Oilfield metallurgy is a specialist sector involved in understanding the requirements and performance of materials used in the challenging environments of the oil and gas sector.  This course provides an improved understanding of material specification and selection for the oilfield environment. The knowledge gained from the course will enhance discussions between customers and suppliers and gives a better understanding of the properties of materials and their influence on oil-tool component design.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at personnel who work in engineering, production and design and who manufacture or supply engineering components. This includes buyers and salespersons. It will also be a useful introduction to the subject for new starters and graduate engineers.

How is the course structured?

The course has two options.  It will be run as three two-hour Virtual courses held from 2300 to 0100BST on 8, 9 & 10 August, which will allow Delegates from overseas to attend. It will also have a Classroom course run from Grantham on 1 December. 

It will cover:

Introduction to the oilfield environment:

  • What are oil and gas?
  • How do they affect materials?
  • What are the special features of oilfield metallurgy?
  • API Material classes
  • NACE MR0175/ ISO 15156

Basic Metallurgy and Materials Science:

  • Metallurgy and properties of low alloy steels
  • Hardenability of oil tool materials
  • Effect of alloying elements
  • Heat treatment
  • Weldability of oil tool materials
  • Factors affecting material selection

Corrosion Resistant Alloys (CRA):

  • Stainless steels
  • Nickel alloys
  • Material selection of CRA s
  • API 6A CRA


  • API 6A, API 17D, NACE standards etc.
  • How to use them and what are their key features
  • How do they affect material selection and fabrication?

Corrosion and Material Properties:

  • Why is oil/gas corrosive?
  • Sweet and Sour environments
  • Typical corrosion problems
  • Stress corrosion cracking

Sour Service

  • NACE MR0175
  • ISO 15156
  • Material selection and sour service
  • Effect on welding

By the end of the course what will I have learnt?

  • Understand the oilfield environment and its effects on material selection
  • Appreciate heat treatment and alloying requirements of oil tool components
  • Show how common oiltool standards affect material processing and fabrication
  • Gain a better understanding of material properties and their influence on oiltool design.

How much does the course cost?

The cost of the course is £395 for the Classroom course and £300 for the Virtual course.  IOM3 members and subscribers to Module 2 of our Business Partner Programme are entitled to a discount of 10% on the course fee. These fees are exclusive of VAT at 20% where applicable


Virtual Course

8, 9, & 10 August
18.00 – 20.00 EDT / 23:00 - 01.00 BST 

9, 10 & 11 August
08.00 – 10.00 AEST



Register now to attend the classroom course on 1 December 2022 in Grantham