"Principles & Practices of Metallurgy
For The Non Metallurgist"



This dynamic three-day course for non metallurgists, including designers, engineers, technicians, sales engineers and purchasers, is designed to give your company a strong competitive edge in today's rapidly changing marketplace.

The course focus is on translating complex principles and procedures into easy to understand terms that will enable participants to gain a valuable working understanding of the fundamental principles of metallurgy as well as the basic structure, properties, heat treatment and processing of metals and alloys.






Metallurgy pervades the full gamut of engineering product design and processes.   It is the basis from which optimum properties for a given design are determined. Product life and maintenance are key issues in all manufacturing product design using metals. Component properties must be adequate to ensure the desired product life in complex environments involving wear, corrosion, and elevated temperatures. Metallurgy is thus a vital basis of every major engineering field, and it contributes to virtually all engineering applications where a metallic component or system experiences use.



Adapting Materials and Energy.   Lawrence Van Vlack's text "Elements of Materials Science and Engineering" defines engineers as "those who adapt materials and energy for society's needs." This definition goes a long way in emphasizing the vital importance of an understanding of materials to today's design engineer. Compounding this importance is the rapidity of technological change in our emerging global society -- both in the design of materials themselves -- and the demands placed upon those materials by product performance requirements.




Bridging the gap between theory and practice.  AMA's "Metallurgy for Non Metallurgists" course takes the mystery out of metallurgy! Participants gain an understanding of the field, technical familiarization with metallurgical terms, an overview of the material selection and processing parameters to obtain optimum properties for a given design, and how to apply them to save money, increase profitability, and enhance customer satisfaction.



Practical training with significant benefits.   This interactive, highly practical course will be of significant benefit to anyone who needs a working understanding of metals and their applications, those with no previous training in metallurgy, technical, laboratory, and sales personnel, engineers from other disciplines, management and administrative staff, and non-technical support staff. Participants will gain a technical familiarization with ferrous and non-ferrous metals and their processing and optimization to meet specific product needs. Emphasis will be given to the foundational concepts of metallic structures and phases and the latest developments in material processing, in combination with an overview of metallurgy, which will provide a solid foundation and understanding of the significance and impact of metallurgy in product design, whether you:

  • Are seeking ways to cut costs, improve performance and increase profitability.

  • Have employees who want to learn more about complementary or competitive technologies.

  • Have employees who want to update present knowledge of metals, processing, and optimization.

  • Have employees who are just starting out in the field and need a basic knowledge of metallurgy.


Interactive learning opportunity .   Participants will join in discussions guided by course instructors, Dr. Jacob Stiglich and Dr. T. S. Sudarshan, who will encourage questions, comments, and participation at all times. There will also be opportunities to exchange ideas with the instructors and other participants during breaks, lunch, and after class adjourns. With this interactive format and the dynamic instructors, participants will find this intensive course to be extremely beneficial, as well as motivating and thoroughly enjoyable.



Key Course Topics.   The ways in which metal alloys are structured, how the structure affects their performance, how mechanical properties of metals are measured, and what influences these properties; what steels and cast irons are and what processing and chemical parameters influence their performance; what aluminum alloy metallurgy is and what influences their mechanical properties; how the environment affects the performance and durability of metals -- and much more, as shown in the Course Highlights listed below.

  • Introduction:  Why Metallurgy?

  • Metal Basics:  Characteristics of metals, atomic arrangements and bonding, crystal structures, grains and precipitates, strengthening mechanisms, deformation, and phase diagrams.

  • Real Engineering Materials:  Basic processing and properties, Fe-C diagram, metals and materials types.

  • Shape Forming:  Melt/cast, cold/warm work, forge, draw, extrude, powder metallurgy shaping.

  • Heat Treatment:  Processes, properties/microstructure effects, steels, cast irons, super alloys, and non-ferrous including Al and Ti alloys.

  • Mechanical Properties:  Hardness, stress-strain, fatigue, toughness, creep, property envelopes.

  • Joining: Welding, brazing, soldering, cladding.

  • Emerging Materials/Processes:  Composites, nano materials, grain boundary engineering.

  • Failure Analysis: Wear and corrosion mechanisms:  Hardness, stress-strain, fatigue, toughness, creep, property envelopes.

  • Surface Engineering:  Failure mechanism solutions, coatings and diffusion based treatments.

  • Summary:  Course summary and group discussion.


Other AMA Courses.   Designed for non metallurgists, the AMA Professional Course Series takes the mystery out of metallurgy and advanced materials. Guaranteed to sharpen skills and techniques, they are designed to help your employees achieve a higher level of performance, faster. Introductory level courses provide employees with focused application of skills on typical functional assignments. The more advanced, intensive course versions complement the core curriculum, with the focus on the study of particular skill sets in greater depth. Advanced Materials Associates Continuing Education Courses include:



Custom tailored in-house training.   Manufacturers are being confronted with a plethora of challenges and opportunities that did not exist in times past. That is why those who are serious about success understand the cost savings, value and return on investment of a strong on site professional development/continuing education program. Whether your goal is to establish and build a training program or strengthen your company's existing professional development training, more profitably, Advanced Materials Associates can tailor a course program to your firm's specific needs and objectives.  Additional information about our corporate training program is available here.




To explore the ways in which our professional development courses can take your key employees beyond the scope of their own experience, and help them identify ways to improve and enhance productivity, please contact AMA CEO, Dr. Jacob Stiglich.

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