Principles of Metallurgy

Length: 4 hours | CEUs: 0.4

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.

What Topics Does this Course Cover?


The course consists of 12 modules and a final exam. Modules are 5 to 25 minutes long and cover these subjects:

  • Alloy composition
  • Microscopic structures and how they influence metal mechanical properties
  • Effects of heat treating on microscopic structures
  • Effects of cold working on microscopic structures and metal strength
  • Steel metallurgy & strengthening

This course teaches:

  1. Microscopic structures present in metals and how they influence mechanical properties.
  2. How alloying, cold working, and heat treating are used to strengthen a metal.
  3. Microstructure and property changes that occur in cold worked metals during annealing, in steels during through hardening, and during precipitation strengthening heat treating.
  4. Influence of heat treatment time and temperature on microscopic structures and properties of metals.

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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