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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2015-07-07 ...
  • July 7-9, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - New Britain, Connecticut
  • July 14-16, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - West Chester, Ohio
  • July 21-23, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Warrendale, Pennsylvania
  • August 4-6, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - New Britain, Connecticut
  • August 10-12, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - West Chester, Ohio
  • August 18-20, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • August 25-27, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Norwalk, California
  • September 1-3, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - New Britain, Connecticut
  • September 9-11, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - West Chester, Ohio
  • September 15-17, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Saint-Hubert, Quebec
  • September 15-17, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Warrendale, Pennsylvania
  • September 22-24, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Seattle, Washington
  • October 6-8, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - New Britain, Connecticut
  • October 13-15, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - West Chester, Ohio
  • October 20-22, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • October 27-29, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Norwalk, California
  • November 3-5, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - New Britain, Connecticut
  • November 10-12, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Saint-Hubert, Quebec
  • November 10-12, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - West Chester, Ohio
  • November 17-19, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Warrendale, Pennsylvania
  • December 1-3, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - New Britain, Connecticut
  • December 8-10, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - West Chester, Ohio
  • December 15-17, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Class locations and dates for Europe are being finalized. Please email your inquiries to richard.demary@sae.org. In the aerospace industry, supplier self-release is a process whereby a supplier has been provided the authority to act on behalf of a delegating organization to verify and release products without additional oversight from that delegating organization. Currently, each of these delegating organizations manages and conducts a unique training program for individuals responsible for their self-release overcheck process.
2015-07-20 ...
  • July 20-21, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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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.
2015-07-20 ...
  • July 20-21, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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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.
2015-07-27 ...
  • July 27-28, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:31 p.m.) - Warrendale, Pennsylvania
  • September 24-25, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Seattle, Washington
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The September offering of this seminar will be conducted at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel and held in conjunction with the SAE 2015 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition. Register for this offering and you can register to attend the SAE 2015 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition for 25% off the classic member event rate.
2015-07-27 ...
  • July 27-29, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 9-11, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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The need to control emissions and maintain fuel economy is driving the use of advanced turbocharging technology in both diesel and gasoline engines. As the use of diesel engines in passenger car gasoline and diesel engines increases, a greater focus on advanced turbocharging technology is emerging in an effort to reap the benefits obtained from turbocharging and engine downsizing. This seminar covers the basic concepts of turbocharging of gasoline and diesel engines (light and heavy duty), including turbocharger matching and charge air and EGR cooling, as well as associated controls.
2015-07-28 ...
  • July 28-29, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Warrendale, Pennsylvania
  • December 7-8, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Norwalk, California
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The task of certifying an aircraft or part can be overwhelming given the lengthy process and the many steps that are required. Understanding the process can greatly enhance the outcome and reduce unnecessary delays or frustrations. This course will provide an overview of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) organizational structure, its policies, guidelines and requirements leading to Type and Supplemental Type airworthiness approvals. It will also cover the rule-making process and rules applicable to aircraft parts and products.
2015-07-29 ...
  • July 29-31, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 18-20, 2015 (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.
2015-08-03 ...
  • August 3-4, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Lubricating fluids are the lifeblood of modern engines, performing numerous vital functions from reducing system friction, temperature, and fuel consumption to minimizing tailpipe emissions. This comprehensive seminar covers the latest developments in lubricating fluids technologies and explores the relationships between lubricating fluids and emissions, after-treatment devices, bio-fuels, and fuel economy. Fundamentals of crankcase lubrication, including the properties and performance requirements of global base stocks and lubricants will be covered.
2015-08-05 ...
  • August 5, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Tysons, Virginia
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Counterfeit electronic parts have been found in almost every sector of the electronics industry and continue to be an increasing threat to electronic hardware. This threat poses significant performance, reliability and safety risks. Aerospace industry organizations, in particular, must produce and continually improve safe and reliable products that meet or exceed customer and regulatory authority requirements.
2015-08-06 ...
  • August 6, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Tysons, Virginia
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Design reviews are required for ISO 9001:2000 compliance and compatible automotive and aerospace specifications. They are becoming increasingly important in product liability litigation and are accepted as a cost-effective best practice and an effective application of knowledge management, valuable for accelerating the maturity of new products. This seminar describes how formal design reviews can improve products by uncovering potential problems before they are discovered at a later stage of development or application, when the costs of correction are much higher.
2015-08-10 ...
  • August 10-11, 2015 (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.
2015-08-10 ...
  • August 10-12, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • December 8-10, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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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.
2015-08-10 ...
  • August 10-12, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • December 9-11, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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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.
2015-08-17 ...
  • August 17, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Rosemont, Illinois
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This seminar provides an introduction to several critical aspects of heavy truck dynamics. The comprehensive presentation and discussion will begin with the mechanics and dynamics of heavy truck tires, followed by steering dynamics, and finally moves participants into suspension kinematics and dynamics. Starting at the ground and moving up, this seminar explores the important dynamic aspects of each subsystem and how each is related to the overall truck dynamics.
2015-08-17 ...
  • August 17-18, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Rosemont, Illinois
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Note: Last day of class ends at approximately 1:00 pm In the past few decades, product liability law has dramatically changed the manufacturer's outlook in the design and manufacture of product. The concept of safety and reliability has been altered from a purely engineering/manufacturing concept to a legal/manufacturing approach. This new approach requires an understanding of legal concepts as related to the manufacturing and design process. The engineer's role has shifted to include a safety audit analysis to minimize the existence of a product defect and/or to defend the product in a way that is responsive to the legal concerns.
2015-08-18 ...
  • August 18-19, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Rosemont, Illinois
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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.
2015-08-18 ...
  • August 18-19, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 2-3, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Improving vehicular fuel efficiency is of paramount importance to the global economy. Governmental regulations, climate change and associated health concerns, as well as the drive towards energy independence, have created a technical need to achieve greater fuel efficiency. While vehicle manufacturers are focusing efforts on improved combustion strategies, smaller displacement engines, weight reduction, low friction surfaces, etc., the research involved in developing fuel efficient engine oils has been less publicized.
2015-08-19 ...
  • August 19-20, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Rosemont, Illinois
  • November 23-24, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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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.
2015-08-20 ...
  • August 20-21, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • October 14-15, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Norwalk, California
  • December 15-16, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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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.
2015-08-24 ...
  • August 24-25, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • December 8-9, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Norwalk, California
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As diesel engines become more popular, a fundamental knowledge of diesel technology is critical for anyone involved in the diesel engine support industry. This course will explain the fundamental technology of diesel engines starting with a short but thorough introduction of the diesel combustion cycle, and continue with aspects of engine design, emission control design, and more. An overview of developing technologies for the future with a comprehensive section on exhaust aftertreatment is also included. The text, Diesel Emissions and Their Control, authored by Magdi Khair and W. Addy Majewski is included with the seminar.
2015-08-24 ...
  • August 24-25, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 2-3, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Shanghai, China
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Improved understanding and control of ignition and thereby combustion are critical in dealing with the problems of pollutants formation, engine performance, and fuel economy. This seminar will provide you with basic knowledge and recent advances in combustion-initiation (ignition) issues to more intelligently evaluate and harness their potentials. Thermodynamic and fluid mechanical properties of the unburned charge near the spark plug and at the time of ignition strongly affect the quality of the combustion and therefore the emission of the pollutants from the engine. Furthermore, a weak ignition limits engine performance and drivability.
2015-08-27 ...
  • August 27-28, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • December 1-2, 2015 (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.
2015-08-31 ...
  • August 31, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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This information-packed seminar focuses on the intricacies of patents, patent infringement litigation and patent licensing. Attendees will explore the important subjects of obtaining U.S. and foreign patents, maintaining U.S. and foreign patent rights, enforcing patent rights, defending against patent rights asserted by competitors, and licensing patent rights for revenue. After this seminar, you will effectively understand patents and ways to protect your company's valuable inventions. Your new knowledge will help your company maintain and enhance its position in the marketplace.
2015-09-03 ...
  • September 3-4, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Shanghai, China
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This seminar is presented in Mandarin Chinese. The course materials are bilingual (English and Chinese). Developing environmentally cleaner and more fuel efficient vehicles is transforming the automotive industry worldwide, particularly in China with its emphasis on new energy vehicles. There are many engineering challenges that must be addressed in designing effective new energy vehicles. The technical knowledge required to understand and make the right decisions with regard to powertrain architecture, powertrain controls, and energy management strategies is critical to success in this market.
2015-09-09 ...
  • September 9-11, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • December 7-9, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Norwalk, California
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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.
2015-09-09 ...
  • September 9-10, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Understanding the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) requirements, processes, and product development lifecycle allows for more effective new product engineering and development within the DoD marketplace. In addition, understanding how industry can apply currently available commercial vehicle technologies as a platform to meet current and future DoD needs may become an important factor in reducing costs and conforming to DoD budget constraints. The overall objective of this two day seminar is to establish a working knowledge of the military tactical vehicle product development process.
2015-09-10 ...
  • September 10-11, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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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.
2015-09-10 ...
  • September 10-11, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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The Controller Area Network has become the standard of choice for most automotive manufacturers. Approved for use as an ISO and EPA diagnostic network, its usage continues to grow. This seminar covers the theory and use of the CAN protocol, and its applications in the automotive industry. Details on how the CAN protocol and other standards (J2411, J2284, J1939, ISO 11898, etc.) complement each other will be presented. Attendees will learn about CAN application layers; the latest J1939, J2284, J2411, and IDB standards, regulations, and implementation requirements; and details of device hardware and software interfaces.
2015-09-14 ...
  • September 14-15, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Heat transfer affects the performance, emissions and durability of the engine as well as the design, packaging, material choice and fatigue life of vehicle components. This course covers the broad range of heat transfer considerations that arise during the design and development of the engine and the vehicle with a primary focus on computational models and experimental validation covering the flow of heat from its origin in the engine cylinders and its transfer via multiple paths through engine components.
2015-09-14 ...
  • September 14-17, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Greenville, South Carolina
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                                                                 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.
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