Principles of Metallurgy

Our most popular metallurgy course

A solid understanding of metallurgy is critical to making good decisions about metals used in products, selecting suppliers, and solving quality problems. 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 knowledge you’ll gain will help you understand what it takes to get the strength needed for the metals used in your products. The concepts are applicable to all alloys, with examples provided for aluminum, brass, and steel alloys. If you work with metals, 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.

The concepts taught in this course will enable you to:

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

What you will learn about metallurgy

The following metallurgical concepts are taught in this course:

  • Metal composition
  • Effects of metal composition on metal strength
  • Microscopic structures in metals and how they influence metal strength
  • Metallurgical changes that occur in metals during cold working and heat treating
  • Effects of metallurgical changes on metal strength

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.

Principles of metallurgy

The module titles are:

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

Click here to see the slides from Module 1.


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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