10. Feed the Brain and Train

When lubricant is the lifeblood of your equipment, good lubrication practice includes several elements. Nine of them have been discussed in the foregoing chapters. Today step 10 will be looked upon: Training and Education.

Around the world lubricant is added to machines every day. This to prevent failure and preserve the lubricant function, i.e. overcome friction. If friction is the enemy to reliability, an effective lubrication program is absolutely essential.

Educating the work force is a fundamental element of a good lubrication program. The people who lubricate the equipment need to be Machine Lubrication Technician (MLT*) trained and certified. The days when lubrication was performed by everyone and anyone are gone. 

Feed the brain and train


Level I Machinery Lubrication Technician

You will learn proven industry methods for selecting, storing, filtering and testing lubricants to boost reliability and generate lasting results in machine efficiency/maintenance.

You will also gain better understanding of oil analysis, so they can align their efforts with those of maintenance professionals or oil analysis experts.

Level II Machinery Lubrication Technician

If you have already scratched the surface of the amazing improvement and resource-saving potential in good lubrication practices, ML II will round out your perspective with excellent preventive maintenance techniques. You will learn how to identify wear patterns, degraded lubricants, and those small but significant leaks that can spell disaster over a period of time.
It is also a good idea to have at least one person certified as a Machine Lubricant Analyst (MLA). MLA certification is a step beyond or above MLT; the Analyst is trained to collect as well as analyse lubrication samples.


Level I Machine Lubricant Analyst

The Machine Lubricant Analyst/Machinery Lubrication Technician Level I course is aimed at plant or shop technicians responsible for lubricating and maintaining machinery.

Your daily activities consist of oil sampling, contamination control, handling, receiving and storing lubricants, oil changes, and basic machine condition monitoring. 

Level II Machine Lubricant Analyst

Lubricants can serve as a wellspring of info for preventive maintenance. If you want to bring the valuable benefits of on-site fluid testing to your workplace, Oil Analysis II will equip you with everything you need. You will learn what to look for when sampling/performing your own on-site oil tests – detecting harmful particle and thermal stressors that degrade lubricants before they do serious damage.

Level III Machine Lubricant Analyst

If your dream is to reach high levels of diagnostics, analysis and even program design, Oil Analysis Level III is the  most advanced course.

You will learn the more detailed aspects of fluid analysis, technologies associated with it, and even how to go a step further from simply performing on-site tests to launch a strong oil analysis program at your workplace.


The International Council for Machinery Lubrication (ICML) 

ICML is a global non-profit organisation dedicated to helping lubrication practitioners succeed in their professional careers.  ICML certification exams are in accordance with ISO 18436 and are available worldwide, in multiple languages.

ICML certificate

Make Your Lubrication Programme Visible!

Even though the vast majority of your lubrication programme will not be completed by your MLTs and MLAs, your lubrication programme will typically need to become more visible. All lubrication points should be documented, put into lubrication routes, and labelled for the correct type and amount of lubricant.

Lubrication sight glasses should be clearly labelled with a green area showing the correct level, and red areas that clearly indicate too much or too little lubricant. Lubrication points can be colour coded to match the colour of the lubrication dispenser to help make clear that the correct type of lubricant is being added.

Operator Lubrication Tasks

Operator Care and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) can be very powerful tools to help improve the reliability of your assets. The key here is to ensure that tasks are transferred at the correct level; operators should only be performing lubrication tasks on equipment they are responsible for operating and the tasks they perform should be required each day or each shift.

Those who start out with good intentions train people, transfer the tasks, and audit for a short time, but the next thing they know, three new operators who have never been trained in how to properly perform the task are running the equipment. In no time at all, there is a rash of lubrication-related equipment failures.

All who make this step be certain that you take the time to think through how you plan to manage the programme on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. Make sure to include up front how you will manage changes in personnel in terms of operators, MLTs and MLAs.


MaintWorld-Lubrication Excellence


The 10 steps to implement Lubrication Reliability™




Plan, Manage, Organise

Oil sight glass (3D BullsEye)

Identification and Inspection

Lustor on steel bund

Lube storage by cleanliness control

Oil dispensing is an art..?

Oil dispensing is an Art..?

Grease Lubrication

Grease Lubrication

Breather Z-series

Contamination Control

FanPro - Fluid analysis program

Measure Quality by oil analysis

Environmental control

Environmental control

Feed the brain and train

Feed the brain and train