ISO 18436-4 Field Lubrication Category 1

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This course covers various important topics, including maintenance strategies and the importance of lubrication, the science behind lubrication, the formulation, and properties of lubricants, and how to select and apply them. It also addresses lubricant contamination and condition control, proper storage and handling, and methods for sampling and analyzing lubricants. By completing this course, one will gain the skills and knowledge needed to effectively choose, store, filter, and test lubricants, thereby improving machine reliability.


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

32 hours
  • Maintenance Engineers
  • Reliability Engineers
  • Lubricant Analysts
  • Lubrication Engineers
  • Learn the fundamental concepts of Machinery Lubrication.
  • Learn the basics of Lubricant Analysis and result interpretation.
  • Understand the importance of Lubricant Analysis in machine reliability.
  • Learn Lubricant selection guidelines for bearings, compressors, hydraulic systems, and etc.
  • Learn how to effectively use store and dispense lubricants.
  • Prepare for Mobius Level I Field Lubrication (FL CAT I, ISO 18436-4) certification exam.

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

Required Prerequisites:

  • None

Recommended Prerequisites:

  • None

Additional Requirements:
  • Machinery Strategy
  • The science of machinery
  • Tribology, Friction
  • Wear Modes, Lubrication Regimes


  • Lubricant Construction
  • Base oils, additives, and thickeners
  • Mineral Oils, Synthetic Oils, Vegetable Based Oils
  • Grease and Solid Lubricants


  • Lubricant Performance
  • Viscosity, flash point, antioxidants, detergents, friction modifiers


  • Lubricant Selection
  • Oil vs Grease vs Solid vs Gas
  • Mineral Oils, Synthetic Oils
  • Component types- bearings, gearboxes, hydraulics, ropes, chains and Operating Viscosity


  • Lubricant Application
  • Grease and oil lubrication
  • Delivery techniques. the lube route


  • Lubricant Contamination and Condition Control
  • Sources of contamination
  • ISO 4406 cleanliness standard
  • Avoiding contamination


  • Lubricant Storage and Handling
  • Storage guidelines, lubricant dispensing


  • Lubricant Sampling and Analysis
  • Sampling practices
  • Lubricant health monitoring
  • Wear debris and wear particle analysis



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