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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2017-12-04 ...
  • December 4-6, 2017 (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.
2017-12-04 ...
  • December 4-5, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • February 21-22, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • April 9-10, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, Michigan
  • August 22-23, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • December 6-7, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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The design and development of vehicle suspensions significantly influences vehicle handling and ride comfort. Suspension system design excellence follows the basic laws of physics using design synthesis techniques, a methodical process for suspension geometry development. Suspension geometry is the foundation of vehicle performance from which high-confidence suspension components and tunings can be developed. Suspension component design continues to move toward mass and cost efficient designs with high levels of stiffness being essential to achieving design requirements.
2017-12-04 ...
  • December 4-5, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Puyallup, Washington
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The requirements for producing an FAA approved replacement part can be daunting. Understanding the steps required in the FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) process can greatly streamline the approval life-cycle and reduce unnecessary costs and delays, thereby shortening the time and cost to market. This course is designed for those organizations and individuals interested in designing and manufacturing replacement parts for civil aviation aircraft. This two-day course covers the crucial subjects and steps of the FAA-PMA approval process.
2017-12-04 ...
  • December 4-6, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • August 15-17, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • December 10-12, 2018 (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.
2017-12-05 ...
  • December 5-7, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Phoenix, Arizona
  • April 23-25, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - El Segundo, California
  • August 6-8, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Herndon, Virginia
  • November 5-7, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Phoenix, Arizona
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Crash reconstruction utilizes principles of physics and empirical data to analyze the physical, electronic, video, audio, and testimonial evidence from a crash to determine how and why the crash occurred. This course will cover basic principles and approaches to accident reconstruction (breaking the analysis down into phases, for instance). Methods of evidence documentation will be covered.
2017-12-06 ...
  • December 6-8, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • April 11-13, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, Michigan
  • August 6-8, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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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.
2017-12-07 ...
  • December 7-8, 2017 (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.
2017-12-11 ...
  • December 11-13, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • April 4-6, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • August 27-29, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • December 10-12, 2018 (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.
2017-12-12 ...
  • December 12-13, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Puyallup, Washington
  • March 5-6, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Durham, North Carolina
  • June 18-19, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Warrendale, Pennsylvania
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Individuals responsible for quality management system, implementation, and transition to the AS9100:2016 series of standards for Aviation, Space, and Defense will require an understanding of the requirements for the preparation and execution of the audit process as defined in these revised standards. Management and implementers of AS9100:2016 Rev. D within these organizations must also be aware of what these changes may mean for their company.
2017-12-13 ...
  • December 13-15, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Photographs and video recordings of vehicle crashes and accident sites are more prevalent than ever, with dash mounted cameras, surveillance footage, and personal cell phones now ubiquitous. The information contained in these pictures and video provide critical information to understanding how crashes occurred, and in analyzing physical evidence. This course teaches the theory and techniques for getting the most out of digital media, including correctly processing raw video and photographs, correcting for lens distortion, and using photogrammetric techniques to convert the information in digital media to usable scaled three-dimensional data.
2017-12-14 ...
  • December 14, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • April 3, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • August 30, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • December 13, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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This highly interactive workshop focuses training on negotiation strategy and skills. This is not the manipulative, win-lose negotiation approach frequently taught today, where the “winner” eventually spends time and effort protecting his negotiated advantage against erosion, while the “loser” continually exploits loopholes and shortcuts to recover lost ground. Traditional negotiation is a wary dance based on mistrust, the true cost of which is lost in quality and brain fatigue – usually for someone other than the negotiator – over the life of the agreement.
2017-12-18 ...
  • December 18-20, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Public awareness regarding pollutants and their adverse health effects has created an urgent need for engineers to better understand the combustion process as well as the pollutants formed as by-products of that process. To effectively contribute to emission control strategies and design and develop emission control systems and components, a good understanding of the physical and mathematical principles of the combustion process is necessary. This seminar will bring issues related to combustion and emissions "down to earth," relying less on mathematical terms and more on physical explanations and analogies.
2018-02-12 ...
  • February 12-13, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Livonia, Michigan
  • October 11-12, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Livonia, 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.
2018-02-12 ...
  • February 12-13, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • September 12-13, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
Training / Education Classroom Seminars
The advent of digital computers and the availability of ever cheaper and faster micro processors have brought a tremendous amount of control system applications to the automotive industry in the last two decades. From engine and transmission systems, to virtually all chassis subsystems (brakes, suspensions, and steering), some level of computer control is present. Control systems theory is also being applied to comfort systems such as climate control and safety systems such as cruise control or collision mitigation systems.
2018-03-06 ...
  • March 6-7, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Lombard, Illinois
  • August 14-15, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Lombard, Illinois
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Vehicle functional requirements, emission regulations, and thermal limits all have a direct impact on the design of a powertrain cooling airflow system. Given the expected increase in emission-related heat rejection, suppliers and vehicle manufacturers must work together as partners in the design, selection, and packaging of cooling system components. An understanding and appreciation of airflow integration issues and vehicle-level trade-offs that effect system performance are important to the team effort. The severe duty cycles, minimal ram air, and sometimes unconventional package layouts present unique challenges.
2018-03-14 ...
  • March 14-16, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • September 17-19, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Design and development of a modern steering system influences vehicle response to steering wheel input, driver effort, comfort, safety and fuel economy. In this interactive seminar participants will analyze the steering system from the road wheel to the steering wheel. Day one will begin with a deep dive into the anatomy and architecture of the lower steering system (wheel end, suspension geometry, linkages and steering gear), its effect on vehicle response and how forces and moments at the contact patch are converted to a torque at the pinion.
2018-03-19 ...
  • March 19-21, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Herndon, Virginia
  • October 17-19, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - El Segundo, California
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Safety continues to be one of the most important factors in motor vehicle design, manufacture and marketing. This seminar provides a comprehensive overview of these critical automotive safety considerations: injury and anatomy; human tolerance and biomechanics; occupant protection; testing; and federal legislation. The knowledge shared at this seminar will enable attendees to be more aware of safety considerations and to better understand and interact with safety experts. This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 18 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
2018-03-22 ...
  • March 22, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • October 18, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Palm Desert, California
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Brake Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) is recognized as one of the major problems currently faced by the automotive manufacturers and their suppliers, with customers warranty claims of more than $100 million per year for each manufacturer. With increasing consumer braking performance expectations, automotive OEM’s and suppliers need the ability to predict potential problems and identify solutions during the design phase before millions of dollars have been spent in design, prototyping, and manufacturing tooling.
2018-03-23 ...
  • March 23, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • October 19, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Palm Desert, California
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Brake noise is one of the highest ranked complaints of car owners. Grunts, groans, squeaks, and squeals are common descriptions of the annoying problem which brake engineers spend many hours trying to resolve. Consumer expectations and the high cost of warranty repairs are pushing the optimization of brake NVH performance. This course will provide you with an overview of the various damping mechanisms and tools for analyzing and reducing brake noise. A significant component of this course is the inclusion of case studies which will demonstrate how brake noise squeal issues have been successfully resolved.
2018-03-26 ...
  • March 26-27, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • August 9-10, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Greenville, South Carolina
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Engine failures can occur in a variety of equipment, vehicles, and applications. On occasion, a single vehicle type or equipment family will even experience multiple engine failures leading to the inevitable need to determine what the most likely cause of one or all of those failures was. This comprehensive seminar introduces participants to the methods and techniques used to understand the types of variables and inputs that can affect engine reliability and then determine the most likely cause of an individual engine or group of engine failures in the field.
2018-04-06 ...
  • April 6, 2018 (6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.) - Warrendale, Pennsylvania
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This four hour short course will provide an overview of the airworthiness certification process and the role of the FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) and Authorized Representative (AR). This seminar will provide insight into the type design, minor/ major Changes, FAA conformity process, and test witnessing. It also provides familiarity with FAA forms.
2018-04-09 ...
  • April 9-10, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, Michigan
  • October 11-12, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Palm Desert, California
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Once reserved for high-end luxury vehicles, electronic brake control systems are now required standard equipment on even the most inexpensive cars and trucks. Today, every new vehicle benefits from the optimized braking, enhanced acceleration, and improved stability that these systems provide. This comprehensive seminar introduces participants to the system-level design considerations, vehicle interface requirements, and inevitable performance compromises that must be addressed when implementing these technologies. The seminar begins by defining the tire-road interface and analyzing fundamental vehicle dynamics.
2018-04-09 ...
  • April 9, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, Michigan
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For automotive engineers involved in crash reconstruction and analysis, a knowledge of basic accident reconstruction principles and techniques is essential, but often insufficient to answer all of the questions posed by design engineers, regulators, and lawyers. This seminar takes participants beyond the basics of accident reconstruction to physical models and analysis techniques that are unique to the reconstruction of single-vehicle rollover crashes.
2018-04-09 ...
  • April 9-10, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, 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.
2018-04-12 ...
  • April 12-13, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, Michigan
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As diesel emissions regulations have become more and more stringent, diesel particulate filters (DPF) have become possibly the most important and complex diesel aftertreatment device. This seminar covers many DPF-related topics using fundamentals from various branches of applied sciences such as porous media, filtration and materials sciences and will provide the student with both a theoretical as well as an applications-oriented approach to enhance the design and reliability of aftertreatment platforms.
2018-04-12 ...
  • April 12, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, Michigan
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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.
2018-04-12 ...
  • April 12-13, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, 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.
2018-04-12 ...
  • April 12-13, 2018 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, Michigan
  • October 15-16, 2030 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Design of Experiments is a statistically based, structured approach to product or process improvement that will quickly yield significant increases in product quality and subsequent decreases in cost. Products and processes can be designed to function with less variation and with less sensitivity to environmental factors or customer usage. While still maintaining high quality from a customer's viewpoint, products and processes can utilize lower cost materials and methods. Specifications can be opened-up with wider tolerances while still maintaining high quality for customers.
2018-04-13 ...
  • April 13, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, Michigan
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Lighting Emitting Diode (LED), a new generation semiconductor light source often referred to as Solid-State Lighting (SSL), has been broadly adopted in illumination, display, visualization, and other areas due to its higher efficacy and longer life. LEDs, first introduced for automotive interior applications such as indicators, expanded to exterior applications including center high mounted stop lamps and other automotive signal lighting devices. Today, LED technologies are being used for night vision, occupancy detection, and many other automotive application areas.
2018-04-16 ...
  • April 16, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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This course provides an introduction to basic tire mechanics, including materials, sidewall stampings, pressure, tread patterns, tire inspection and basic tire failure identification of passenger and light truck tires. Practical in nature and supplemented with samples and hands-on activities, the course will provide you with information that you can use immediately on-the-job and apply to your own vehicle. It serves as a good primer for the in-depth SAE Tire Forensic Analysis course. This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
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