Machinery Lubrication Training

Optional Level I Machine Lubricant Analyst (MLA I) or Level I Machinery Lubrication Technician (MLT I) certification.

Keeping equipment running. Reducing costly downtime. Constantly improving operations. Maximizing machine and employee productivity…we know that’s what your day is all about.

That’s why we created the four-day Machinery Lubrication course that will enhance both your knowledge and capabilities in lubrication management. Complete our course, secure the optional MLT I or MLA I certification and you will become more efficient in your daily activities, more confident in your profession and more valuable employee to your organization.

Today, we’re all working lean with the requirements to do more with less. Expectations are higher, demanding more productivity from both equipment and personnel. Let education be the key to reaching these goals.

Complete the course and you will discover how to transform your maintenance program from reactive to proactive. Change your company’s view of maintenance and plan your maintenance activities with a balance approach that prevent problems before they occur. Gain control over your lubrication program, gain control over your maintenance activities, and gain control over your day.

Lean Lubrication Management course
  • Learn proven techniques to effectively maintain your equipment
  • Gain proven strategies for increasing machine availability
  • Create a strategic proactive plan for your maintenance practices
  • Tour Trico’s Lab to learn the different test procedures and equipment used for oil analysis

Course Focus
  • Maintenance Strategies
  • Lubrication Theory/Fundamentals
  • Lubricant Types
  • Lubricant Properties
  • Lubricant Selection
  • Lubricant Applications
  • Lubricant Storage and Management
  • Contamination Control
  • Oil Sampling
  • Lubricant Health Monitoring
  • Wear Debris Monitoring and Analysis
  • Preventative and Predictive Maintenance Fundamentals
  • Lubrication Management Best Practices

This four-day course provides attendees an extensive overview of machinery lubrication, condition monitoring, oil analysis and maintenance techniques. Topics covered include best practices techniques for lubricant delivery and arrival, storage and dispensing, transfer, management of machinery lubrication routes, lubricant selection and additives, setting re-lubrication intervals, basic oil analysis, and contamination control.

Maintenance Strategies 

  • Lubrication program strategies
  • Reliability centered maintenance
  • Lube failure modes effects

Lubrication Theory 

  • Purpose of a lubricant
  • Function of a lubricant
  • Tribology and friction
  • Mixed film lubrication

Lubricant Types

  • Mineral lubricants
  • Synthetic lubricants
  • Vegetable lubricants
  • Greases

Lubricant Properties

  • Physical properties
  • Chemical properties

Lubricant Selection

  • Selecting lubricants for specific equipment and components
  • Selecting greases for specific equipment and components

Lubricant Applications

  • Manual lubrication
  • Natural delivery methods
  • Oilers delivery methods
  • Centralized lubrication

Lubricant Storage and Management

  • Consolidating and procurement
  • Proper storage, dispensing, and transferring procedures
  • Designing optimum storage room

Contamination Control

  • Particulate contamination
  • Water contamination
  • Air and other contamination
  • Filter types and ratings

Wear Debris Analysis and Monitoring

  • Introduction to Oil Analysis
  • Sampling equipment and options
  • Sample bottles
  • Oil sampling frequency

Preventative and Predictive Maintenance Fundamentals

  • Appearance screening
  • Contamination monitoring
  • Physical and chemical testing
  • Typical grease monitoring
  • Targets and limits

Lubrication Management Best Practices

  • Lubrication maintenance
  • Oil changes
  • Leakage
  • Safety
  • Best practices
  • How lubrication affects machine reliability
  • Maintenance program strategies for achieving world class lubrication
  • The importance of oil film thickness and dynamic clearance on components
  • Advantages and disadvantages of grease lubrication
  • How lubricant properties change
  • How additives deplete and degrade
  • How to equip machines for effective contamination exclusion and removal
  • How contamination affects the machine and lubricant
  • The benefits of developing lubrication standards
  • Quick tips to designing a world class lubricant storage room
  • Troubleshoot lubrication problems
  • How to utilize the proper methods and equipment to facilitate oil sampling procedures
  • How to determine representative oil sampling locations
  • Why oil analysis is an important tool to use determine machine and lubricant condition
  • Why metrics are important

Optional Certification Testing Available The International Council for Machinery Lubrication (ICML) will conduct Level I Machine Lubrication Technician (MLT I) and Level I Machine Lubricant Analyst (MLA I) certification testing the morning following the Journey of the Lubricant ® training course from 8:00am – 11:00am (exam date is June 30th, 2023). 

Certification testing is optional. Candidates interested in testing for certification should contact ICML directly by visiting their website at for testing and payment of examination fee. Cost to take exam is $275. 

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Delivered how you want it…where you want it…when you want it! Arrange to have Trico conduct the Journey of the Lubricant™ course onsite, at your facility, to a group of your employees. Exclusive focused training combined with savings on travel time and expenses.  Customized Training Maximize the impact of onsite training with customization – we will help you develop course material that addresses the unique challenges facing your facility. Our instructors will work with you to modify exercise and tailor case studies to incorporate facility specific information into your training program. This provides your team with the most relevant information and skills they need to function more effectively on the job. To learn more call us at 262.691.9336 to discuss your specific training requirements today!

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June 26-29, 2023

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