Seminars

SAE seminars are one to three-day short courses on a broad range of topics that address relevant technologies, engineering tools, and management techniques. All seminars are applications-oriented and emphasize an interactive, hands-on style to provide direct job-relevance.

Engineers teaching engineers is another key attribute of SAE Seminars. Whether they're practicing engineers, retired engineers, or university faculty, all instructors come to the classroom with content expertise, industry experience, and on-the-job know how.

You will also network with peers from leading companies in the United States and in many cases, from around the world. All courses include an extensive learning manual of slide reprints and course notes

All seminars are approved for IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and for the professional engineer, Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Certain seminars are approved for Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

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2016-06-27 ...
  • June 27-28, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the factors in the cylinder kit assembly of natural gas, gasoline, and diesel engines that affect oil consumption, ring and cylinder bore wear, and blow-by. This course includes background and the evolution of designs and materials currently employed in modern engines as well as providing an overview of computer models, designs, and material systems that can be utilized to optimize the performance of new engines. An overview of the trends in materials and designs employed in U.S., European and Japanese engines will be presented.
2016-07-12 ...
  • July 12-14, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - New Britain, Connecticut
  • July 12-14, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - West Chester, Ohio
  • July 19-21, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Norwalk, California
  • July 19-21, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - West Chester, Ohio
  • July 25-27, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Tysons, Virginia
  • July 26-28, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - New Britain, Connecticut
  • August 2-4, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - New Britain, Connecticut
  • August 9-11, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - West Chester, Ohio
  • August 23-25, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - New Britain, Connecticut
  • September 13-15, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - New Britain, Connecticut
  • September 13-15, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Saint-Hubert, Quebec
  • September 13-15, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - West Chester, Ohio
  • September 20-22, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Irving, Texas
  • October 4-6, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - New Britain, Connecticut
  • October 11-13, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Mesa, Arizona
  • October 11-13, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - West Chester, Ohio
  • October 18-20, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - West Chester, Ohio
  • October 25-27, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Miami, Florida
  • November 1-3, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Cleveland, Ohio
  • November 1-3, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - New Britain, Connecticut
  • November 8-10, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - New Britain, Connecticut
  • November 15-17, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Indianapolis, Indiana
  • November 15-17, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Norwalk, California
  • December 6-8, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - New Britain, Connecticut
  • December 13-15, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Cerritos, California
  • December 14-16, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Shanghai, China
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
**Please note that some seminars held outside of the United States are not presented in English. Please contact Ryan Shalek at 724-772-7169 or ryan.shalek@sae.org to inquire what language any non-US seminar is being held in. Europe Class Schedule Information In an effort to better serve Europe's aerospace industry, SAE International has secured the services of MCI-Group to accept registrations and manage the registration process, including being able to accept a greater variety of currencies. The MCI-Group should be your first point of contact when questions arise regarding class registrations.
2016-07-18 ...
  • July 18-20, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 16-18, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Tysons, Virginia
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
On-board diagnosis of engine and transmission systems has been mandated by government regulation for light and medium vehicles since the 1996 model year. The regulations specify many of the detailed features that on-board diagnostics must exhibit. In addition, the penalties for not meeting the requirements or providing in-field remedies can be very expensive. This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of how and why OBD systems function and the technical features that a diagnostic should have in order to ensure compliant and successful implementation.
2016-07-20 ...
  • July 20-21, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
Through informative discussions and detailed explanations, this seminar will provide a solid and fundamental understanding of gear geometry, types and arrangements, and design principles. Starting with the basic definitions of gears, conjugate motion, and the Laws of Gearing, those attending will be given the tools needed to understand the inter-relation and coordinated motion operating within gear pairs and multi-gear trains. Basic gear system design process and gear measurement and inspection techniques will also be explained.
2016-07-20 ...
  • July 20-21, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 14-15, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a systematic method for preventing failure through the discovery and mitigation of potential failure modes and their cause mechanisms. Actions are developed in a team environment and address each high: severity, occurrence or detection ranking indicated by the analysis. Completed FMEA actions result in improved product performance, reduced warranty and increased product quality.
2016-07-25 ...
  • July 25, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
It has not been commonly known that automotive exterior lights are safety devices and must comply with governmental regulations. Since the 1930s, the SAE Lighting Standards Committee has been actively working with the automotive industry OEMs, lamp makers, tier-two suppliers, and human factor experts to develop automotive lighting standards. These standards have been widely used or referenced by the U.S. federal or state governments in establishing and enforcing the lighting regulations.
2016-07-25 ...
  • July 25-27, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
The quest for more efficient, smarter, and environmentally cleaner liquid-fueled spark ignition (SI) reciprocating engines is more alive and intense now than ever before. GDI SI engines have overcome many of the original limitations and are now becoming commonplace. This seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of GDI engines.
2016-07-25 ...
  • July 25-26, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Tysons, Virginia
  • December 1-2, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
SAE International is pleased to announce that this course will also be offered in London UK at IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, SW1H9JJ during the week of June 6th through June 10th. The SAE Europe Aerospace Training Week is a series of courses designed especially for the aerospace engineer. For additional information about this course, others and to register, please visit http://sae-europe.org/aerospace-training-week-june-2016-london/#programme. The requirements for producing an FAA approved replacement part can be daunting.
2016-07-26 ...
  • July 26-27, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
Since the invention of the automobile, lighting has been an important subsystem on all ground vehicles. Automotive lighting is vital to passenger safety, comfort and vehicle styling. The technology used in automotive lighting has rapidly expanded to make the lighting more value added, safer and pleasing to customers. This seminar provides broad information about automotive lighting systems with emphasis on lighting functions, effectiveness, and technologies. The intent is to assist attendees to gain sufficient knowledge about automotive lighting and its importance in overall vehicle design and development.
2016-07-26 ...
  • July 26-27, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Tysons, Virginia
  • December 12-13, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
Project Management and Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) are two critical techniques used in product development in the mobility industry today. This seminar will bring these techniques together in an easy to understand format that goes beyond the typical concept of constructing timelines and project planning, by exploring not only the AIAG APQP process, but also specific aspects of PM processes. Students will gain a solid foundation in the essential principles of Project Management and APQP.
2016-07-26 ...
  • July 26-27, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Side impact crashes account for approximately twenty-six percent of all motor vehicle fatal crashes, second only to frontal crashes, according to a report by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA). While car companies and suppliers continue to develop new technologies that make vehicles safer, NHTSA rolled out updated safety regulations (FMVSS 214) based on new research studies, making vehicle safety design more and more complex. This seminar is designed to familiarize participants with the engineering principles behind vehicle and restraint designs for occupant safety.
2016-07-28 ...
  • July 28-29, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Tysons, Virginia
  • December 1-2, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
Note: Last day of class ends at approximately 12:30 pm In today’s highly competitive and liability minded environment, Design Reviews (DR) are a must for all major mobility industries such as Automotive, DOD, Aerospace, Agriculture, Recreation, Marine and Rail. While Design Reviews are becoming increasingly important in product liability litigation, they also serve as an effective way to transfer organizational best practices for specific concerns and issues.
2016-08-01 ...
  • August 1-2, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • December 15-16, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
Design of Experiments (DOE) is a methodology that can be effective for general problem-solving, as well as for improving or optimizing product design and manufacturing processes. Specific applications of DOE include identifying proper design dimensions and tolerances, achieving robust designs, generating predictive math models that describe physical system behavior, and determining ideal manufacturing settings. This seminar utilizes hands-on activities to help you learn the criteria for running a DOE, the requirements and pre-work necessary prior to DOE execution, and how to select the appropriate designed experiment type to run.
2016-08-02 ...
  • August 2-3, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 29-30, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
Every year, the U.S. experiences more than 32,000 traffic deaths and over 3.8 million crash injuries. While the trend in traffic deaths has been downward for the past decade, most of this reduction has been the result of optimizing passive occupant crash protection systems such as seatbelts and airbags. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) now offer the potential to significantly reduce or eliminate most vehicle crashes by perceiving a dangerous situation before the crash has occurred and taking action to avoid or mitigate the crash.
2016-08-03 ...
  • August 3-5, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • December 5-7, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Norwalk, California
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
RMS (Reliability-Maintainability-Safety-Supportability) engineering is emerging as the newest discipline in product development due to new credible, accurate, quantitative methods. Weibull Analysis is foremost among these new tools. New and advanced Weibull techniques are a significant improvement over the original Weibull approach. This workshop, originally developed by Dr. Bob Abernethy, presents special methods developed for these data problems, such as Weibayes, with actual case studies in addition to the latest techniques in SuperSMITH® Weibull for risk forecasts with renewal and optimal component replacement.
2016-08-08 ...
  • August 8-10, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 21-23, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
In today's corporate environment of shrinking budgets, required structural cost reductions, sharing of global designs/services, and pricing pressures, it is critical that engineers possess a working knowledge of engineering economics principles. To fully understand the economic viability of engineering decisions, engineers need to find the appropriate balance between design alternatives, resulting costs, and impact on their enterprise. This seminar introduces participants to the cost, finance and economic concepts and their applications to products and services.
2016-08-08 ...
  • August 8-10, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Livonia, Michigan
  • November 14-16, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Tysons, Virginia
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Providing you have a basic understanding of mechanical drawings, this course teaches the terms, rules, symbols, and concepts of GD&T as prescribed in the ASME Y14.5-2009 Standard. Utilizing the expertise of world-renowned GD&T expert Alex Krulikowski, this course offers an in-depth explanation of geometric tolerancing symbols, their tolerance zones, applicable modifiers, common applications, and limitations. The class includes a comparison of GD&T to coordinate tolerancing; Rules #1 and #2; form and orientation controls; tolerance of position; runout and profile controls.
2016-08-10 ...
  • August 10-12, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • December 12-14, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
This seminar will present an introduction to Vehicle Dynamics from a vehicle system perspective. The theory and applications are associated with the interaction and performance balance between the powertrain, brakes, steering, suspensions and wheel and tire vehicle subsystems. The role that vehicle dynamics can and should play in effective automotive chassis development and the information and technology flow from vehicle system to subsystem to piece-part is integrated into the presentation. Governing equations of motion are developed and solved for both steady and transient conditions.
2016-08-15 ...
  • August 15-16, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Plastic - any class of synthetically-produced organic compounds capable of being molded and hardened into a specific shape or form. This course is designed to offer a basic understanding of plastics and plastic processing. Using plastics can be simple, but there is much more behind producing high performance plastic parts. This seminar will walk you through the molding process, provide a comprehensive look at the variables in the manufacturing mix, and review characteristics of typical automotive plastics such as PP, PVC, ABS, and more.
2016-08-15 ...
  • August 15-17, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Rosemont, Illinois
  • December 5-7, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
In the fast paced and competitive environment of today's global economy, the work of technical professionals is often the difference between success and failure in an organization. Providing leadership for engineers is uniquely challenging, and the transition from working engineer to first-line technical supervisor is one of the most difficult career challenges that an engineer may face. First-time engineering supervisors and mid-level managers who wish to sharpen their skills and learn new techniques for guiding, coaching, and motivating working engineers, technicians, and designers will find this seminar valuable.
2016-08-15 ...
  • August 15-17, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 16-18, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
Starting with a look at the transmission's primary function -- to couple the engine to the driveline and provide torque ratios between the two -- this updated and expanded seminar covers the latest transmission systems designed to achieve the most efficient engine operation. Current designs, the components and sub-systems used, their functional modes, how they operate, and the inter-relationships will be discussed. A manual transmission display will be used to explain ratios and how they function within the driveline.
2016-08-15 ...
  • August 15-16, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Rosemont, Illinois
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
Stringent requirements of reduced NOx emission limits in the US have presented engineers and technical staff with numerous challenges. Several in-cylinder technical solutions have been developed for diesel engines to meet 2010 emission standards. These technologies have been optimized and have yielded impressive engine-out results in their ability to reduce emissions to extremely low levels. However, current and state-of-the-art in-cylinder solutions have fallen short of achieving the limits imposed on diesel emissions for 2010.
2016-08-15 ...
  • August 15-17, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Rosemont, Illinois
  • November 30-December 2, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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EDR’s are not new, but are becoming more prevalent in part due to a new federal regulation. 49 CFR, Part 563, which affects vehicles produced after September 30, 2012, will result in a standardized and publicly available EDR in 90% of new vehicles. Accident Reconstructionists frequently have trouble reconciling EDR data with other data sources, and improvements in ABS technology result in fewer tire marks visible at the scene of crashes to allow calculation of pre-crash speeds without an EDR.
2016-08-17 ...
  • August 17-18, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Rosemont, Illinois
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Engine valvetrain systems have become more capable and increasingly more compact in the quest to improve efficiency. The developments parallel the advancements in other key engine components such as fuel injection or spark systems, turbocharging, aftertreatment, base engine and controls. While the gasoline sector has seen a steady rise in the adoption of Variable Valve Actuation (VVA), Diesel systems have lagged behind and only a few systems have seen production. The level of VVA activity however in the Diesel sector is beginning to increase as tighter regulations of CO2 emissions approach.
2016-08-22 ...
  • August 22-23, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 29-30, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Product development is organizationally a complex undertaking that requires effective coordination within a company and between companies. During product development, teams are confronted with a number of ongoing organizational challenges and there is a high potential for conflict between participants in the process. This course addresses teamwork and other "soft-side" factors that largely determine whether product development programs are successfully completed on schedule. The content is relevant for both OEMs and suppliers.
2016-08-22 ...
  • August 22-23, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Livonia, Michigan
  • November 7-8, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Providing you have a basic understanding of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing fundamentals, this course teaches the advanced concepts of GD&T as prescribed in the ASME Y14.5M-1994 Standard. Utilizing the expertise of world-renowned GD&T expert Alex Krulikowski, this course offers an in-depth explanation of advanced GD&T topics like composite tolerancing, tolerance analysis, datum selection, non-rigid part dimensioning, and many more key dimensioning topics, including the system approach for part dimensioning. Newly acquired learning is reinforced throughout the class with more than 150 practice problems.
2016-08-24 ...
  • August 24-25, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • December 8-9, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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The ability to write concise and unambiguous reports, proposals, manuals, or other technical documents is a key skill for any high-functioning engineer or technical staff person in the mobility industries. Through a combination of class discussions, interactive workshop activities, assignments, checker teams (review teams) and job aids, this course delivers real-life technical writing techniques and tools that can be immediately applied. Attendees discover the importance of knowing their audiences and how to communicate technical information in a "user-friendly" style.
2016-09-12 ...
  • September 12, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Indianapolis, Indiana
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On-board diagnostics, required by governmental regulations, provide a means for reducing harmful pollutants into the environment. Since being mandated in 1996, the regulations have continued to evolve and require engineers to design systems that meet strict guidelines. This one day seminar is designed to provide an overview of the fundamental design objectives and the features needed to achieve those objectives for generic on-board diagnostics. The basic structure of an on-board diagnostic will be described along with the system definitions needed for successful implementation.
2016-09-12 ...
  • September 12-13, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Meeting the requirements of heavy-duty engine emissions regulations is a challenge for all engine manufacturers. Since the introduction of Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) in medium and heavy-duty diesel engines, these systems have become more sophisticated and tightly integrated with emission control systems. This 2-day seminar will explore the advantages and disadvantages of EGR and the most effective implementation of various EGR systems. This seminar will begin by defining EGR and why it is used in diesel engines, along with an explanation of the mechanisms by which EGR is able to reduce NOx.
2016-09-13 ...
  • September 13-15, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Societal and regulatory demands to lower emissions and increase engine-operating efficiencies have forced engine designers to adopt new technologies and control strategies. This has resulted in dramatic evolutions of the technology of internal combustion engines and their support systems in recent years. These operational management strategies have evolved into more robust control systems and sensory packages, which in turn has driven the need for more accurate and specific information being communicated between the various systems found within a modern automobile.
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