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Machine Lubricant Analyst - MLA (ISO 18436-4) - Level I - Targets in-plant technicians responsible for the daily activities associate with lubrication tasks and basic lubricant analysis for machine condition monitoring, including, oil changes, top-ups, greasing bearings, lubricant receiving and proper storage and care of lubricants; dispensing devices and basic oil sampling, contamination control and problem detection.

Machinery Lubrication Technician - MLT (ISO 18436-4) - Level I - Targets in-plant technicians responsible for daily lubrication tasks, including oil changes, topups, greasing bearings, lubricant receiving and proper storage and care of lubricants and dispensing devices.

MLA/MLT1 - Machine Lubricant Analyst / Machinery Lubrication Technician (4-DAY)


Lubrigard is hosting AMRRI's 4-day course that covers both the MLTI and MLAI body of knowledge in accordance to ISO 18436-4. This course provides the foundational training for reliability-centered machine lubrication work practices AND oil-sample based condition assessment. 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 optional MLT I or MLA I exam is administered on the Friday morning at the training site and is proctored by the ICML. Registration for either or both exams can be done through ICML at or call (918)-259-2950. A supplemental exam can be administered at later date to gain both certifications if you don't want to take both exams on the same day.

  • Maintenance Strategies
    • Why machines fail
    • The impact of poor maintenance on company profits
    • The role of effective lubrication in failure avoidance
  • Lubrication
    • Base-oils
    • Additives and their functions
    • Oil lubricant physical, chemical and performance properties and classifications
    • Grease lubrication
  • Theory/Fundamentals
    • Functions of a lubricant
    • Hydrodynamic lubrication (sliding friction)
    • Elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication (rolling friction)
    • Mixed-film lubrication
  • Lubricant Selection
    • Viscosity selection
    • Base-oil type selection
    • Additive system selection
    • Machine specific lubricant requirements
    • Application and environment related adjustments
  • Lubricant Application
    • Basic calculations for determining required lubricant volume
    • Basic calculations to determine re-lube and change frequencies
    • When to select oil; when to select grease
    • Effective use of manual delivery techniques
    • Automatic delivery systems
  • Lube Storage and Management
    • Lubricant receiving procedures
    • Proper storage and inventory management
    • Lube storage containers
    • Proper storage of grease-guns and other lube application devices
    • Maintenance of automatic grease systems
    • Health and safety assurance

On the 5th day (Friday) there will be a scheduled MLA/MLT certification exam. You can read about the MLA/MLT certification on the ICML website:

The cost of the 4 day course is $1695 CAD. The cost of the exam is $275 USD. Attendees wishing to take the exam must register directly with ICML. Register for an exam with ICML.
AMRRI was founded in 2006 to assist manufacturers interested in improving machine performance and productivity. AMRRI uses a detailed program that assesses, plans, develops, implements and monitors a plant's lubrication practices, all designed to increase machine productivity. AMRRI's team of experienced and knowledgeable lubrication engineers utilize their hard-earned expertise to build lubrication programs that address the client's real needs.

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Mike Johnson has 25+ years of practical experience in the field of industrial lubrication and equipment reliability management. He has assisted in developing reliability improvement strategies and implementing reliability centered machine lubrication programs for many well-known multinational manufacturers, including Cargill, International Paper, Ford Motors, Goodyear, General Mills, Saturn, Southdown, Chemetals, Arcadian Group, Diesel Recon, and many others. Mike has an extensive background in theoretical and practical tribology and uses this knowledge assisting organizations that want to improve machine reliability through training, in-plant coaching, failure analysis, and through advice and support in developing standards for precision lubrication practices.