ISO 18436-4 Category I – Machine Lubricant Analyst

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As a basic training on machinery lubrication and lubricant analysis, this course covers fundamental concepts including lubricating oil, grease, lubricant storage and handing, lubricant application, filtration, and lubricant analysis. Additionally, this training prepares learners for the ICML Machine Lubricant Analyst Level I (MLA I) certification exam.

Please note that the course duration is five days, plus an additional day for a remote session.

32 hours
  • Maintenance engineers and technicians
  • Reliability engineers
  • Lubricant analysts
  • Lubrication engineers
  • Learn the fundamental concepts of Machinery Lubrication.
  • Learn the fundamental concepts of effective Oil Sampling.
  • Learn the basics of Lubricant Analysis and result interpretation.
  • Understand the importance of Analysis in machine reliability.
  • Prepare for ICML Level I Machine Lubricant Analyst: MLA I (ISO 18436-4,1) certification exam.

The exam and the associated certification are provided by ICML. Baker Hughes can provide a proctored environment for the paper or online exam.

Required Prerequisites:

  • None

Recommended Prerequisites:

  • None

Additional Requirements:
Twelve months of relevant experience
  • Maintenance Strategy


  • Lubrication Fundamentals
  • Tribology & functions of a lubricant
  • Hydrodynamic, elasto-hydrodynamic and mixed-film lubrication
  • Base oils & additives
  • Lubricating oil and its physical, chemical and performance properties
  • Grease lubrication


  • Lubricant selection
  • Viscosity, base oil type & additive system selection
  • Machine specific lubricant requirements
  • Application & environment adjustments


  • Lubricant application
  • Lubricant application methods
  • Manual vs Automatic Lubrication
  • Single point lubricators
  • Centralized lubrication systems


  • Lube storage and management
  • Lube Condition Control
  • Oil Sampling
  • Lubricant health monitoring
  • Lubricant failure mechanisms
  • Fluid properties test methods and measurements


  • Wear Debris Monitoring and Analysis


  • ICML certification exam 100 multiple-choice questions over 3 hours. A score of 70% is required to pass

Would you like more information or want to register for the course? We can help to facilitate the best training experience for you and your team with onsite, classroom, remote learning, and other options available.