Principles of Metallurgy

Length: 4 hours | Credit: 4 hours (0.4 CEU's)

Our most popular metallurgy course

This course teaches 3 key principles about metallurgy:

  1. The microscopic structures present in metals.
  2. How microstructure and alloy composition influence metal strength.
  3. How composition, cold-working, and heat treating are used to modify metal microstructure to obtain desired mechanical properties.

Metallurgy for non-metallurgists

Having a good understanding of how metals behave and what can be done to modify a metal’s properties is critical for being more productive and profitable.  This knowledge enables people to make better design and manufacturing decisions, solve quality problems, and have productive conversations with suppliers, customers, and engineers.

This course was designed for people who want an introduction or want to refresh what they learned years ago in a college course.  The concepts taught will help you address common design and manufacturing decisions and problems,  and have more productive conversations with suppliers, customers, and engineers.  The concepts are applicable to all alloys, with examples provided for aluminum, brass, and steel alloys.

What topics does this course cover?

Principles of metallurgyThe course consists of 12 modules, each 5 to 25 minutes long, and a final exam.  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.

Course certificate

Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate for 3 credit hours (0.3 CEU’s).

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.


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Just $225/person
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