Steel 101

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the main principles and features of the steelmaking, metalcasting, and molding processes.
  • Explain the chief properties and types of steel, as well as what distinguishes it from iron.
  • Describe the various heat treatment processes and procedures.
  • Describe inspection methods along with types and causes of steel defects.
  • Identify industry requirements and standards for inspections and welding repairs.
  • Describe features of chemical and mechanical testing of steel.
  • Explain the importance of fully understanding customer specifications and the role of communications in the specification process.

Course Introduction

Steel 101 is an introductory course that provides participants with a basic understanding of the metallurgical and classification of steel and the processes of making of steel. This course covers the following topics: steelmaking and casting in a metalcasting facility, metallurgy and classification, heat treatment, quality control and understanding customer steel specifications. 

Benefits to Taking the Course

The benefits of this course include practical and theoretical knowledge for those just entering the industry, such as new engineers and those who work directly on the floor of a metalcasting facility. It provides a broad foundation of the processes, treatments, equipment used, safety, and inspection methods of steel castings. It also examines common defects in castings and various testing procedures.

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Steelmaking and Casting in the Metalcasting Facility

  • The Steelmaking Process
  • The Metalcasting Process

Module 3: Basic Metallurgy and Classification of Steel

  • Difference between Steel and Iron
  • Crystal Structures, Phases, and Steel Microstructures
  • Mechanical and Physical Properties of Steel

Module 4: Heat Treatment of Steel

  • Heat Treatment Process
  • Heat Treating Procedures

Module 5: Quality Control of Steel Castings

  • Safety Requirements
  • Defects in Steel
  • Inspection Methods
  • Chemical and Mechanical Testing

Module 6: Customer Steel Specifications

  • Understanding Customer Specifications
  • Defining and Communicating Expectations
  • Choosing the Steel Process

Module 7: Conclusion


Who Should Attend?

Production engineering, quality assurance personnel and process control personnel, technical sales staff, designers and buyer castings, management-all levels.