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MLA-1/MLT-1 - Machinery Lubrication Technician ($1595)

Lubrigard is pleased to offer this 3-day in-person & online training, hosted at WearCheck Canada in Burlington, Ontario Canada. The course covers both the MLT-1 and MLA-1 body of knowledge in accordance to ISO 18436-4. 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 MLT-1 exam is administered through ICML.

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

Course Cost: $1595 IN-PERSON / $695 ONLINE   Exam cost: $275 USD (exam is optional)

In this course you will:

Training starts at 8:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm. (Toronto/New York Eastern timezone)

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3


MLA-1/MLT-1 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

ICML Approved Partner

Lubrigard / WearCheck are an ICML Approved Training partner and Exam location. ICML is a global non-profit organization dedicated to helping lubrication practitioners succeed in their professional careers. ICML certification exams are administered in accordance with ISO 18436 and are available worldwide in multiple languages and in both paper and online formats.

On the 4th day you may schedule a MLT-1 certification exam. You can read about and/or apply for the MLT-1 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 $1595 (in person) / $695 (online) per person. 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.

Paul Dumont is Vice President of Sales for Lubrigard Ltd. Paul started his career running his own business in the proactive lubrication industry providing lubrication solutions to his clients. Since joining Lubrigard Ltd. Paul has developed strong relationships with both distributors and major clients and is the source of technical knowledge for Lubrigard services. (OMA I, MLA I, MLT I certified).