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Metalworking Fluid Management Certificate Course
March 10-12, 2015
The Engineering Society of Detroit
20700 Civic Center Drive, Suite 450, Southfield, Michigan
This course provides a comprehensive overview of metalworking fluids, and is led by industry-renowned experts. The course is tailored to provide you with a comprehensive look at the latest techniques and practices that are sure to improve your metalworking fluid operation.
The course gives you the opportunity to review the various operations that use metalworking fluids, explore the fundamentals of fluid and additive chemistry, analyze factors that affect the quality of metalworking fluids and the work environment, learn about the unique aspects of metalworking fluid microbiology and toxicology, and review a broad range of condition monitoring tests, learning how to use condition monitoring to manage metalworking fluids in individual sumps and large central systems.
This 2 1/2 day course features talks on a variety of subjects and allows participants to:
  • Review the various operations that use MWFs
  • Explore the fundamentals of fluid and additive chemistry
  • Analyze factors that affect the quality of MWFs and work environment
  • Learn about the unique aspects of MWF microbiology and toxicology
  • Review a broad range of condition monitoring tests
  • Improve knowledge and understanding of MWF management
  • Obtain documentation and validate expertise with an optional course exam at the conclusion of the third course day (Please note: this is different than STLE's certification exams - the CLS, CMFS, OMA I and OMA II).
  • Attend a course led by industry-renowned experts
  • View and apply the information through a variety of case studies
  • Learn content specialized to your field
  • Find solutions to common MWF problems

Intended Audience
This course was designed for those involved in developing additives for, formulating and using or maintaining metalworking fluids.

  • Metalworking fluid end users - typically maintenance engineers and those responsible for dealing with health & safety issues.
  • Metalworking fluid formulators - chemists, sales representatives and fluid maintenance engineers.
  • Metalworking fluid additive suppliers - chemists and sales representatives handling the variety of additives used in metalworking fluids.
  • Distributors of metalworking fluids - attending will enable you to provide better support to your end user customers.

Course Inclusions

With your registration, you will receive a course book/materials, lunch (two days) and breaks, STLE's White Paper: Development of Guidelines for Using & Maintaining Metalworking Fluids and other additional resources.

Past Offerings
In 2014, the course was held at the Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South, Atlanta, GA. The course will rotate among these three general locations (venues TBA), and the course will be offered again in the spring of each year. The course has previously featured instructors
Dr. Neil Canter, Dr. Fred Passman and special guest instructor, John Burke.  In addition to the course, a certification exam sitting was offered after the conclusion of the course. Registration for any of STLE's certification exams (CLS, CMFS, OMA I or OMA II) are an additional fee and not included in your course registration.  Click here for more information on our certifications, and to register for an upcoming sitting.

View 2013 Course Agenda | View 2013 Photos (also below) | Watch Course Clips: 2011-1 | 2011-2


Metalworking Fluid Resources
  • Metalworking Fluid Hot Topics Summary (AM Education Course), recorded presentation given by Neil Canter from a past Annual Meeting. The Hot Topics will be a featured technical session in the Metalworking Fluid Track.

  • Videos: Fred Passman presents two examples of course content: Video 1 | Video 2
  • Reference List for the MWF Professional: a helpful list of information sources
  • Podcasts:

Don Smolenski - Metalworking Fluid Management

Fred Passman - Microbicides and Recent EPA Actions

Neil Canter - Metalworking and Chemical Additives

Jerry Byers - Metalworking Fluid Additives - Amines and Microbicides

John Burke & Greg Foltz - UEIL Metalworking Symposium Summary

If you are unable to attend this year or did not get a chance to attend the previous offerings of this course but would like to attend future courses please email Tom Heidrich at theidrich@stle.org
for more information on upcoming certificate courses and to make suggestions on future locations and content. You can also view the Upcoming Courses page or the Events Calendar to see upcoming education opportunities (sort by Education Courses or Online Education Opportunities).

Cancellation Policy
If you cancel your registration prior to February 24 (last day to register for the course), you will receive a full refund, minus a processing fee of $80.00. If you cancel after February 24, you forfeit the entire course fee ($625/$770 for members/non-members).

Here you can see what course attendees thought about the course, the content, the instructors, and their overall course experience.

I learned more than I thought I would and I have a greater appreciation for formulators and troubleshooters in Metalworking Fluids. - Course Attendee

STLE's Metalworking Fluids Management Certificate Course is a keystone for any one involved in the business. The instructors and staff are very informed and helpful. - Tim Harris, Chrysan Industries

The course was hugely beneficial. Lots of info I didn't know I was missing. Printed material will be useful for me and other people in the lab. - Lina Nashif, Lube-Tech

The course is taught by industry veterans whose insight and experience is both enlightening and intriguing to anyone with basic knowledge of the field and seeking to further develop their skills. - Course Attendee

“Having little experience with Metalworking Fluids, this course appeared to be a great opportunity to learn about different aspects of these products, without having a lean towards one manufacturer or type of product. The presenters appeared very informed on their topics, and the case studies were a good way to help observe how to investigate different issues tied to metalworking fluids. I also appreciated the electronic copies of the presentations to have as references. I would recommend this course to people in a position such as myself, where one has some familiarity with Metalworking Fluids, but does not have intricate knowledge of them.”  -Mitchell Hunt, John Deere

"I took this course in order to increase my knowledge of the metalworking fluid market. As an additive supplier I wanted to gather insight on the issues my customers face with their own customers. What I received was my expectations and more. I not only learned problem solving for a machine shop but learned more about microbiology and ways to combat it with metalworking fluids. I thought the instructors were very knowledgeable and were able to reach a diverse audience with both basic terminology and also expanding the terminology for those who were advanced. The information presented at this course is so good, I believe I will take the course in the future to help review the topics presented and I am sure I will pick up new ideas.”  -Jason Pesek, Polartech
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