June 4-6, 2019 - Burlington, ON
 June 18-20, 2019 - Cary, NC

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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.

  • Maintenance Strategies Lubrication
  • Theory/Fundamentals
  • Lubricant Selection
  • Lubricant Application
  • Lube Storage and Management


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 $1095 USD for Cary, NC and $1795 CAD for Burlington, Ontario. 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.

Michael D. Holloway Michael D. Holloway

In April, 2014, Michael D. Holloway started 5th Order Industry as an independent content development vehicle with projects ranging from ghostwriting, technical marketing, DIY articles and learning management systems. Holloway has 30 years' experience in industry.

Hired by ALS Tribology from 2013 to 2019, he provided strategic account leadership for top accounts (branded and direct) as well as the training manager. His term at ALS included developing professional training seminar series for professional development and certification preparation for OMA, MLT, MLA, and CLS, Basic Lubrication, Advanced Lubrication, Reliability Centered Maintenance, Fuel Quality and Performance, Establishing a Lubrication Program, Developing a Lubrication Route, Basic Fluid Analysis, Advanced Fluid Analysis, Wear Debris Analysis, Using Fluid Analysis as a Value Driver, Failure Mode Effect Analysis.

Prior Experience: From 1999 to 2013, served as Director of Technical Development and Reliability, for NCH Corporation - Lubricants used in Heavy Industrial Equipment, Government GSA, Mining and Construction applications, trained and conducted Plant Surveys, Reliability Proposals, On-site Seminars, Case Studies and Cost Savings Studies, Spend Analysis and Value Recognition Reports, Reliability Audits. Prior to 1999, worked as an Applications Engineer OEM specialist for General Electric Plastics, as a Product Engineer for Rohm & Haas Electronic Chemicals, as an Aerospace Materials Product Development Engineering Chemist for WR Grace, and as a Polymer Research Chemist for Olin Chemical. Holloway served as the North Texas Section Chair for Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers as well as certification examiner for the International Council for Machinery Lubrication and an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas. He holds a US Patent: #7,241,723, Bearing Cleaning Composition and Method of Use, 2007.

Authored the following:
  • Spend Analysis and Specification Development Using Failure Interpretation, CRC Press, 2011
  • Dictionary of Industrial Terms, Wiley-Scrivener, 2012
  • Process Plant Equipment: Operation, Reliability and Control, J Wiley, 2013
  • Journal of Sustainable Energy Engineering, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Wiley-Scrivener, 2014
  • Fracking: The Operations and Environmental Consequences of Hydraulic Fracturing, Wiley-Scrivener, 2015
  • Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, Chapter on Fracking Operations, Energy Section, J Wiley, 2016
  • Environmental Aspects of Oil & Gas Production, Ch. 5, p. 62-84, Wiley-Scrivener, 2017
  • Fracking 2nd Edition: Investigations into the Environmental Consequences of Hydraulic Fracturing, Wiley-Scrivener, 2018
  • Published 142 Commissioned Articles on DIY repair projects for a Mercedes Benz 450SL including engine, transmission, and electrical repair, 2015-2017
  • Elected Academician - Full Member, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, US Section
  • Six Sigma Green Belt, Black Belt trained through General Electric Plastics
  • CLS - Certified Lubrication Specialist, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
  • OMA - Oil Monitoring Analyst, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
  • MLT - Machinery Lubrication Technician Level I & II, International Council for Machinery Lubrication
  • MLA - Machinery Lubrication Analyst Level I, II & III (ISO 18436-4, I, II, III), International Council for Machinery Lubrication
  • LLA - Laboratory Lubricant Analyst Level I (ISO 18436-5), International Council for Machinery Lubrication
  • CRL - Certified Reliability Leader, Association of Asset Management Professionals
  • University of Connecticut, Material Science, PhD Candidate, 1994-96
  • University of Massachusetts, Polymer Engineering, Masters of Science, 1990-96
  • Salve Regina College, Newport, Rhode Island, Chemistry, Bachelors of Science, 1982-86
  • Salve Regina College, Newport, Rhode Island, Philosophy, Bachelors of Arts, 1982-86