Principles of Metallurgy

Length: 4 hours | CEUs: 0.4

What’s Covered in the Course?
This is our most popular course.  It teaches 3 key principles about metals:

  1. The microscopic structures present in metals.
  2. How microstructure and alloy composition influence metal strength.
  3. How common manufacturing processes are used to modify metal microstructure to obtain desired mechanical properties.

Often described as “metallurgy for non-metallurgists”, this course was designed for people who want an introduction to metallurgy, or want to refresh what they learned years ago in a college metallurgy course. The concepts taught are applicable to all alloys, with examples provided for aluminum, brass, and steel alloys.

Invest 4 hours in yourself, and make your job easier.

Why Do You Need this Course?
We’re committed to sharing our knowledge and product design experience to empower you to confidently make well-informed design, manufacturing, and supplier decisions.

Metals Mastery. If your products use metal of any kind in its components, you need to understand the basics of metallurgy – how metal behaves, factors that affect metal strength, and how to modify metals to achieve desired mechanical properties.

I oversee several operations, including steel heat treating and laser welding. However, my background was in the construction materials industry. Principles of Metallurgy gave me the knowledge to have meaningful discussions with my engineers and be able to ask them better questions.”
Tom Parkman, Plant Manager, Simonds International.

What Topics Does this Course Cover?


The course consists of 12 modules, each 5 to 25 minutes long, and a final exam.  You will receive a certificate upon passing the course that can be used for continuing education credits. Modules  cover these subjects:

  • Relationship between metal properties and alloy composition, microstructure, and processing.
  • Microscopic structures present in metals and how they influence metal mechanical properties
  • How alloying, cold working, and heat treating are used to modify metal strength.
  • Microstructure and property changes that occur in cold worked metals during annealing
  • Effects of heat treatment time and temperature on precipitation strengthened alloys.
  • Steel metallurgy & effects of heat treatment time and temperature on steel strength.

Principles of Metallurgy exceeded my expectations. The content was straightforward enough not to be burdensome, yet deep enough to provide a practical review of fundamental principles. I recommend this course to any engineer or technical person who has been out of school and working in industry for several years, but not necessarily having been focused on metallurgy.”
Andy Jacobs, Staff Engineer, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.

Why Industrial Metallurgists?

Is This Course Right For You?

This course was designed for:

  • Design, manufacturing, and quality engineers.
  • Sales people and purchasing agents who have metallurgy discussions with suppliers and customers.


Complete access for 3 months.
Just $225/person
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