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Level 3 - Engineering Technician

Introductory Practical Metallography

Course Overview

This Module introduces the issues of practical Metallography and it develops the relationship between a range of metallographic investigation techniques, role of interpretation of this data, highlighting and linking theory and practice; the effect and role of chemical composition and use of phase diagrams linking to changes in grains and matrix formation due to heating and cooling; and how microstructure effects metallurgical and mechanical properties, in cast and wrought processes. 

The choice of methods on manufacture process routes, their effect of change in microstructures and resultant properties, how visual, chemical and microstructures and other complex data sources are used in debate, adding to formulate and to present a hypophysis on a range of complex approaches.

The dialogue and how it can be used to predict microstructure and associated range of properties.

The student will understand how to interpret the use of specification and standards are considered to support this module and provide data and explication on metallurgical science principas and impact on final end usage.

Indicative Course Content

Module consists of 5 Elements


Subject areas are:


Cast Single-Phase Structures

  • Pure Metal

  • Solid Solution

  • Compound Crystals

Two-Phase Structures Formed During SOLIDFICATION

  • Eutectic Type

  • Peritectic Type of Two-Phase Structure

Transformation in Solid Alloys

  • Precipitation

  • Eutectoid Reaction

Effects of Deformation - Wrought Metal

  • Single-Phase

  • Deformation of Two-Phase Alloys

Relationship between Microstructure and Properties

  • Theory and practice of methods of manufacture, rolling, casting, different materials, mechanical fibre, inclusions and micro-segregation, grain flow, casting chill crystals, columnar(dendrites) and equiaxed (shrinkage - porosity - chemical macro and micro segregation) etc.

  • Possibly pictures of broken tensile tests in transvers and longitudinal directions - ductility, brittleness and toughness linked to c & d micro sections.

  • Specification and Standards - possible link to AR Baily data sheets.

  • Chemical composition effects - BS Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Alloys.


Follow this link for the Course assignments criteria within Metallurgical Science 1

The full Module the Student will undertake a Mini Work-Based Project

Course Outline

Study Mode:  Online Blended Learning - Part Time

Location:   Visits to Regional Centres/West Yorkshire  

Duration:  12 Weeks - to run concurrently with the Mini Work-Based Project Module being 15 Weeks


Language:  English


Learning Hours:  200 guided hours


Start Date:  To be confirmed

Credit Value:  20

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Entry Level

Students will be in full time employment within the industry some knowledge and experience of metallurgy processes.


Functional Skills in Mathematics and English (Level 2) and will have completed Metallur

Students will provide a copy of their CV, qualifications and any other training certificates together with a letter of application explaining how the course will benefit them and their future career goals.  This information, along with visits to the workplace will be assessed by our Admissions Team.

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