Principles of Metallurgy PD261322ON

Topics: Materials properties , Metallurgy , Manufacturing processes


This online course teaches the basic microscopic structures present inside of metals, how these structures and metal composition influence metal strength, and how these structures can be modified using common manufacturing processes to obtain specific mechanical properties. Several examples are presented to demonstrate how common alloying and manufacturing methods are used to modify the microscopic structures and properties of metals. It includes twelve modules that are five to 25 minutes in length, followed by a quiz.


By participating in this online course, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between a metal’s properties and its composition, microscopic structure, and the manufacturing processes used to fabricate the metal
  • Describe three types of microscopic structures present in metals
  • Explain how cold working, alloying, and heat treating are used to strengthen a metal
  • Explain the microstructure and property changes that occur in cold worked metals during annealing, in steels during through hardening, and during precipitation strengthening heat treatments
  • Relate the heat treatment time and temperature to the microscopic structures and properties of through hardened steels, cold-worked metals, and precipitation strengthened alloys

Materials Provided

  • 90 days of online single-user access (from date of purchase) to the four hour presentation
  • Course handbook (downloadable, .pdf's)
  • Integrated knowledge checks to reinforce key concepts
  • Certificate of Completion (upon completion of all course content and a score of 70% or higher on the learning assessment)

Is this Metallurgy Online Course for You?

This course is targeted towards design, manufacturing, and quality engineers, and sales people and purchasing agents with technical backgrounds.


Have colleagues who need this course? See Special Offers to the right.

Click on the Requirements tab to make sure you are properly equipped to interact with this course.

Industrial Metallurgists, LLC

Industrial Metallurgists, LLC provides materials engineering expertise and training to help you develop and manufacture products. Industrial Metallurgists, LLC believes that understanding the science and engineering of materials enables the design and manufacture of successful products that meet their performance, reliability, and cost requirements.


"This course is great for the beginner metallurgist or for someone who needs a refresher from the material science class they took in college. It packs a big amount of information into an easy to understand and condensed package."
Andrew Wronski
Project Engineer
JTEKT Torsen

For More Details

Email, or call 1-877-606-7323 (U.S. and Canada) or 724-776-4970 (outside US and Canada).

  • Composition
  • Microscopic structures
  • Crystal defects
  • Diffusion
  • Cold Working
  • Annealing
  • Solid Solution strengthening
  • Precipitation Strengthening Heat Treatment
  • Steel and Steel Heat Treating

  • Windows 7, 8, 10 (other operating systems and mobile platforms are not supported but may work)
  • Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox 37, Google Chrome 42 (other browsers are not supported but may work)
  • Broadband-1Mbps minimum

Access Period: 90 Days

Duration: 4 Hours
Members save up to 9% off list price.
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Special Offers:

Have colleagues who need this course? Purchase access for one individual at the appropriate member or list price, then purchase access for up to four additional employees at 10% off the list price. Contact SAE Customer Service to arrange on demand access for all individuals at the same time or mention the invoice number for the first purchase. The offer is good for only the same On Demand Course. All participants will receive a personal account in the SAE Learning Center.


Quantity discounts for six or more students and corporate access options also are available - complete a Corporate Learning Solutions Request Form for a quote.