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Oil Monitoring Analyst (OMA) - Level I - Predictive maintenance professionals who oversee the oil analysis program for a shop/plant would be suited for OMA I certification, while professionals working at the supervisory level are more suited for OMA II certification. OMA I is recommended for mechanics, engineers, operators, tradesmen, chemical managers or on-site lab personnel.

OMA - Oil Monitoring Analyst (3-DAY)

Interested in becoming a certified Oil Monitoring Analyst? Oil Monitoring Analyst's are predictive maintenance professionals who oversee the oil analysis program for a shop/plant. OMA I is recommended for mechanics, engineers, operators, tradesmen, chemical managers or on-site lab personnel whose core responsibilities include; Taking oil samples, reviewing oil analysis reports and selecting the correct oil analysis tests, maintaining overall care of equipment and determining appropriate maintenance actions based on oil analysis reports.

Develop the knowledge to kick-start your own Oil Analysis program. Undoubtedly if you have not taken that journey you are not sure how oil analysis fits within your maintenance program, and you require the knowledge to make oil analysis more successful within your organization. If you want to avoid making the mistakes these companies made, and if you want to learn the insights that these companies gained by trial and effort you need the training that Lubrigard offers.

Improve the way you do maintenance. The course first teaches you the fundamentals of oil analysis, then teaches you the skills necessary to ensure the success of your own oil analysis program. This course goes beyond the basics and shows you the necessary strategies to improve your maintenance through the integration of oil analysis. In just two days you will gain the knowledge to significantly improve the way you do maintenance within your company.


The optional OMA I or OMA II exam is administered on the Friday morning at the training site and is proctored by the STLE. Registration for either or both exams can be done through the STLE at, e-mail at or call (847)825-5536.

  • Lubricant Fundamentals
    • Introduction
    • Functions of lubricating oil
    • Lubrication films
    • Mineral oil refining
  • Lubricant Properties
    • This module provides an understanding of oil properties by deconstructing technical data sheets for a number of common oil products
    • Viscosity classification (sae, iso, agma, nlgi)
    • Oxidation & thermal stability (an, bn, rpvot, ruler, tost, ft-ir)
    • Low temperature operation (pour point)
    • Base oil characteristics (specific / api gravity, flash point, ft-ir)
    • Air entrainment (foam characteristics)
    • Water shedding & rust and corrosion control (demulsibility / separability)
  • Detecting Contamination
    • Elemental analysis (icp, aa, xrf)
    • Wear particle screening (pq, dr-ferr)
    • Wear particle analysis (a-ferr, lnf, pdf, fda)
  • Program Management
    • Maintenance strategies
    • The role of oil analysis
    • Setting program goals
    • Oil sampling
    • Completing sample information
    • Reading oil analysis sample reports
  • Interpretaion of Contamination & Lube Degredation
    This module provides theory on oil analysis data interpretation through real-life case studies
    • Lubricant degradation
    • Determining tan/tbn/viscosity limits
    • Interpretation of tan/tbn/viscosity results
    • Additive depletion
    • Contamination
    • Setting iso targets and alarms
    • Interpretation of particle count data
    • Setting water, glycol, soot, fuel limits
    • Determining incorrect oil top-ups
    • Ferrography/ferrous debris
  • Wear Particle Analysis
    • Particle analysis techniques
    • Fundamentals of wear particle
    • Morphology
    • Wear regimes
    • Ferrous wear particles
    • Non-ferrous wear particles
    • Contaminants and lubricant degradation
    • Determining alloy composition of wear metals
  • Interpretaion of Wear & Fatigue
    • This module provides theory on oil analysis data
    • Interpretation through real-life case studies
    • Understanding wear limits
    • Determining wear limits
    • Detailed wear case studies
WearCheck is a group of independent laboratories, spanning the globe, dedicated to oil and wear particle analysis. Each member country belongs to the WearCheck International (WCI). WCI is a consortium of laboratories guided by the WCI charter. The WCI charter outlines the necessary requirements to be a member of WCI, and includes specifications for testing capability, quality, and service.

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Bill Quesnel is President of WearCheck Canada and has developed his experience over the last 25 years in the industry helping many large companies establish successful oil analysis programs. Having time and again witnessed the need for lubrication management programs. Bill founded Lubrigard to provide clients with the necessary services, training and products to manage their lubricants effectively. (OMA-2 certified)

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