Principles of Metallurgy course - for engineers and technicians

Principles of Metallurgy

Our most popular metallurgy course

This course provides engineers with practical metallurgy knowledge about fundamental concepts that apply to all metals. You will learn metallurgy terminology, metallurgical factors that influence metal properties, and how alloying, heat treatment, and cold working affect metal strength.

This course was designed for people who want an introduction to metallurgy or want to refresh what they learned years ago in a college course. The concepts taught will help you:

  • Make better design and manufacturing decisions
  • Solve quality and reliability problems
  • Have more productive metals conversations with suppliers, customers, and engineers

What you will learn in this course

  • Relationship between a metal’s properties and its composition, microscopic structure, and the manufacturing processes used to fabricate the metal.
  • Microscopic structures in metals.
  • How microscopic structures and metal composition influence metal strength.
  • How microstructure changes occur during heat treating.
  • Metallurgical changes due to alloying, cold working, and heat treating, and their effects on metal strength.

Concepts covered are applicable to all metals. Steel and aluminum examples are presented.

This course includes

4 hours (12 Modules) videotraining
Course slides download
Access on all devices
3 months access
Final exam

Course content

The course consists of 12 modules, each 5 to 25 minutes long, and a final exam.  Also, quizzes and problems give you opportunities to apply the concepts taught.

The module titles are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Composition
  3. Microscopic structures
  4. Crystal defects
  5. Diffusion
  6. Application of Metallurgy Principles
  7. Cold working
  8. Annealing cold-worked metals
  9. Solid solution strengthening
  10. Steel Metallurgy
  11. Precipitation Strengthening
  12. Course Review

Registering for courses

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We offer group discounts and discounted all-access passes.

Course certificate

Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate for 4 credit hours (0.4 CEU’s).

Why Industrial Metallurgists?

  • Practical, up-to-date content.
  • Metallurgy expertise and 20+ years of experience.
  • Courses designed for non-metallurgists.
  • Training accessible from anywhere with internet access.
  • Engaging content.
  • Convenience. Learn when it suits your schedule.
  • Avoid being overwhelmed with too much information at one time. Set your own pace.
4 hours, 0.4 CEUs

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