Metallurgy in Practice

A suite of courses highlighting practical aspects important in metallurgy

It would be difficult to identify anything that we use that either isn't made from metal or hasn't involved metal somewhere in its manufacture. Metals play a crucial role in everything we do and it is important to appreciate everything about them from how to choose the right one to understanding how it will perform in service.

Our suite of courses highlights key aspects of the application of metals.  They are delivered in an accessible and engaging way and are very much focussed on practical side of things.  Learners will receive a certificate of attendance for each full course, but if you attend three you will earn an IOM3 Certificate in Metallurgy in Practice.

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Introduction to Materials Selection

An introduction to the principles of materials selection for engineering applications

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Mechanical Testing

An introduction of the principles of testing and its importance

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Introduction to Corrosion & Its Prevention

Focussing on the fundamentals of corrosion and how it can be prevented

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Introduction to Oilfield Metallurgy

Specialist metallurgical training for those working in the oil and gas sectors.


Fracture and Fatigue Failure Analysis

Training for those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the factors affecting failure modes and an introduction to failure analysis.


Your tutor - Dr Clayton Thomas BSc(Eng),PhD, MMet, ARSM, MICorr

Clayton is originally from South Wales but currently lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.  He studied metallurgy at Imperial College and gained a PhD from the University of Sheffield looking at offshore corrosion fatigue.  After working for British Steel Technical for three years, as a metallurgical investigator and then corrosion test laboratory manager, he joined Cameron (now called One Subsea), a major supplier of oil and gas completion equipment, in 1990.  He eventually became senior metallurgist and worked on major topside and offshore projects for operators such as BP, Shell,  AGIP, Total, and Conoco. He also had responsibility for the material selection and corrosion prevention for topside and subsea projects and for the metallurgy and welding of equipment including wellheads, BOPs, flowlines, choke valves, risers, manifolds, Christmas trees and associated items.
Since 2000 Clayton has been director of Lloyd-Thomas Consultancy Ltd, providing metallurgical support and training. He has continued to work in oil and gas as well as other engineering sectors, such as power engineering, aerospace and biomedical, has carried out numerous failures investigations and has acted as an expert witness in litigation cases.
He has run over 250 metallurgy courses for companies and colleges on various aspects of metallurgy and is an approved trainer for the AMRC.