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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2016-06-06 ...
  • June 6-8, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
Understanding vehicle dynamics is one of the critical issues in the design of all vehicles, including heavy trucks. This seminar provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of heavy truck dynamics. It covers all of the critical subsystems that must be considered by designers and decision makers in determining the effect of various components on heavy truck dynamics. This seminar begins where the tires meet the ground, progressing up through the various components and bringing together the theory and practice of heavy truck dynamics.
2016-06-06 ...
  • June 6-7, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Norwalk, California
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
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.
2016-06-07 ...
  • June 7-9, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - New Britain, Connecticut
  • June 14-16, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - New Britain, Connecticut
  • June 14-16, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Norwalk, California
  • June 14-16, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - West Chester, Ohio
  • June 21-23, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • 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 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 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 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 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.
2016-06-08 ...
  • June 8-9, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Norwalk, California
  • October 18-19, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Livonia, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
Providing you have an understanding of GD&T fundamentals, this course teaches the thought processes involved in assigning GD&T to components. It will change the way many engineers think about part tolerancing. Utilizing the expertise of world-renowned GD&T expert Alex Krulikowski, the course focuses on what constitutes good and poor drawing practices, common dimensioning methods used in industry, using GD&T to communicate system functions on component dimensions, and the logic of how to apply GD&T to components.
2016-06-08 ...
  • June 8, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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The influx of different hybrid and electric vehicle configurations has brought about unique NVH challenges from a variety of sources. NVH refinement is an important aspect of powertrain development and the vehicle integration process. While developing the NVH behavior of the vehicle is critical to satisfy customer expectations, it is also important to consider the influence of reduced exterior noise levels on pedestrian safety.
2016-06-09 ...
  • June 9, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
The vehicle-terrain interaction in an off-road environment creates unique challenges for designers of both wheeled and tracked off-road vehicles. Not only should vehicle designers have a working knowledge of the fundamentals of on-road vehicle dynamics, they should also have the specialized knowledge of the vehicle dynamic characteristics found in construction, agriculture, and military off-road vehicles. This one-day seminar concentrates on the basics of off-highway trucks and the differences with their on-highway counterparts.
2016-06-13 ...
  • June 13, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
The principal functions of the pneumatic tire are to generate driving, braking, and cornering forces while safely carrying the vehicle load and providing adequate levels of ride comfort. This seminar explains how tire forces and moments are generated under different operating and service conditions and, in turn, demonstrates how these forces and moments influence various vehicle responses such as braking, handling, ride, and high-speed performance. The content focuses on the fundamentals of tire behavior in automobiles, trucks, and farm tractors, but also includes experimental and empirical results, when necessary.
2016-06-14 ...
  • June 14, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
One of the most important safety critical components on cars, trucks, and aircraft is the pneumatic tire. Vehicle tires primarily control stopping distances on wet and dry roads or runways and strongly influence over-steer/under-steer behavior in handling maneuvers of cars and trucks. The inflated tire-wheel assembly also acts as a pressure vessel that releases a large amount of energy when catastrophically deflated. The tire can also serve as a fulcrum, both directly and indirectly, in contributing to vehicle rollover. This seminar covers these facets of tire safety phenomena.
2016-06-14 ...
  • June 14, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
Effective decision making is critical to maximizing profit/minimizing expenses, return on capital spending, and operational efficiency. To understand the impact of decisions that affect the enterprise, professionals at every level must secure and integrate relevant cross-functional information. Register for this seminar and learn skills needed to base decision making on solid business knowledge and sound financial principles instead of on emotion or "your gut." The instructor walks you through the tenets of structured decision-making and teaches a step-by-step approach to make practical, effective decisions.
2016-06-21 ...
  • June 21-22, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Shanghai, China
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. ARP4754A substantially revises the industry guidance for the development of aircraft and aircraft systems while taking into account the overall aircraft operating environment and functions.
2016-06-22 ...
  • June 22-24, 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 Electric and hybrid vehicles are still relatively new products and are undergoing developmental refinements as the technology moves towards maturity. There are challenges related to the fundamentals of the technologies, the availability of various materials and sub-systems, cost targets and customer demands. The technology is complex and multi-disciplinary involving system integration of diverse components. This course will cover the interdisciplinary aspects of electric and hybrid vehicles where engineers of various disciplines have to work together to develop the system.
2016-06-23 ...
  • June 23-24, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Shanghai, China
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. ARP4761 describes guidelines and methods for performing safety assessments.
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.
2016-06-27 ...
  • June 27-28, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
Note: Last day of class ends at approximately 1:00 pm According to the Federal Rules of Evidence, an expert witness is anyone who can assist the trier of fact (the jury) in understanding any issue in dispute at trial. The witness' ability to give this assistance can be derived from any specialized training, education, background, or experience. To be effective in providing this assistance, however, requires that the expert witness understand the true role that he or she is to play both before and at the trial.
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 25-27, 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, 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 25-26, 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
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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
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
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
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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
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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
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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
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
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.
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