Course Description

This Introduction to Materials Engineering course provides the engineer and inspector a practical understanding of the materials used in the fabrication of process plant pressure vessels and piping systems, which is critical to ensuring equipment reliability. The course reviews common process plant materials, including carbon and low alloy steels, stainless steels, and select non- ferrous alloys along with mechanical properties. It additionally discusses the steel making process, heat treatments, material specifications, and failure analysis. The background provided in this course will assist those involved at the front-end of process plant design along with those responsible for maintenance of the facility and execution of unit turnarounds.

The focus of the course is the fundamentals of materials, but it also includes practical information that comes from instructors who have worked for Owner-Users as well as in a consulting capacity. Note: Damage mechanisms are covered in depth in the API University course on “Damage Mechanisms in the Refining Industry” based on API RP 571.

Our training course materials are developed and instructed by subject matter experts – many of whom are principal contributors on the relevant API and ASME committees.

Course Benefits

  • You will develop a practical understanding of the common process plant materials
  • You will gain an understanding of the material’s properties that can influence their use, and how the manufacture and processing of these materials modifies their mechanical properties
  • You will gain an understanding of material specifications t and how to use and understand key information from typical industry standards
  • You will be introduced to some general concepts of material selection that should contribute to reliability and cost efficiency

Course Outline

Materials and Properties

  • Construction Materials
    • Carbon Steel
    • Low Alloy Steel
    • Stainless Steels
    • Ni Alloys
    • Cu Alloys
    • Ti Alloys
    • Aluminum Alloys
  • Mechanical Properties
    • Tensile
    • Impact
    • Hardness
    • Fatigue
  • Physical Properties
    • Thermal Expansion
    • Thermal Conductivity
    • Electrical Conductivity/ Resistivity

Steel Making

  • Melting Processes
  • Role of Alloying Elements
  • Grain Size and Deoxidation Relationship to Toughness

Crystal Structure and Heat Treatment

  • Crystal Structure
  • Iron Carbon Diagram
  • Continuous Cooling Diagrams
  • Time-Temperature-Transformation Diagrams
  • Annealing, Normalizing, Quenching, Tempering, PWHT

Material Specifications/Identification

  • SAE / AISI
  • Unified Numbering System


  • General
  • Cast Irons – Gray, Ductile, Malleable
  • Austenitic SS Castings – ACI Corrosion and Heat Resisting Castings

Miscellaneous Materials Issues

  • Failure Analysis
  • Material Selection

Course Outcome

Upon completion of the Introduction to Materials Engineering training course, students will have a basic understanding of:

  • Common process plant materials.
  • The various heat treatments available to modify material properties.
  • The use of industry standards.
  • How to use this knowledge to assist in making decisions regarding material selection and maintenance.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for engineers and inspectors working for Owner-Users, manufacturers or engineering and construction firms in the refining/petrochemical and comparable industries. Engineers and inspectors serving in a maintenance or reliability role whose responsibilities include the evaluation of process pressure vessels and piping systems will also benefit.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Does My Course Registration Fee Cover?
Course registration fees include the following:

  • Bound course notes containing all lectures and presentation handouts
  • Refreshments, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack

Course registration fees DO NOT include the following:

  • Copies of API or ASME codes, standards, and recommended practices. To buy API Documents, contact IHS Global, Inc. here
  • Travel-related expenses including airfare, lodging, and car rental, if applicable

Do Attendees Earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for Participation in the Course?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the training course will earn PDHs.

Do I Need to Bring the Reference Standards to the Course?
No. Each student will receive a comprehensive set of course notes, and the instructors will have electronic versions of the standards available if needed.

Do I Need a Calculator for the Example Sessions?

Does E2G Provide Assistance With Students Requiring a U.S. Visa?
Yes. It is requested that attendees that require a U.S. Visa register for the course at least two months prior to the course. Upon confirmation of registration and course fee payment, E2G will provide the attendee with a Letter of Invitation for use in obtaining a U.S. Visa.

Does E2G Have a Cancellation Policy Regarding Enrollment?
Yes. E2G reserves the right to cancel a course if minimum enrollment is not reached and to modify the agenda and/ or faculty when circumstances are beyond our control.

Does E2G Have a Policy With Regard to Refund of Fees in the Event of a Cancellation of Registration for Students?
Yes. The cancellation policy for refund of course registration fees is as follows:

  • Up to 14 days prior to the course: 75% of registration fees are refunded.
  • 13 to 6 days prior to the course: 50% of registration fees are refunded.
  • Within 5 days prior to the course: 25% of registration.

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