STLE Annual Meeting Education Courses

The 2022 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition features 12 industry-specific education courses offered on two days of the conference: Sunday, May 15, and Wednesday, May 18. The schedule is designed to give attendees more flexibility when planning their conference attendance. All courses are fullday (start at 8 am and end at 5 pm). STLE education courses are $430 with a full meeting registration (except for the NLG Grease course which is $830), $605 for STLE members without a meeting registration, and $775 for a non-member with no meeting registration. If you have questions regarding these courses, please contact Rebecca Lintow, STLE Director of Professional Development,

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Advanced Lubrication 301: Advanced Additives
Advanced Lubrication 301 covers the molecular structures and chemistries of lubricant additive types. Additives examined will include antioxidants, rust inhibitors, detergents, dispersants, antiwear additives, extreme pressure additives, friction modifiers and rheology and viscosity modifiers. 

Basic Lubrication 101
Basic Lubrication 101 is primarily for the individual entering the lubrication field who needs a broad introduction to the field of lubrication, lubrication principles and lubricating materials. This course is also for individuals not directly involved but who need a broad overview of lubricants and basic lubricating components. This course does not require a formal scientific degree or background, although many technical terms and concepts are covered. Experienced industry professionals attend the course to be kept up to date on the latest developments, especially in those areas not directly related to their job function or area of expertise. Thus, Basic Lubrication 101 is usually attended by a broad cross section of industry professionals such as technical, technical service, sales, marketing, manufacturing, maintenance, and managers who in some way are involved in the industry. 

Metalworking Fluids 115: Metal Removal Fluids
Metalworking Fluids 115 covers the key concepts needed to better understand how metalworking fluids are prepared, used, and maintained. Students will be informed about the reasons for using metal removal fluids and their functions. The chemistry of metal removal fluids, insight into the need to control microbial contamination and the importance of adopting a health and safety program in a facility that machines metal are covered. Key topics include measures needed to understand and control metal removal fluid failure. 

NLGI Grease 101
(Presented in cooperation with NLGI)
This course is a comprehensive overview of all aspects of lubricating grease. Grease formulation components are thoroughly covered, including base oils and the many different thickener types. Manufacturing technologies are reviewed, as well as grease testing significance and methods. Included is a good discussion detailing how to select the proper grease for different applications, and a variety of examples of both industrial and automotive applications are discussed.

Synthetics 203: Non-Petroleum Fluids and Their Uses
Synthetic Fluids 203 is designed primarily for formulators and users of lubricating materials. This course provides an overview of non-petroleum-based lubricants, their comparison to each other and to petroleum oil.  Each section covers the chemistry, strength, and weaknesses of each material and basic application.

Electric Vehicles (New!)
The Electric Vehicle (EV) course provides an introduction to hardware, tribology, lubrication, thermal management, and testing related to EV. The course starts with an overview of hybrid, fully battery and fuel cell electric vehicles. It covers the driveline systems of hybrid and full electric units. The course also covers lubricant, tribology and thermal management challenges and requirements for EVs. Finally, we’ll conclude with discussion about established test methods for EV fluid evaluation.
Wednesday, May 18 

Advanced Lubrication 302: Advanced Lubrication Regimes
Advanced Lubrication 302 goes more in-depth on lubrication regimes, wear, and wear mechanisms, as well as lubricant failure analysis. This course includes a series of lubricant failure analysis case studies on automotive engines, gears, and bearings.

Automotive Lubrication 202: Gasoline
Automotive Lubrication 202 provides an overview of the engine and drivetrain systems and lubrication requirements of these systems. This course will also look at tribology testing of components within these systems and the future of tribology testing for automotive applications.

Basic Lubrication 102
Basic Lubrication 102 is an overview of equipment systems (gears, bearings, seals, compressors, and engines) and their lubrication requirements, including a module on grease. Like Basic Lubrication 101, this course does not require a formal scientific degree or background, although many technical terms and concepts related to the use of lubricants in various mechanical devices are covered. This course is intended for a diverse group, including individuals involved in technical service, sales, marketing, manufacturing, maintenance, and managers who want to know more about how lubricants work in service. This course assumes fundamental knowledge of lubricants and lubrication principles, as presented in the Basic Lubrication 101 course.

Hydraulics 101 
Course description to come 

Metalworking Fluids 240: Metalworking Fluid Formulation Concepts
This course is provided in response to many requests from attendees at STLE’s other metalworking fluid courses who asked for more specifics on formulation. The course begins with some universal formulating basics, such as experimental design, order of additions for ingredients, and considerations when scaling up from beakers to large blending tanks. Also covered will be base stocks, performance additives, emulsifier selection, HLB, qualification tests, optimization for stability, both in the drum and in use, bioresistance, microbicide selection and use, and recalcitrant functional additives. The course instructors will also discuss formulating for disposability and for global distribution. A panel discussion with all instructors will complete the course. While several example formulations will be presented throughout the sessions, this course will not provide specific ready-to-use commercial formulations.

Synthetics 204: Base Stock Selection and Applications 
Synthetic Lubricants 204 provides an introduction to synthetic lubricant base stocks and applications. It compares the use of these synthetic lubricants to petroleum-based products and compares between types of synthetic lubricants.
STLE Certification Exams
Thursday, May 19

All four STLE technical certification exams: Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS)™, Oil Monitoring Analyst I and II (OMA)™ and Certified Metalworking Fluids Specialist (CMFS)™ will be conducted concurrently on Thursday, May 19 from 9 am to noon. If you are interested in taking an exam during STLE’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Exhibition, please contact Gina Cairo at (847) 825-5536 or email

Exam Fees:
  • First exam: $450 (STLE member) | $625 (Non-member)
  • Retake exam: $225 (STLE member) | $305 (Non-member)