It is difficult to come across any industry that does not rely on metals in some way, shape or form.  This course provides an introduction to engineering design using metals and explores the structure, properties and processing of this large and varied group of materials. The knowledge gained from the course will enhance discussions between customers and suppliers and gives a better understanding of the influence and control of structure through processing on properties and applications.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at personnel who work in engineering, production and design and who manufacture or supply metallic 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?

This one-day virtual course will cover:

  • Basic metallurgy
    Grains and grain growth
    Making metals stronger
    Casting and forging
  • Processing and properties of steels
    Alloying and composition of steel grades
    Heat treatment and processing of steel
    Application and selection of steels
    Stainless steels, properties and selection
  • Non-ferrous metals
    Aluminium, titanium and nickel alloys properties and selection
    Case studies of materials selection for specific applications
  • Special processes
    Case hardening - what is it and materials selection
    Welding - effect on materials and materials selection

How much does the course cost?

The cost of the course is £550.  IOM3 members and subscribers to 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.


Register to attend this virtual course on 28 November 2023


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.