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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2017-04-27 ...
  • April 27-28, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Livonia, Michigan
  • April 27-28, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Shanghai, China
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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.
2017-05-01 ...
  • 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.
2017-05-01 ...
  • 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.
2017-05-04 ...
  • 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.
2017-05-09 ...
  • 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 15-16, 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.
2017-05-15 ...
  • 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.
2017-05-22 ...
  • 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.
2017-05-23 ...
  • 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.
2017-06-12 ...
  • June 12-13, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Car companies and suppliers continue to develop new technologies that make vehicles safer and regulatory agencies continue to update safety regulations based on new research studies, making vehicle safety design more and more complex. This seminar covers the mechanics of frontal crashes and how vehicle structures, vehicle restraint systems, and vehicle interiors affect occupant safety. It also describes details of how CAE tools work in the simulation of frontal crashes. The goal of the course is to familiarize participants with engineering principles behind vehicle and restraint designs for occupant safety.
2017-06-15 ...
  • June 15-16, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Signal processing has become a critical tool in optimizing vehicle noise. This seminar will help you to understand the foundation common to all NVH data acquisition equipment including digitizing, windows, aliasing, averaging techniques, and common analysis functions such as the power spectrum, transfer function and coherence. Fundamental concepts such as filtering, modulation, convolution, and correlation, as well as specialized techniques used in rotating machinery such as adaptive re-sampling and order tracking, will be covered.
2017-06-15 ...
  • June 15-16, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Grand Rapids, Michigan
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The sound package materials for vehicle noise control seminar provides a detail and thorough analysis of three different classes of acoustical materials – namely absorbers, barriers, and dampers, how they are different from each other, and acoustical properties that materials should possess for optimum vehicle noise control. The seminar addresses new advances in acoustical materials, primarily in absorption materials that impact the vehicle acoustics. The seminar covers ways to evaluate the acoustical performance of these materials using different test methods, including material, component, and vehicle level measurements.
2017-06-19 ...
  • June 19-20, 2017 (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.
2017-06-22 ...
  • June 22-23, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Engine valvetrain systems have become more capable and increasingly more compact in the quest to improve efficiency. The developments parallel the advancements in other key engine components such as fuel injection or spark systems, turbocharging, aftertreatment, base engine and controls. While the gasoline sector has seen a steady rise in the adoption of Variable Valve Actuation (VVA), Diesel systems have lagged behind and only a few systems have seen production. The level of VVA activity however in the Diesel sector is beginning to increase as tighter regulations of CO2 emissions approach.
2017-06-26 ...
  • 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.
2017-06-26 ...
  • June 26-28, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Fuel composition has had to change with the advent of more stringent emission regulations. Reformulated gasoline (RFG), for example, is vastly different from gasoline of even ten years ago. Tightening regulations on diesel emissions will dramatically change both diesel fuel and engine design. This three-day seminar will review the fundamentals of motor fuels, combustion and motor power generation. The primary content of the course provides a basic introduction to the technology, performance, evaluation, and specifications of current gasoline, diesel, and turbine fuels.
2017-06-28 ...
  • June 28-29, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • October 5-6, 2017 (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.
2017-06-29 ...
  • June 29, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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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.
2017-07-17 ...
  • July 17-18, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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This course presents a proven eight-step method for program planning and control, including: definition of customers' requirements, roles of the program team, determination and flowcharting of program tasks, scheduling and costing, quality aspects of critical tasks, and risk management. Easy to grasp, each of the eight steps evolve from common-sense questions that should be answered for any program, regardless of size or complexity.
2017-07-17 ...
  • July 17-18, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Engineers are taught to create designs that meet customer specifications. When creating these designs, the focus is usually on the nominal values rather than variation. Robustness refers to creating designs that are insensitive to variability in the inputs. Much of the literature on robustness is dedicated to experimental techniques, particularly Taguchi techniques, which advocate using experiments with replications to estimate variation. This course presents mathematical formulas based on derivatives to determine system variation based on input variation and knowledge of the engineering function.
2017-07-18 ...
  • July 18-20, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Tysons, Virginia
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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).
2017-08-02 ...
  • 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
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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.
2017-08-10 ...
  • August 10-11, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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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.
2017-08-14 ...
  • 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.
2017-08-15 ...
  • August 15-16, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Stringent requirements of reduced NOx emission limits in the US have presented engineers and technical staff with numerous challenges. Several in-cylinder technical solutions have been developed for diesel engines to meet 2010 emission standards. These technologies have been optimized and have yielded impressive engine-out results in their ability to reduce emissions to extremely low levels. However, current and state-of-the-art in-cylinder solutions have fallen short of achieving the limits imposed on diesel emissions for 2010.
2017-08-16 ...
  • August 16, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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The improved efficiencies of the modern diesel engine have led to its increased use within the mobility industry. The vast majority of these diesel engines employ a high-pressure common rail fuel injection system to increase the engine's fuel-saving potential, emissions reduction, and overall performance. This one-day seminar will begin with a review of the basic principles of diesel engines and fuel injection systems. Diesel and alternative fuels will be discussed, followed by current and emerging diesel engine applications.
2017-08-16 ...
  • August 16-18, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • December 13-15, 2017 (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.
2017-08-17 ...
  • August 17-18, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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This seminar provides a functional understanding of the principles involved in conducting a Design for Manufacture/Design for Assembly study. DFM/DFA can support both manual and automated processes resulting in significant cost savings through simpler designs with fewer components. Related topics include workstation layouts, ergonomic considerations and errorproofing. Actual examples from the automotive industry are used to support the lecture and participants complete actual design efficiency using the DFM/DFA worksheet.
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