Getting the strength and hardness you need in your steel requires knowledge of the effects of alloy composition and heat treating on steel properties. With knowledge of steel metallurgy you’ll be better able to
- Select the most appropriate alloy and heat treating process for your application
- Evaluate suppliers
- Develop manufacturing processes
- Solve quality problems
A good understanding of what can be done to modify the properties of steel is critical for being more productive and profitable.
What you’ll learn about steel metallurgy
The following aspects of steel metallurgy are taught in this course:
- Steel types & designations used for the different categories of steel alloys.
- Metallurgical phases and microstructures found in steels and their effects on steel strength and hardness.
- How to use the iron-carbon phase diagram to predict the phases present in a steel alloy based on composition and temperature.
- Microstructure changes that occur in steel during heating and cooling and the resulting effects on strength and hardness
- Effects of cooling rate on the microstructure that forms when steel is quenched during through hardening heat treatment.
The course takes about 3 hours to complete and consists of 6 modules and a final exam. Each module is 20-30 minutes long. Also, quizzes and problems give you opportunities to apply the concepts taught. The module titles are:
- Module 1: Introduction
- Module 2: Steel phases
- Module 3: Iron-carbon phase diagram
- Module 4: Phase transformations part 1
- Module 5: Phase transformations part 2
- Module 6: Course review
Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate for 3 credit hours (0.3 CEU’s).
Is This Course Right For You?
This course was designed for:
Engineers: design, manufacturing, and quality engineers.
Sales people and purchasing agents who have metallurgy discussions with suppliers and customers.
Basic knowledge of the following topics is required: solid solution, substitutions, interstitials, diffusion, effects of process temperature and time on diffusion and metallurgical changes, metallurgical phases, grains, grain boundaries, dislocations. Our Principles of Metallurgy course teaches these topics.
"A group of us took several courses (Principles of Metallurgy, Metallurgy of Steel, Corrosion of Metals) to become more knowledgeable about the science of metals to avoid problems. For me, the biggest impact of the training was on working with suppliers. I feel more confident asking questions and I now know the suppliers which know their stuff and which ones don’t. And it was great being able to get the training when it was convenient for me."Sam Bloodgood, VP Process Improvement, Hydraforce, Inc.
"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.
“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.
“The Principles of Metallurgy course is broke up into convenient length modules that can be fit into the busiest schedule. The course is a good review for engineers who had a materials class ten or more years ago.”Paul Flury B/E Aerospace
“This is an excellent course (Metallurgy of Steel Heat Treating) for learning basic heat treating practices. The course introduces and covers a broad range of processes. I would recommend it for anyone in the steel business.”Jim Marks, Magellan Corporation
“This course has given me more confidence in my job and given me a better understanding of some of the heat treatments used in the business.”Mark Winter, Abbey Forged Products
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.