STLE Virtual Annual Meeting Education Courses

Five education courses are being offered virtually before and after the general meeting. Each course will be offered for one week between May 3 and June 11, 2021. No courses will overlap, so for the first time, participants can attend the virtual annual meeting, trade show and sign up for any and all courses they wish to take. Course attendance is not included in the general annual meeting fee. Separate registration is required. See course schedule below.

Please Note: If you registered for any courses, participants will receive a separate email from customercare@gotowebinar.com a few days before your designated course starts, with a GoToWebinar link and password. Course handouts will also be available on the day of the course, downloadable from the GoToWebinar platform. Each course will have its own unique link and password. Please check your spam/junk folder. If you do not have the link for your specific course(s), please contact STLE at information@stle.org ASAP!

Education courses will be available for view for 90 days. Course recordings will be emails to all registered attendees after the event.

Basic Lubrication 101 (May 4-5, 2021)

Day 1 May 4, 2021 - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern Time
Day 2 May 5, 2021 - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern Time

Basic Lubrication 101 is primarily for the person 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. Basic Lubrication 101 does not require a formal scientific degree or background, although many technical terms and concepts are covered. Experienced people 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 people such as technical, technical services, sales, marketing, manufacturing, maintenance, and managers who in some way are involved in the industry.

Course Modules & Instructors:
  • Base Oils Fundamentals - presented by Yvette Trzcinski, HollyFrontier
  • Fundamentals of Lubrication - presented by Jake Finn, Petro-Canada Lubricants, Inc.
  • Synthetics - presented by Ken Hope, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
  • Additives - presented by Gabe Kirsch, The Lubrizol Corporation
  • Fundamentals of Grease - presented by David Turner, CITGO Petroleum Corporation
  • Lubrication Test - presented by Jason Papacek, Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P.

Registration deadline is Monday, May 3, 2021

Basic Lubrication 102 (May 11-12, 2021)

Day 1 May 11, 2021 - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern Time
Day 2 May 12, 2021 - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern Time


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. Basic Lubrication 102 is intended for a diverse group, including people involved in technical services, 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.

Course Modules & Instructors:
  • Gear Fundamentals - presented byt Frank Uherek, Rexnord Gear Group
  • Fundamentals of Hydraulics - presented by Nathan Knotts, Chevron
  • Seals - presented by Gareth Fish, The Lubrizol Corporation
  • Compressors - presented by Matthew Hoeffner, CPI Fluid Engineering
  • Bearings & Lubrication Systems - presented by Paul Shiller, AARDCO, LLC
  • Automatic Transmission Fluids - presented by Hamed Eksiri, Chevron
  • Engine Oils - presented by Ron LeBlanc, HollyFrontier
Registration deadline is Monday, May 10, 2021

Metalworking Fluids 105 (May 25-26, 2021)

Day 1 May 25, 2021 - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern Time
Day 2 May 26, 2021 - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern Time

Metalworking Fluids 105 is designed for those involved in developing, working with and using metalforming fluids in the manufacturing environment. This course is very useful for formulators, technical service representatives, shop floor personnel and coolant service managers who need to know more about the fundamental concepts of metalforming fluids. This course is divided into modules covering metalforming operations, metalforming fluid chemistry, metalforming fluid failure mechanisms, controlling contamination and microbial growth, waste treatment and operator acceptance. By the end of the course, participants will have gained a good understanding of metalforming operations, formulation of metalforming fluids, tools for identifying and correcting metalforming fluid failures and waste treatment of metalforming fluids. 

Course Modules & Instructors:
  • Intro to Process, Applications and Fluid/Lubrication Requirements - presented by Richard Butler, DuBois Chemicals
  • Metal Forming Lubricants Basics: Stamping and Blanking - presented by Neil Canter, Chemical Solutions
  • Metal Forming Lubricant Basics: Rolling, Heading and Wire Drawing - presented by Ted McClure, Sea-Land Chemical Company
  • Metal Forming Failure Mechanisms: Lubrication, Concentration Control, Substrate Compatibility and Filtration - presented by Neil Canter, Chemical Solutions
  • Metal Forming Fluid Failure Mechanisms: Water Quality, Corrosion, Foam, Emulsion Size, Residue and Cleaning Ability - presented by Jennifer Lunn, JTM Products Inc.
  • Controlling Contamination and Microbial Growth in Metal Forming Fluids - presented by Fred Passman, BCA, Inc.
  • Waste Treatment of Metal Forming Fluids - presented by John Burke, Independent Consultant

Registration deadline is Monday, May 24, 2021

Advanced Lubrication 301 (June 1-2, 2021)

Day 1 June 1, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern Time
Day 2 June 2, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern Time


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. 

Course Modules & Instructors:
  • Antioxidants & Rust Inhibitors - presented by  Kevin DeSantis, BASF Corporation
  • Detergents & Dispersants - presented by Anil Agiral, The Lubrizol Corporation
  • Antiwear, Extreme Pressure & Friction Modifiers - presented by Gene Scanlon, BASF Corporation
  • Rheology & Viscosity Modifiers - presented by Sona Sivakova, The Lubrizol Corporation
Registration deadline is Monday, May 31, 2021

Advanced Lubrication 302 (June 8-9, 2021)

Day 1 June 8, 2021 - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern Time
Day 2 June 9, 2021 - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern Time


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. 

Course Modules & Instructors:
  • Lubrication Regimes - presented by Brendan Miller, Chevron Oronite, LLC
  • Wear and Wear Mechanisms - presented by Ramoun Mourhatch, Chevron Oronite, LLC
  • Lubricants Failure - presented by Weixue Tian, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Co.
  • Failure Analysis: Bearings - presented by Vasilios Bakolas, Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
  • Failure Analysis: Gears presented by Tim Krantz, NASA & Stephen Berkebile, US Army Research Laboratory
  •  Failure Analysis Automotive Engines - presented by Arup Gangopadhyay, Ford Motor Company & Hamed Ghaednia, Gehring L.P.

Registration deadline is Monday, June 7, 2021