Lubrication Analysis – The Essentials Course

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You will learn how to maximise your machinery lubrication efficiency from reducing lube oil costs to extending equipment life and preventing failures. If you are in any way involved in lubricated machinery this is the course for you. Designed for all experience levels to allow you to master the fundamentals of oil analysis simply and in your own time with the lubrication essentials online programme.

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This course is designed as a learn at home lubrication analysis course.

If you a planning on taking a lubrication management or analysis exam, this is a perfect companion to any training you have already had or as a prep for a classroom based course. It also serves as a standalone course to increase your knowledge of lubrication analysis.

If you have already taken and passed your lubrication analysis certifications and require some continuous professional development evidence for renewing your certification this course is also an excellent option too.

The course consists of:

  • Written , pictorial and video course content
  • Exercises and tasks that can be performed in your workplace to boost your oil analysis programme to the next level.
  • Content is delivered in a variety of formats including regular quizzes, activities and flashcards to ensure the knowledge is re-inforced at every stage.
  • An optional skype session at the end of every module with the course tutor to re-cover or any content or ask questions.
  • End of course assessment with option to retake following a tutor skype revision session  if not successful on first attempt.

The full outline of the course content is listed in the syllabus tab or watch an intro video outlining why this course is for you below.


Additional information

Course Type

Online Only Course, Online + 1 day consolidation classroom training at OAL UK Training School, Online + 1 day on customer site training (UK only) – travel expenses apply

Course Syllabus

Lubrication the essentials course
If you are in somehow involved with lubrication then this course is for you. Covers everything from the basics to mastering the skills to perfect your oil analysis and lubrication management programme. People who will find this course useful include: If you are planning on taking an oil analysis course or exam, this can be an excellent prep course or revision course before the exam. If you are already an established lubrication professional and just want a refresher course or want to topup your evidence for your continous professional development for recertification. Or if you are a complete novice to oil analysis novice and want to learn more. This course takes you to master level whatever your background and keeps you up to date with the latest innovations in the industry too. If there is one course you take this year, this is it.
Module 1 Types of maintainance strategy
Types of maintenance and how they apply in various industries
Unit 1 Why do machines fail?
Unit 2 History of oil analysis
Unit 3 Costs of Failure
Unit 4 Evolution from reactive to proactive and reliability centred
Unit 5 Bonus Reading Material LOA
Module 2 Lubrication Fundamentals
Learn how oils are made, additive and, how lubricants work.
Unit 1 What is a lubricant & what is its function?
Unit 2 Lubrication theory - How lubricants lubricate.
Unit 3 Base oils
Unit 4 Oil Additives
Module 3 Selecting the right lubricant
Understanding how to select the lubricants for reliable and cost effective machinery
Unit 1 Lube selection - should I lubricate and what lubricant type?
Unit 2 Lubricant selection - Viscosity
Module 4 Lubrication Application Methods
Now you know which lubes, the next question is how to deliver them effectively.
There are no units in this module.
Module 5 Lubricant Storage
You have spent all that money on your lubricants, now what is the best way to store them to make the most of your lubes.
Unit 1 Lubricant Storage
Module 6 Monitoring and reducing contamination
Learn how to get longer lubricant life through contamination control and also how lubricants can be tested for contamination.
There are no units in this module.
Module 7 How to sample your oil
Learn the fundamentals of the most important step in the sampling process and that is taking the oil sample. A poor sample leads to poor quality information being gained from the sample.
Unit 1 Oil Sampling
Unit 2 Electronic Sample Submission
Module 8 Lubricant Tests
A roundup of some of the most common lubricant tests including routine, specialist and new oil tests.
Unit 1 Viscosity
Unit 2 Wear Elemental Analysis, PQ, Ferrous Debris & LubeWear
Module 9 Lubricant failure mechanisms, diagnostics and maintenance recommendations
This is the nitty gritty of what oil sampling is about. Learning how lubricants fail and how to diagnose faults.
Unit 1 How to read an Oil sample Report? Part 1
Unit 2 How to read an Oil sample Report? Part 2
Unit 3 How to read an Oil sample Report? Part 3
Module 10 Bonus Module 1: Wear debris analysis
Ferrography, the study of wear particles following a failure is one of the most interesting parts of oil analysis. Although only the very basics need to be known for a level 1 exam, we believe in going beyond this to give candidates a good grounding for further levels of study by explaining the principles early on.
Unit 1 Wear Types (fatigue, cutting, sliding etc)
Module 11 Bonus Module 2: Lubricant Analysis development & programme Management
This content is rarely covered in any great level 1 or 2 examinations, but since the objective of the course is to be able to build your own lube analysis programme with your partner lab the following module will help you post achieving your certifications and allow you to put fleet wide analysis into practice. Hence some of this content goes beyond the usual accrediting bodies requirements, but will be invaluable to you in the years to come as you wish to optimise your programme.
Unit 1 Developing a lubricant management and analysis programme
Unit 2 Building your case for oil analysis
Unit 3 Vibration, Thermography & Accoustic Emision
Unit 4 Revision & End of Course Assessment

About the Trainer

Adam Cutler is a well respected industry expert when it comes to oil analysis. He started his career in the laboratory, soon becoming chief diagnostian after leading the diagnosis team on specialist warranty cases. He then became technical services manager of Europes largest independent condition monitoring lab before starting his own business.

He has been responsible for the diagnosis of over 1 million samples and now delivers training on oil analysis across Europe and the Middle East. His customers that he has trained include major oil suppliers, blue chip machinery manufacturers, trade and governing bodies.

Adam now runs an industry leading portal on all things oil analysis called Learn Oil Analysis and has written a series of books on the subject. Adam’s online training course channel on YouTube have had a phenomenal 16000 students and counting.

This latest online course has been written exclusively for Oil Analysis Laboratories and is already receiving great reviews from the early uptakers of the programme. He is also adding new content regularly to improve and enhance the training programme and runs a regular weekly office hours session for all course participants to be able to ask questions whilst working through the programme.

3 reviews for Lubrication Analysis – The Essentials Course

  1. Ryan Williams (verified owner)

    I booked this with lots of expectations, the first unit felt a little bit recapping stuff I already knew and this is the dryest part of the course, so I was keen to race through to the good stuff. I know that first section is there because it is required for the ISO syllabus and that’s why it’s been added in, but for me the real interesting part was the tests and more importantly how to diagnose an oil analysis report. The ferrography stuff was the best section and I felt I learnt a lot. I have even sent off my first filter for analysis that has been having regular bypass issues as a result.
    I would say a tip to those doing it is to set aside some time to do each section, I did try to do the first section quickly and I found I had to refer back later on and do it again as I didn’t read it properly the first time.

  2. Jim Tocher (verified owner)

    I was intending to do one of the classroom versions of these courses with another lab, but taking a week out to take the course was an issue, so I thought I would try an online version. It was very reasonably priced compared to the classroom based prices my old lab was charging and I could do it at my own pace.

    I got 84% at the end, which I was pleased with and I think I will go ahead and do a classroom course now too and try get my PCN certification.

    Constructive feedback I would have liked a bit more visual elements to taking samples with a dipstick rather than just a written procedure. I spoke to the course tutor and he has since added a video specifically on this to the course which I thought was a nice personalised touch.

  3. Aimilia Smith (verified owner)

    I don’t normally give high scores on reviews. The review scoring only allows 4 or 5, so I have given the benefit of the doubt and given the 5.

    The course is a little challenging at first, but like some of the other reviewers have said you do get a lot out of it. I actually took a classroom course 3 years ago and this was a great refresher. I printed off the certificate to put in my record of continuous development.

    My 1 niggle was you can’t skip sections and have to complete one before going to another. My preference would be to be able to read in any order and then take the exam, but the site does try guide you to go in the order it suggests. However at the end it did give a chance to revisit any section which I enjoyed going in the order I wanted. I guess the site chose to do it this way because you could technically go to the end and get the certificate without the training. If you don’t mind being given the order to learn in then the course is perfect.

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