Understanding friction, lubrication and wear

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We have recently been advised by the SAIMM that our 5-day Lubrication Engineering Courses, 

as from 1 January 2021, now carries 3.8 CPD Credits.

We not be running Zoom Courses for the Remainder of 2021/22.

Please note that all our courses will depend on numbers and government regulations. 

Download the 2021/22 SAIT Courses Registration Form Here.

Course Numbers

Course Dates / Results

‘Live’ or ‘Online’


LE 129: SAIMM01469 - Completed

10-14 May 2021

9 Delegates, 2 Distinctions, 65% average, no failures



LE 130: SAIMM01470 - Completed

7-11 June 2021

5 Delegates, 3 Distinctions, 73% average, no failures



LE 131: SAIMM01471 - In Progress

26-30 July 2021

Currently in Progress.


LE 133: SAIMM01472

Download the full form here

18-22 Oct 2021



LE 134: SAIMM01473

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21-25 Feb 2022




Lubrication Engineering Courses:

SAIT Members: R18 745

Non-Members: R21 275

Students: R5 750Must give proof of registration at a recognized Learning Institution

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.

One-Day Introductory Courses on

Lubrication Engineering and

Wear and Materials

Introduction to Lubrication Engineering gives participants an introduction to the practical understanding of lubrication engineering, knowledge which would suit plant operators, buyers, lubricators, artisans and apprentices, but with sufficient detail to warrant CPD credits with ECSA. The course will also benefit anyone involved with the operation and maintenance of industrial plant and machinery, or mining, trucking, transport and other lubricant related disciplines.

Course Content: Lubrication Terminology, Source, Chemistry, Physical Characteristics, Additives, Fundamentals of Lubrication, Greases, Plain Bearings, Rolling Bearings, Gears, Hydraulics, Compressors, IC Engines, Oil Analysis & Condition Monitoring, Storage & Handling, Filtration and Synthetics.

Introduction to Wear and Materials gives 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. 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 0.8 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.

If you wish to attend one of our 1-day Introductory Courses, email us at secretary@sait.org.za or admin@sait.org.za.

A certificate of attendance will be awarded to delegates who complete each course. Delegates will also earn 0.8 CPD Credits, as the courses are registered with ECSA.


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. Please contact Isabel at secretary@sait.org.za or Berice at admin@sait.org.za.

  • 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 Isabel at secretary@sait.org.za,

or Berice at 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 at either secretary@sait.org.za or admin@sait.org.za

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Understanding lubrication, friction and wear


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