Get Started

New to STLE? Not sure what to do or where to start? Here you will find quick tips on how to get started once you've joined STLE, and point you to some great resources that you now have access to as a member. Welcome and have a look around!

  • Log in to your membership account. Your default login (if you haven’t changed it yet) will be a five-digit number and your password will be the first two letters of your last name followed by the same five-digit number. (Example John Doe – login: 11111, password: do11111). Once you log in, you can change your login and/or password to anything you’d like – just be sure to write it down. If you forget, you can click to reset it, but it will revert to the default login/password format you see above. You can contact us at the office to get that information.
  • View some of our membership webinars and/or sign up for the upcoming events. These are bi-monthly events that feature some topic relevant to your membership and are formatted in a “how-to,” to impart a lot of information in a brief amount of time, allowing you to take full advantage of your membership.
  • Get to know your staff contacts. We’re the folks you call for any questions, so if you’re interested, you can see our profiles here.
  • Meet some of your fellow members through the Featured Members area – and submit your own member story. If you remember meeting someone from a local section meeting, or you want to look up a colleague, try out our Directory Search (found once you log in and on the left hand rail). You can submit your own – just email your submission (details found on the Featured Members page) to Kara Lemar.
  • Start networking, even before meeting any other members by utilizing our social media outlets. Join our LinkedIn group and start some technical discussions – get your questions answered and answer your colleagues’ questions. Become fans of STLE on Facebook and connect with colleagues. Start following us on Twitter for new and updated information and resources. View some of our videos on YouTube to get some perspective from fellow members and companies. Visit the STLE Blog and listen to some audio interviews (podcasts), or browse all releases since mid-2010 by release date.
  • Read the latest issue of TLT, Tribology Transactions or Tribology Letters (all digital resources are free to STLE members), log in and then click on the links on the left hand rail for each publication. Or click here to view the how-to presentation given by Karl Phipps on accessing digital publications.
  • Access some free resources in the STLE Store including a few webinars and publications.
  • While you’re in the Store, explore the different categories of offerings and see if there’s something you’ve wanted, maybe a book (STLE members get a 20% discount on CRC publications!), and test out your first purchase. To get some perspective on a given book, you can peruse the book reviews that have been published in TLT and author interviews that have appeared on the blog.
  • While in the Store, you can see the webinars that will be coming up in the next month, or you can view all upcoming online education opportunities through our webinar schedule, or browse through our recordings available. These are very reasonably priced and allow you to receive immediate access to technical talks on relevant topics.
  • While we’re on the subject of education, look around at STLE University – our one-stop-shop for all your education needs. We now have online education to complement our regional courses and Annual Meeting education, so feel free to take a look around.
  • If you’re conducting a career search, try out Career Center, where you can post your resume and search for open positions.
  • Once you’ve got some experience on the job, take a look at our certification programs. We have 3 certifications – Certified Lubrication Specialist, Certified Metalworking Fluid Specialist and Oil Monitoring Analyst (Levels I & II). Click here to find a sitting near you – remember, registration closes 2 weeks prior to the exam date. To prepare for the exams, you may want to look over the body of knowledge that is associated with each, and maybe attend some education courses at STLE’s Annual Meeting or other regional courses held throughout the year to brush up on some of the topics you’ll need to know for the exam.  
  • Join your local section and attend monthly technical meetings or social events. One is a lonely number, so be sure to bring a colleague or two! Click here to see a full schedule of local section meetings. Sections typically meet from January to April, and then pick up again in September and meet until November or early December. If you don’t have a section in your area, you might consider starting one with other colleagues. Click here to find a section near you, or see the section map. Sign up for the monthly newsletter if your section has one, and stay updated on section happenings.
  • Attend a conference, whether it’s the Annual Meeting (held annually in May), or the International Joint Tribology Conference (held annually in October), this is a great way to get started and a wonderful way to meet colleagues. In addition to networking, you also get access to more than 350 technical presentations, education courses, an expansive exhibit floor, and more. You can also present a paper, or if you’re in graduate school, you can participate in the Student Poster Competition. To get an idea of what's been presented in the past, you can view the Award Winners page for both the AM and the IJTC, where we archive recorded presentations, interviews and published papers/abstracts from the meeting.
  • Keep exploring! We’re adding new items to our website and our membership offerings all the time, so be sure to come back. Also, if you don’t see something you need or would like to see offered, please let us know through our Feedback Forum.
  • Like what you see? Recommend membership to your colleagues, or participate in our Member Get A Member Campaign, which has benefits for both new members and sponsors.
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