Materials Selection


Do all the materials in your product’s components and joints meet all performance and reliability requirements, at the lowest cost? Many products contain components and joints whose materials are sub-optimum. The result is problems such as failed product tests, development delays, expensive components, and components and joints that are difficult to fabricate.

In this interactive 2-part course you will learn the engineering process for selecting materials. Using this process will help you optimize designs, enabling products that meet performance, reliability, and cost requirements, and also help keep projects on schedule. You’ll learn practical tips you can use immediately to help identify and select materials that provide the desired properties at the lowest possible cost, and improve your productivity and profitability.

And, if you’re a material supplier, learn what your customers should know next time they ask for help picking a material.

Michael Pfeifer, Ph.D., P.E. is the course instructor. The course consists of two 2-hour sessions:

  • Thursday, May 24, 10:00 – 12:00 Central Time
  • Tuesday, May 29, 10:00 – 12:00 Central Time

A certificate for 4 PDHs (Professional Development Hours) will be awarded upon completion of the course. Click here for more information.

A pdf document of the webinar slides will be emailed to webinar registrants the day before the webinar. Recordings of both sessions will be available for 7 days.

See our webinar schedule

Topics covered

  • Materials selection process
  • Identifying product and component/joint design requirements
  • Identifying materials selection criteria
  • Identifying candidate materials
  • Evaluating materials to determine their suitability – properties, performance, reliability, ease of manufacturing/assembly, and cost

NOTE: The science of materials is not covered in this course.

Target Audience

Engineers involved with product design and development.

Registering for the webinar

The registration fee is $249 per person. After registering you will receive an email with a link to the information about how to access the webinar.

Training credit

A certificate for 4 PDHs (Professional Development Hours) will be awarded upon completion of the course. Click here for more information.

  • "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
Just $249/person
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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.
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