Understanding friction, lubrication and wear

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South African Institute for Tribology

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Course Objectives: The course is designed to transfer a thorough understanding of tribology from a lubrication engineering perspective. Some twenty topics take participants through from basic chemistry, the theory of rubbing contact and friction in industrial applications, to the application of management principles, safety and the environment.

Who Should Attend? The course is aimed at maintenance personnel but will be of benefit to anyone, including engineers, concerned with the operation, maintenance, condition monitoring or management of industrial plant, machinery, transport and other lubricant related disciplines. Marketing personnel can also gain valuable knowledge from the course.

Experience: Delegates should have a good understanding of lubricants and their application. Delegates must have at least twelve months experience in the lubricant and maintenance professions.

Case Studies: Delegates are invited to bring their case studies, their problems and their questions to the course for discussion.

Course Content: Lubrication Terminology, Production of Lubricant Base Fluids, Basics of Lubrication, Properties of Oil, Additives, Greases, Synthetic Lubricants, Internal Combustion Engine Lubrication, Auto Drive Line Lubricants, Plain Bearings, Rolling Bearings, Gears & Gear Oils, Hydraulic Oils, Compressor Oils, Transformer Oils, Cutting Oils, Engine coolants, Seals, Filtration, Condition Assessment & Failures, Used Oil Analysis, Lubrication Surveys, Lubrication devices, Storage and Handling of Lubricants and Environment.

Examination: An examination will complete the course, with a certificate for successful candidates.

Proposed Lubrication Engineering Courses for 2023/24.

LE 138: 5 day

Lubrication Engineering (Advanced)

20 – 24 Feb 2023

Register nowJohannesburg
ILE 3: 1 dayIntroduction to Lubrication Engineering 8 March  2023


IWM: 1 dayIntroduction to Wear & Materials 19 April 2023 Online
LE 139: 5 dayLubrication Engineering (Advanced)22 – 26 May 2023


LE 140: 5 dayLubrication Engineering (Advanced)
19 – 23 June 2023Durban
LE 141: 5 DayLubrication Engineering (Advanced)
14 – 18 August 2023Cape Town
LE 142: 5 DayLubrication Engineering (Advanced)23-27 October 2023Johannesburg
LE 143: 5 DayLubrication Engineering (Advanced)19-23 February 2024Johannesburg

In-house courses are considered on request.

Costs for 2023/24 Courses:

Lubrication Engineering Courses
SAIT Members R19 688.00
Non-Members R22 356.00
Full-time Students: please provide proof of full-time registration at a recognized College or University R6 049.00
1-day Introductory Courses - Lube Eng and Wear & Materials
SAIT Members R7 015.00
Non-Members R8 211.00
Full-time Students: please provide proof of full-time registration at a recognized College or University R1 817.00

Applicable to ALL SAIT Training Courses:

Our courses are registered with ECSA; Introductory 1-day courses carry 0.8 CPD Credits, while the 5-day Lubrication Engineering courses carry 3.8 CPD Credits

Registration closes a week before the starting date of each course; please book early to ensure your position. Payment to the SAIT is due on receipt of invoice; registration will be confirmed when Proof of Payment or a Purchase Order Number is received.

A fee of R500 will be charged if registration is cancelled within ten days of the course. Substitute delegates are welcome.

Please note that photographs will be taken during the course and published in the SAIT Newsletter and on the SAIT Website.

Students need to send proof of full-time registration at a recognized learning institution with their registration forms.

In-house courses will be considered on request.

Contact us at either admin@sait.org.za or secretary@sait.org.za for full details and registration forms.

The SAIT is Affiliated with the American


The CLS, OMA, and CMFS Exams are available online for SAIT Members at https://www.stle.org/

One of the benefits of SAIT Private Membership is STLE Membership.


The SAIT will arrange a 2-day preparation session for the CLS exams, call the SAIT CLS Study Overview, when a viable number of delegates request this.

Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS): Although not compulsory, it is highly recommended that you first attend the SAIT five-day ‘Lubrication Engineering’ course. A distinction of 75% is a good indication of success in the CLS exam, where the standard is high, and the pass mark is 70%. The recommended books for the CLS exam are the STLE Alberta Section ‘Basic Handbook of Lubrication’ Third Edition, and/or the AIST ‘The Lubrication Engineers Manual’ Fourth Edition.

  • Oil Monitoring Analyst (OMA I and OMA II)
  • Certified Metalworking Fluids Specialist (CMFS)

A significant amount of study is required for these exams, so it is advisable that candidates make an early start. Recommended reading for all modules is on the STLE website under “Professional Development”.

You will need to be a registered, paid-up member of the SAIT, with its built-in membership of STLE, before you write these exams.

SAIT CLS Study Overview Can Be Arranged

Contact secretary@sait.org.za or admin@sait.org.za.

If you are interested in participating in a SAIT CLS Study Overview 6 months before writing the CLS Exams on-line, we will arrange it for you.

Please note that before participating in the overview, you will need to spend time on a large amount of preparatory self-study and reading. Such an Overview will only go ahead if enough people wish to attend – PLEASE CONTACT US.


This one-day SAIT course, "Introduction to Wear & Materials", presented at an introductory level, is based on selected modules from the original three day "Understanding and Managing Wear" course, and is concerned with the operation, maintenance and design of plant and equipment, with special relevance to the selection and specification of wear resistant materials, in the field of tribology.

Course Objectives: To give participants an introduction to the different wear mechanisms and a practical understanding of the range and right selection of materials available to combat wear. A short introduction into the theory is complimented by practical examples of applications.

Who Should Attend? The course is aimed at supervisors and foremen, who must be able to understand and recognise wear and related problems, but will also benefit anyone requiring an introductory understanding of the common wear processes and the materials currently used to combat wear. The course is accredited with ECSA, for one CPD point.

Course Content: Wear mechanisms such as sliding wear, abrasion, erosion, fatigue-related wear, corrosive-wear and cavitation; Wear resistant materials including ceramics, rubbers, hardmetals (tungsten carbide), polymers, ferrous and non-ferrous alloys; Case studies on wear failures. A certificate of attendance will be awarded to delegates who complete the course.

A certificate of attendance will be awarded to delegates who complete the course.

South African Institute of Tribology

Understanding lubrication, friction and wear


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