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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2017-10-24 ...
  • October 24-27, 2017 (8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) - Oxnard, California
  • April 30-May 3, 2018 (8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) - Appleton, Wisconsin
  • October 23-26, 2018 (8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) - tbd, 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.
2017-10-24 ...
  • October 24-25, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • May 2-3, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 6-7, 2018 (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.
2017-10-26 ...
  • October 26, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • May 4, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 8, 2018 (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.
2017-10-30 ...
  • October 30-31, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • February 12-13, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Durham, North Carolina
  • October 29-30, 2018 (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.
2017-10-30 ...
  • October 30-November 1, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • April 30-May 2, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • October 29-31, 2018 (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.
2017-11-01 ...
  • November 1-3, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • June 13-15, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • October 10-12, 2018 (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.
2017-11-08 ...
  • November 8-10, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • April 30-May 2, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • October 17-19, 2018 (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.
2017-11-14 ...
  • November 14-15, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Tysons, Virginia
  • April 10-11, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Livonia, Michigan
  • October 9-10, 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 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.
2017-11-15 ...
  • November 15-17, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • April 9-11, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • August 1-3, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 14-16, 2018 (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.
2017-11-20 ...
  • November 20-21, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • May 24-25, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 26-27, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Side impact crashes account for approximately twenty-six percent of all motor vehicle fatal crashes, second only to frontal crashes, according to a report by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA). While car companies and suppliers continue to develop new technologies that make vehicles safer, NHTSA rolled out updated safety regulations (FMVSS 214) based on new research studies, making vehicle safety design more and more complex. This seminar is designed to familiarize participants with the engineering principles behind vehicle and restraint designs for occupant safety.
2017-11-29 ...
  • November 29-30, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • April 9-10, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Detroit, Michigan
  • June 18-19, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • September 27-28, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • November 28-29, 2018 (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 Automotive APQP process, but also key aspects of PM processes. Students will gain a solid foundation in the principles and application of Project Management and APQP.
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.
2017-12-07 ...
  • December 7-8, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • June 25-26, 2018 (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.
2017-12-18 ...
  • December 18-20, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • May 14-16, 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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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.
2018-01-30 ...
  • January 30-31, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Seattle, Washington
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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.
2018-02-06 ...
  • February 6-8, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Phoenix, Arizona
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The manner in which a motor vehicle fire is initiated and subsequently spreads is dependent on a number of complex, interdependent, phenomena including combustion kinetics, heat transfer and fluid dynamics. Because the damage caused by a fire is coupled to these phenomena, damage patterns can sometimes be used to understand certain characteristics about the fire. In many cases, the goal is to determine the cause and origin of the fire.
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
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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.
2018-02-28 ...
  • February 28-March 1, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • September 24-25, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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An efficient, robust, and quiet running drivetrain is as essential to customer satisfaction as styling and interior creature comforts. In this seminar, you will be exposed to various methods that can be used to accomplish this goal. Designed to help you visualize both individual components and the entire drivetrain system - without reference to complicated equations - this seminar focuses on the terms, functions, nomenclature, operating characteristics and effect on vehicle performance for each of the drivetrain components.
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.
2018-03-07 ...
  • March 7-8, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • September 20-21, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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Engineers and managers involved with product development are constantly challenged to reduce time to market, minimize warranty costs, and increase product quality. With less and less time for testing, the need for effective accelerated test procedures has never been greater. This course covers the benefits, limitations, processes, and applications of several proven accelerated test methods including accelerated reliability, step stress, FSLT (Full System Life Test), FMVT® (Failure Mode Verification Testing), HALT (Highly Accelerated Life Testing), and HASS (Highly Accelerated Stress Screening).
2018-03-12 ...
  • March 12-13, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • August 13-14, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, 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.
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 22-23, 2018 (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.
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, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Livonia, Michigan
  • September 12, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Livonia, Michigan
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It is important for electronic and hardware engineers to not only be knowledgeable of a product's intended function and performance, but also its ability to perform within electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) limits. This seminar introduces practical shielding theory, design fundamentals, and configurations, including shielding products, common and differential modes, electromagnetic fields, and enclosure shielding.
2018-03-27 ...
  • March 27-28, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
  • October 3-4, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
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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.
2018-04-08 ...
  • April 8, 2018 (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.
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