Materials selection is at the heart of the design and development process for engineering components.  This course offers delegates the opportunity to explore the many factors affecting the choice of materials for a broad range of applications and the large selection of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys that are available.  The knowledge gained from the course will enhance discussions between customers and suppliers and gives a better understanding of the properties of materials and how this influences their uses.

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 full course will be run as three two-hour webinars held from 1000 to 1200 on 10, 11 and 12 May.  It will cover:

1.  Principles of materials selection

  • Material properties
  • Cost
  • Design and fabrication

2.  Processing and properties

  • Heat treatment and alloying
  • Mechanical properties – strength, toughness, hardness
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Product forms – castings and forgings

3.  Ferrous and non-ferrous alloys

  • Low alloy and stainless steels
  • Commonly used grades and applications

4.  Material selection for specific applications

  • Strength and toughness
  • Weldability, repair and machinability
  • Surface treatments, such as case hardening and nitriding
  • Surface coatings, such as plating

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

  • Understand the key factors affecting materials selection for engineering applications.
  • Appreciate the effects of processing on materials properties.
  • Understand the range of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys available.
  • Awareness of the broader issues affecting materials selection.

How much does the course cost?

The cost of the full course is £300.  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.


Not sure whether this course is for you?  Watch our free webinar to find out more about the course.


Register to attend our FREE webinar which gives an overview of the full Introduction to Materials Selection course. 15 November 12.00 - 13.00




Register to attend our Virtual Course. 6, 7 & 8 December 1000-1200 GMT.