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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2017-04-03 ...
  • April 3-4, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, 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.
2017-04-03 ...
  • April 3-4, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, Michigan
  • October 30-31, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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In your profession, an educated understanding of internal combustion engines is required, not optional. This two-day technology survey seminar covers the most relevant topics - ranging from the chemistry of combustion to the kinematics of internal components of the modern internal combustion engine - for maximum comprehension. Attendees will gain a practical, hands-on approach to the basics of the most common designs of internal combustion engines, as they apply to the gaseous cycles, thermodynamics and heat transfer to the major components, and the design theories that embody these concepts.
2017-04-03 ...
  • April 3-4, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, Michigan
  • June 26-27, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • September 25-26, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 29-30, 2017 (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.
2017-04-03 ...
  • April 3-4, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, Michigan
  • October 10-11, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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All gasoline powered vehicles and equipment create exhaust and evaporative and refueling emissions. Unlike exhaust emissions, which occur only when the engine is operating, evaporative emissions (evap emissions) occur all the time. Controlling evap emissions to PZEV levels is as challenging as controlling exhaust emissions. It becomes even more important in the case of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and extended range electric vehicles (EREV) which generate evaporative fuel vapors, but have no place to burn/consume the vapors when the engine does not operate for extended periods of time.
2017-04-03 ...
  • April 3, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, Michigan
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It is a well-known fact that the number of women in science, engineering and business fields is growing, yet men continue to outnumber women, especially at the upper levels of these professions. Many women appear to encounter a series of challenges at early or midcareer stages that contribute to them leaving their careers prematurely due to feelings of isolation, an unsupportive work environment, extreme work schedules, and unclear rules about advancement and success.
2017-04-03 ...
  • April 3-4, 2017 (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.
2017-04-03 ...
  • April 3-4, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • August 14-15, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • 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.
2017-04-04 ...
  • April 4-6, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, Michigan
  • August 28-30, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • December 11-13, 2017 (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.
2017-04-05 ...
  • April 5-7, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, Michigan
  • September 27-29, 2017 (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.
2017-04-06 ...
  • April 6-7, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Livonia, Michigan
  • April 27-28, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Livonia, Michigan
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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.
2017-04-06 ...
  • April 6, 2017 (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.
2017-04-13 ...
  • April 13-14, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Livonia, Michigan
  • May 23-24, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Livonia, Michigan
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Providing you have a basic understanding of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing fundamentals, this course teaches an introduction to how to inspect GD&T requirements. Utilizing the expertise of world-renowned GD&T expert Alex Krulikowski, this course offers an explanation of the geometric symbols, rules, and concepts, the datum system, and how to inspect GD&T requirements using tools from the four categories of inspection tools (CMM; comparison instruments and fixed gages; hand tools and open set up; and production gaging systems). Newly acquired learning is reinforced throughout the class with numerous practice problems.
2017-04-18 ...
  • April 18-19, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Livonia, Michigan
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Providing you have a basic understanding of mechanical drawings, this course teaches how to use engineering drawings that use the International Standards Organization (ISO) standards. Utilizing the expertise of world-renowned GD&T expert Alex Krulikowski, this course will teach you to recognize what is required on a standard-compliant drawing and recognize geometrical tolerances based on the ISO standards. The course combines information from dozens of ISO standards into a logical understandable topic. Newly acquired learning is reinforced throughout the class with more than 150 practice problems.
2017-04-18 ...
  • April 18-19, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • October 23-24, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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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.
2017-04-19 ...
  • April 19-21, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • August 2-4, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 15-17, 2017 (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.
2017-04-20 ...
  • April 20-21, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • October 12-13, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Data acquisition is required throughout the product's life cycle - in prototype performance evaluation, reliability/durability testing, duty-cycle analysis, end of line testing, and service and aftermarket product areas. Both lab and on-road testing are needed for components, sub-systems and entire vehicles. As in-vehicle networks become increasingly more sophisticated in terms of the number of controllers, the speed at which they communicate, and the number of parameters available, they are a virtual goldmine for the test engineer.
2017-04-21 ...
  • April 21, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • September 29, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Orlando, Florida
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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.
2017-04-25 ...
  • April 25-26, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Livonia, Michigan
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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 Y14.5M-1994 Standard. Utilizing the expertise of world-renowned GD&T expert Alex Krulikowski, the course offers an in-depth explanation of geometric symbols, including each symbol's requirements, tolerance zones, and limitations. It also includes a comparison of GD&T to coordinate tolerancing; an explanation of tolerance zones; Rules #1 and #2; form and orientation controls; tolerance of position; runout and profile controls.
2017-05-01 ...
  • May 1-3, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 8-10, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Increased public pressure to improve commercial truck safety and new stopping distance regulations have intensified the need to better understand the factors influencing heavy vehicle braking performance. To assist individuals and their organizations in preparing for these new truck braking standards, this seminar focuses attendees on understanding medium-duty hydraulic brake systems and heavy-duty air brake systems and how both systems' performance can be predicted, maintained and optimized.
2017-05-01 ...
  • May 1-3, 2017 (8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) - Greer, South Carolina
  • October 9-11, 2017 (8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) - Greer, South Carolina
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While a variety of new engineering methods are becoming available to assist in creating optimal vehicle designs, subjective evaluation of vehicle behavior is still a vital tool to deliver desired braking, handling, and other dynamic response characteristics. In order to better prepare today’s engineer for this task, this course offers twelve modules devoted to key the fundamental principles associated with longitudinal and lateral vehicle dynamics.
2017-05-01 ...
  • May 1-3, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • October 30-November 1, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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As a strategic leader, it is your responsibility to ensure that your organization is moving in the right direction. Executives and high-level managers must have the practical insight necessary to address competitive business challenges. Each segment of this three day course is designed to impart simple, but powerful lessons that will equip participants to more fully engage in strategic discussions, ask pertinent questions, facilitate critical decisions and shape high performing organizations. In addition, the course provides students with a personal leadership profile that illustrates their strengths and potential limitations.
2017-05-02 ...
  • May 2-3, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • October 24-25, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Driven by the need for lower emissions, better fuel economy and higher efficiency, hybrid vehicles are appearing in many different configurations on today's roadways. While the powertrain components such as the drive motor, motor controller and cooling system are somewhat familiar to the automotive industry, the battery systems are a relatively unfamiliar aspect. This seminar will introduce participants to the concepts of hybrid vehicles, their missions and the role of batteries in fulfilling those requirements.
2017-05-04 ...
  • May 4-5, 2017 (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.
2017-05-04 ...
  • May 4, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • October 26, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Electric and hybrid vehicles are becoming more visible on today's roadways and the automotive companies are working hard to make these vehicles as transparent as possible to enhance consumer acceptance. The battery system forms a key part of any of these vehicles and is probably the least understood. With practically no moving parts the battery systems show no visible or audible warning of any latent dangers. This seminar will introduce participants to the risks encountered in handling high voltage battery systems and their component parts.
2017-05-04 ...
  • May 4-5, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • October 17-18, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Shanghai, China
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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.
2017-05-09 ...
  • May 9-12, 2017 (8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) - Appleton, Wisconsin
  • October 24-27, 2017 (8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) - Oxnard, California
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Note: Last day of class ends at approximately 12:30 pm Recent advances in commercial vehicle equipment have increased the potential for incident-related data to be recorded surrounding a collision event. What some have called a "black box" is more properly referred to as a Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorder (HVEDR) as defined by the SAE J2728 HVEDR Recommended Practice.
2017-05-11 ...
  • May 11-12, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • October 19-20, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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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.
2017-05-15 ...
  • May 15-17, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • 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.
2017-05-15 ...
  • May 15-16, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Today's necessity for quickly delivering products to market limits product development time and leaves less room for error and 're-dos.' With so many plastic materials available, it is crucial that those involved in product design understand resin properties and how they affect part design and manufacturability. To help you make the best plastic choices the first time, this seminar provides an overview of polymer chemistry, explains the methods for testing properties of plastics and presents a method of systematic selection that will optimize your plastics material selection process.
2017-05-22 ...
  • May 22-24, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 1-3, 2017 (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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