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Machinery Lubricant Analyst (MLA) General Information

Level I Machinery Lubricant Analyst
Purpose The purpose for the Level I Machinery Lubricant Analyst (MLA) certification is to verify that technicians practicing in the field of lube oil analysis, as it is applied to machinery condition monitoring and maintenance, are qualified to perform the following tasks: • • • • • • Install sampling hardware such that a representative sample may be efficiently and repeatedly extracted from mechanical systems commonly found in industrial and fleet applications. Effectively extract representative samples from typical industrial machinery, and prepare them for analysis. Employ basic oil analysis techniques to identify and troubleshoot conditions of wrong or degraded lubricant, and devise and implement corrective actions. Employ basic oil analysis to identify and troubleshoot contaminated lubricant conditions, and devise and implement corrective actions. Employ basic oil analysis techniques to identify and troubleshoot abnormal machine wear conditions, and devise and implement corrective actions. Inspect and receive new oil deliveries.

Common job titles for the individual who would become Level I MLA certified include Oiler, Lube Technician, Lubricator, PM or PDM Technician, Millwright, Mechanic, Reliability Technician, etc. Generally, this individual has regular contact with the machine and has routine influence over the condition of lubricants and hydraulic fluids in use. The individual is likely to be directly involved in oil sampling and troubleshooting routine problems identified by lab test results and field lubricant inspections. As such a basic understanding of lubrication, oil analysis tests, oil analysis terminology, and data interpretation are required.

Level I MLA Certification Requirements
To become certified, an individual must meet the following requirements: • Education and/or Experience - Candidates must have at least two years of on-the-job training or education (post-secondary) in one or more of the following fields/trades: engineering, mechanical maintenance, maintenance trades, lubrication, oil analysis and/or condition monitoring (mechanical machinery). Training - Candidate must have received at least 16 hours of documented formal training in oil analysis for machine condition monitoring. ICML does not require, recommend, endorse or authorize any specific training course as official or approved. It is the responsibility of each candidate to research the training options available in his/her area and make a decision as to the training provider of his/her choice. ICML recommends the outline of the course of choice be compared to the exam's Body of Knowledge. It is in the person's best interest and their responsibility as an ICML candidate to ensure they are being trained in the same subject areas in which they will be tested. ICML's Bodies of Knowledge are of

lubrication or equipment maintenance or management. In the United States and certain other countries. • Examination . Contact ICML about the availability of the exam in other languages. Points may be claimed using the following criteria: Category Training Points 1 point per day Maximum 10 points Documentation Proof of attendance (certificate. Points earned before or after the certification period will not be accepted. A score of 70% is required to pass the examination and achieve certification. badge or letter from conference organizer in its letterhead) and copy of program Employment Article Publication Conference Attendance 4 points per year 2 points per article 12 points 6 points 1 point per conference day 6 points Criteria of Acceptability • Employment . Points may be applied to multiple ICML certifications held by the individual. 100-question multiple choice examination that evaluates the candidate's knowledge of the topic. magazine or journal in which it was published Proof of attendance (certificate.public domain and can be utilized by companies in the development of courses. with title of signer shown Copy of article and table of contents of the book. The purpose for re-certification is to ensure that certified individuals keep their skills current and up to date. lubrication or other topics important to effective equipment maintenance and management will be accepted. magazines. To re-certify by points.Articles published in journals. . the exam is conducted in the English language only. as well as by any prospective candidate for evaluating the appropriateness of chosen training. • Conference Attendance . • Article Publication . Previously certified individuals may re-certify by correctly answering 70% of a re-certification exam (50-question multiple choice examination).Conference topics related to oil analysis. in company letterhead. All points must be earned during the time the certification is in effect. proceedings. lubrication or other topics important to effective equipment maintenance and management will be accepted. Candidates have three hours to complete the closed-book examination. Candidates must obtain sufficient re-certification points and submit a completed application to ICML within six months after the expiration of certification (see below for detailed discussion of the re-certification points system). badge or letter from training company in its letterhead) and a copy of the course outline Letter from employer.Each candidate must successfully pass a written. • Training . • Re-certify by examination. books or proceedings should be related to a topic within the body of knowledge for oil analysis. assuming that the points are applicable and approved for each individual re-certification. individuals must accumulate 15 re-certification points over the three-year period. Re-certification points system Individuals certified as Level I Machinery Lubricant Analysts (MLAs) must re-certify their competency every three years. An application for re-certification must be received within six months after expiration of one's certification in order to re-certify by points.Employment must be in a field related to industrial lubrication and/or oil analysis. Level I MLA Re-Certification Certification is valid for three years from the date of issue. Re-certification may be achieved by one of the following two methods: • Re-certify by points.Training topics related to oil analysis.

Functions 2. Sampling methods 1. Lubrication regimes 1. Lubricant health monitoring (20%) A. Additive functions 1. I. Oxidative degradation a) The oxidation process b) Causes of oxidation c) Effects of oxidative degradation 2. References from which exam questions were derived can be found in the Domain of Knowledge below. Engines 3. Sampling frequency 2. Sampling process management 1. Objectives for lube oil sampling B. Bulk oil active additives and their functions C. Managing interference 1. Fundamental aspects of Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) B. Pressurized systems . Synthetic lubricants 1.Low 3. Oil Sampling (30%) A. Additive depletion/degradation a) Additive depletion mechanisms b) Additives at risk for depletion/degradation by the various mechanisms. Boundary II. Elasto-hydrodynamic 3. Surface active additives and their functions 2. . Fundamental aspects of Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) 1. Conditions dictating their use D. Flushing 3. Proactive maintenance strategies III. Sampling procedures 3. Thermal degradation a) The thermal failure process b) Causes of thermal failure c) Effects of thermal degradation 3. Sample processing IV. Hydrodynamic 2. Machine conditions appropriate for sampling E. Properties B. Gearboxes with circulating systems 2. Synthetic lubricant types 2. ring and collar lubricated systems C. Single and multi-component circulating oil systems with separate reservoirs 4. Lubricant failure mechanisms 1. Equipment specific sampling: 1.High D. Bottle cleanliness and management 2.Level I MLA Body of Knowledge The Level I MLA Body of Knowledge is an outline of concepts that one should have in order to pass the exam. Oil Analysis Maintenance Strategies (5%) A. Pressurized systems . Hydraulic systems 5. Non-pressurized systems 2. Base oil 1. Predictive maintenance strategies 2. Lubricant roles and functions (5%) A. Splash.

Testing for wrong or mixed lubricants 1. Techniques for controlling air contamination VI. Effects on the machine 2. Effects on the lubricant 3. Absolute (Dynamic) Viscosity (ASTM D2893) 3. Base Number (ASTM D974 et al) 6. Effects on the machine 2. Fuel contamination (fuel dilution in oil) 1. Methods and units for measuring moisture contamination 5. Methods and units for measuring fuel contamination 4. Viscosity Index (ASTM D2270) 4. Corrosive wear .B. Methods and units for measuring glycol contamination 4. Techniques for controlling soot contamination E. Effects on the machine 2. Methods and units for measuring particle contamination 4. Effects on the lubricant 3. States of coexistence 4. Techniques for controlling glycol contamination D. Techniques for controlling moisture contamination C. Soot contamination 1. Effects on the lubricant 3. Techniques for controlling particle contamination B. Surface fatigue (contact fatigue) a) Two-body b) Three-body 3. Techniques for controlling fuel contamination F. Effects on the machine 2. Lubricant contamination measurement and control (25%) A. Moisture contamination 1. Adhesive wear 4. Effects on the lubricant 3. Effects on the lubricant 3. Abrasive wear a) Two-body b) Three-body 2. Particle contamination 1. Atomic Emission Spectroscopy V. Rotating Pressure Vessel Oxidation Test (ASTMD2272) 8. Acid Number (ASTM D974 et al) 5. Common wear mechanisms 1. Baselining physical and chemical properties tests 2. Effects on the machine 2. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) analysis 7. Wear Debris Monitoring and Analysis (15%) A. Air contamination (air in oil) 1. Kinematic Viscosity (ASTM D445) 2. Fluid properties test methods and measurement units 1. Methods for assessing air contamination a) Air release characteristics (ASTM D3427) b) Foam stability characteristics (ASTM D892) 5. Additive discrepancies C. Methods and units for measuring soot contamination 4. Demulsibility measurement 6. Effects on the machine 2. Glycol coolant contamination 1. States of coexistence 4. Effects on the lubricant 3.

Although the fee is not refundable. Oklahoma. Essex. Denis. Paris. Cavitation wear B. OK. Standard Practice of In-Service Monitoring of Mineral Turbine Oils for Steam and Gas Turbines. B. J Briant and J. Filtergram preparation 3. Hunt (1999) Wear Debris Analysis. VA.. Stillwater.5. Fitch. J. What score is required to pass an exam? 70% correct answers. USA. and J. Toms. any candidate that does not take the applied for exam can reschedule the same for a period of one year.. (1998) Machinery Oil Analysis. FES. and T. Bloch. Oxford. Coastal Skills Training. Magnetism effects 5. USA. (1993) Handbook of Wear Debris Analysis and Particle Detection in Liquids. Elsevier Science Publishers. Fitch (1999) Oil Analysis Basics. Detecting abnormal wear 1. UK.. American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D 4378-92. Suite 443F – Tulsa. New – info@lubecouncil. Troyer. Basic morphological analysis Domain of Knowledge Roylance. OK 74105 – (918) 742-2950 – Fax 742-2075 www. L. UK. Standard Practice for In-Service Monitoring of Lubricating Oil for Auxiliary Power Plant Equipment. Inc. D. 3015 E. Marcel Dekker. These references can be purchased from the following organizations: Amazon. Inc. (1992) Proactive Maintenance for Mechanical Systems. Editions TECHNIP. (2000) Practical Lubrication for Industrial Facilities. Wear debris analysis 1. American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D 6224-98. Ferrogram preparation 2. Copyright 2003 • International Council for Machinery Lubrication . Atomic emission spectroscopy methods a) Inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectroscopy b) Arc-spark emission spectroscopy 2. Wear particle density measurement C. H. USA. What is the cost of the exam? The application fee is $200.Com ASTM Barnes and Noble Noria Corporation Frequently Asked Questions • • • • How many questions are on the exams? All ICML examination have 100 multiple choice questions. T. Noria Publishing.lubecouncil. Tulsa. Skelly Drive. LTD. Hipeaux (1997) Lubricant Properties Analysis & Testing. How long do I have to complete the exams? You have three hours to complete the exam.. USA. Heat treatment 6. Hunt. Virginia Beach. Coxmoor Publishing. Light effects 4. E.