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MLT1 - Machinery Lubrication Technician

Lubrigard is hosting this 3-day course that covers the MLT1 body of knowledge. This course provides the foundational training for reliability-centered machine lubrication work practices. This course will help you understand the positive impact that high quality lubrication practices can have on your machine's health and your plant's productivity. Participants will learn how to transform an existing lubrication process from modest and reactive to thorough, accurate and proactive. The MLT1 exam is administered on the Friday morning after the class through ICML.

Registration for the exam can be done through ICML at or call (918)-259-2950.

In this course you will:

  • Understand how lubricants work, how to create lubricant specifications for different types of machines, and how to manage their condition.
  • Learn how to select a grease, the most effective application method, and how to determine the optimum application amount and frequency
  • Learn how to identify, prevent, and remediate lubricant contamination.
  • Learn how to design a world-class lubricant storage and handling system.
  • Understand the key elements and uses of oil analysis.
  • Learn how to modify equipment for lubrication, inspection, oil analysis, and contamination control.
  • Learn how to identify gaps in your program and create a game plan for your next steps.

Day 1
  • Role of Lubrication Machine Reliability
  • Lubrication Theory and Fundamentals
  • Lubricant Failure Modes
  • Lubricating Oil Application Methods
Day 2
  • Grease Application Methods
  • Lubricant Selection and Lubrication Considerations
  • Lubricant Contamination Control
Day 3
  • Storage and Handling of New Lubricants
  • Used Oil Analysis
  • Oil Sampling Methods
  • Equipment Modifications
  • Lubrication Program Gap Analysis


MLT1 Body of Knowledge

I. Maintenance Strategy (5%)
   A. Why machines fail
   B. The impact of poor maintenance on company profits
   C. The role of effective lubrication in failure avoidance

II. Lubrication Theory (10%)
   A. Fundamentals of tribology
   B. Functions of a lubricant
   C. Hydrodynamic lubrication (sliding friction)
   D. Elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication (rolling friction)
   E. Mixed-film lubrication

III. Lubricants (15%)
   A. Base-oils
   B. Additives and their functions
   C. Oil lubricant physical, chemical and performance properties and classifications
   D. Grease lubrication
       1. How grease is made
       2. Thickener types
       3. Thickener compatibility
       4. Grease lubricant physical, chemical and performance properties and classifications

IV. Lubricant Selection (15%)
   A. Viscosity selection
   B. Base-oil type selection
   C. Additive system selection
   D. Machine specific lubricant requirements
       1. Hydraulic systems
       2. Rolling element bearings
       3. Journal bearings
       4. Reciprocating engines
       5. Gearing and gearboxes
   E. Application and environment related adjustments

V. Lubricant Application (25%)
   A. Basic calculations for determining required lubricant volume
   B. Basic calculations to determine re-lube and change frequencies
   C. When to select oil; when to select grease
   D. Effective use of manual delivery techniques
   E. Automatic delivery systems
       1. Automated deliver options
           a) Automated grease systems
           b) Oil mist systems
           c) Drip and wick lubricators
       2. Deciding when to employ automated lubricators
       3. Maintenance of automated lubrication systems

VI. Preventive and Predictive Maintenance (10%)
   A. Lube routes and scheduling
   B. Oil analysis and technologies to assure lubrication effectiveness
   C. Equipment tagging and identification

VII. Lube Condition Control (10%)
   A. Filtration and separation technologies
   B. Filter rating
   C. Filtration system design and filter selection

VIII. Lube Storage and Management (10%)
   A. Lubricant receiving procedures
   B. Proper storage and inventory management
   C. Lube storage containers
   D. Proper storage of grease-guns and other lube application devices
   E. Maintenance of automatic grease systems
   F.  Health and safety assurance

On the 4th day there will be a scheduled MLT1 certification exam. You can read about the MLT1 certification on the ICML website:

To become certified, an individual must meet the following requirements:

Education and/or Experience - Candidates must have at least two years education (post-secondary) or on-the-job training in one or more of the following fields: machine lubrication, engineering, mechanical maintenance and/or maintenance trades.

Examination - Each candidate must successfully pass a written, 100 question, multiple-choice examination that evaluates the candidate's knowledge of the topic. Candidates have three hours to complete the closed-book examination. A score of 70% is required to pass the examination and achieve certification. Contact ICML about the availability of the exam in other languages.

The cost of the 3 day course is $1795 Canadian. The cost of the exam is $275 USD. Attendees wishing to take the exam must register directly with ICML


Lubrigard can help you overcome the major hurdles to achieving world-class lubrication, by providing you with a specific action plan to improve equipment reliability and rescue your maintenance team from constantly "putting out fires". Lubrigard has the knowledge and support to provide you with specific solution to your current lubrication needs. Industrial supply since 2002.

Jarrod Potteiger Jarrod Potteiger is Education Services Manager and Sr. Technical Consultant for Des-Case Corporation. Jarrod has more than 20 years' experience in the field of lubrication, contamination control and oil analysis and has trained thousands of maintenance professionals in precision lubrication. Jarrod is a trusted consultant and advisor in the area of precision lubrication for many leading manufacturers including GE, Honda Manufacturing, ALCOA, International Paper, Dupont and many more. Jarrod and published numerous articles on the subject of precision lubrication and regularly presents workshops and papers at a variety of technical conferences including IMC, SMRP, IDCON and Marcon. Jarrod holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Alabama.