and Performance Capabilities, Lubricant Selection and Application, Contamination Identification and Control, Lubricant Sampling and Analysis, and other practical elements of lubrication program management.

Training Dates and Locations

Knoxville, Tennessee
April 24-27, 2023
University of Tennessee
600 Henley Street
Knoxville, TN 37996

Irving, TX
May 22-25, 2023

NCH Corp Headquarters
2727 Chemsearch Blvd.
Irving, TX 75062

Nashville, TN
June 5-8, 2023
Columbia State Community College
1228 Liberty Pike
Franklin, TN 37067

What You Get

How to Register

Complete the registration forms using the links above or contact Steve Smith, Training Director: 615-482-4069,

Price: $1,495.00

Certification Testing

If you plan on taking either of the the ICML Certification Exams please remember to register for the exam on ICML’s website at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. (*Preparation for both certification exams is included in this class)

If you would like to take the certification exam, please schedule with ICML here:
Click here to register for your ICML Exam or you can call ICML at 918-259-2950 and ask for Elizabeth. The price for certification is $275 paid directly to ICML.

Course Outline

Precision Lubrication and Machine Management Strategies

  • Past, Current and Future Maintenance Strategies
  • Machine Lubrication Practices for each Strategy
  • The Concept of Precision Lubrication
  • The Role of Lubrication in Machine Reliability

Applied Tribology: The Science of Precision Lubrication

  • Friction, Motion, Lubrication and Wear
  • Surface Interaction Modes – Sliding and Rolling
  • Surface Damage: Abrasive, Adhesive, Cavitation, Corrosion
  • Lubricants, Lubricant Films and Surface Protection
  • The Stribeck Curve – Phase Changes

Lubricant Construction

  • Lubricant Categories
  • Base Oils
  • Additives
  • Thickeners

Performance Properties

  • Oil Performance Criteria
  • Grease Performance Criteria
  • Loss of Additive Performance

Lubricant Selection Practices

  • Bearings
  • Gearing and Couplings
  • Hydraulics
  • Compressors
  • Turbines
  • Wire Rope, Chain and Miscellaneous
  • Combustion Motors

Lubricant Application – Grease

  • Dispensing Tools
  • Dispensing Metrics – Frequency and Volume
  • Grease Application Automation
  • Practice for Maintaining Automatic Systems
  • Route Construction, Scheduling and Management

Lubrication Application – Oil

  • Oil Dispensing Tools

Lubricant Condition and Contamination Control

  • Sump Management: The Heart of Precision Lubrication
  • Types of Contaminants
  • Contaminant Exclusion
  • Contaminant Removal

Lubricant Storage and Handling

  • Lubricant Consolidation
  • Bulk and Packaged Product Receipt and Storage
  • In Plant Handling Management
  • Lubricant Handling Tools

Introduction to Oil Analysis

  • Lubricant Sampling Tools and Methods
  • Lubricant Properties Analysis
  • Solid Contaminant Analysis
  • Test Slate, Alarms and Limits Development