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Introduction to Metallurgy

Introduction to Metallurgy

Introduction to Metallurgy
March 18, 2014
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$250 per person
Location: Drew Hall, Room 117

Metals and alloys are used in plant applications. They are indispensable in refineries, chemical plants, and utilities. As such, it is of importance for those involved in engineering, manufacturing and construction to understand how metals behave, and how chemical makeup, manufacturing processes such as forging, casting and welding and their respective microstructural changes affect mechanical properties and corrosion resistance. This course is designed for those who are not metallurgists and provides basic knowledge on several commonly used alloy systems. 

Engineers, QA Managers, Technicians, Machine Shop Superintendents, Inspectors, Individuals with no metallurgy background who wish to understand metallurgy

Spiros Bamiatzis has experience in the steel mills where he worked for six years in mechanical maintenance as a millwright for cold strip and hot strip steel plants. For the past six years he has been working as an adjunct instructor at the School of Science and Engineering Technologies at Houston Community College. He has studied corrosion issues at the Purdue University Corrosion College at Gilmer, Texas.  He has attended a symposium in theory, design, application, maintenance, and repair in rectifiers, at Universal Rectifiers, Inc., in Rosenberg, Texas, a NACE approved class, and also attended an ASM Teachers Materials Camp, sponsored by the ASM International, at the University of Houston Downtown. He is an OSHA Certified H2S Trainer, member of the ASM International, and member of NACE International.  He is also a Certified Trainer for PVC coated conduit. With his practical and academic experience in the steel industry, he developed and introduced a Basic Introduction to Metallurgy and Corrosion/Corrosion Troubleshooting, series of lectures for Plant Equipment Operators, at Houston Community College.  Spiros Bamiatzis has studied Process Technology at Houston Community College, and Public Finance at Indiana University Northwest.      
Blast Furnace, the making of iron
Making of steel
Crystal nature of metals
Categories of metals based on crystal architecture
Shaping of metal, strengths and weaknesses
Role of heat in quality of metal
Alloys and their impact on metal quality 
Major case analysis: The class will work in groups to determine the reasons for the metal behavior of a structure
Introduction to corrosion
What is corrosion? How does it work?
What causes corrosion? How can it be controlled?
Forensic analysis of metal failures (hands-on)

Attendess should bring working gloves and safety glasses. Materials with sharp edges will be circulated.

  • $250 per individual. Cost includes lunch, refreshments and parking
  • 0.8 CEUs and 8 PDHs awarded to participants
  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover accepted
  • Checks should be made payable to McNeese State University and mailed to the following address: 
​          McNeese State University
          Institute for Industry-Education Collaboration
          Box 91834
          Lake Charles, LA 70609

Phone: 337-562-4139
Fax: 337-562-4272

To download a registration form, click the link below. Please return the completed form via email to: or fax to: 337-562-4272
Registration form IIEC.pdf