Introduction to Metals

Provided by: ToolingU

This course introduces users to the three types of metal crystal structures, how grains develop in metal, the purpose of heat treating, and how these aspects impact a material's characteristics. Steel, aluminum, titanium, and other metals have a wide range of commercial and advanced applications, including structural shapes, machine components, and medical devices. To choose the best material for a project, manufacturers must first understand how different metals respond to heat, pressure, electricity, chemical exposure, and weather. After completing Intro to Metals, users will know how various metals function in different environments, making them better equipped to select materials and tooling.

Course Objectives:

  • List the four types of manufacturing materials
  • Describe the physical properties of metals
  • Describe the mechanical properties of metals
  • Define the main types of metal crystal structures
  • Describe the properties found in each type of crystal structure
  • Describe grain growth
  • Describe the connection between grain structure and mechanical properties
  • Distinguish between pure metals and alloy metals
  • Distinguish between ferrous metals and nonferrous metals
  • Define steel and cast iron
  • Describe steel
  • List examples of nonferrous metals
  • Describe superalloys.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for Manufacturing / Material Engineers.

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Metallurgy Basics

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2 hrs



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