Principles of Metallurgy

Length: 4 hours | CEUs: 0.4 | $225

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

Principles of metallurgyThe 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:

  • 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.

Course certificate

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

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.


  • "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
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Why Industrial Metallurgists?

  • Practical, up-to-date content.
  • Metallurgy expertise and 20+ years of experience.
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