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Metallurgy of Iron & Steel Program

Important update about our Certificate in Metallurgy of Iron & Steel program

McMaster University Continuing Education is phasing out the current Metallurgy of Iron & Steel Certificate program. Spring 2022 will be the last term new students will be able to start the program.

We are committed to assisting our current students in completing program requirements. Except for MET 450 Physical Metallurgy which will have a final offering in Spring 2022, all other metallurgy courses will continue to be offered up to and including the Fall 2023 term, as per a developed schedule of courses, to allow you to complete the program. To complete and graduate from the program, you must complete your final course(s) before or during the Fall 2023 term.

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Gain a comprehensive knowledge of steel

Home to some of North America’s most profitable steel producers and the McMaster Steel Research Centre, Hamilton, Ontario is often referred to as the ‘Steel Capital of Canada.’

Developed in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering, our Certificate in Metallurgy of Iron & Steel program has been serving learners in the local region for more than 50 years. Our interactive online program is the only academic certificate in metallurgy in the country.

  • Offered entirely online, giving you the flexibility to complete courses at your own pace
  • Interactive learning platform
  • Earn a Certificate in Metallurgy of Iron & Steel

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McMaster Continuing Education Business Program Highlights

Program highlights Learn More

  • Interactive classroom
  • Learn from industry experts
  • Collaborate and network with peers
  • Open enrolment program
McMaster Continuing Education Business Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes Learn More

  • Explore the production of iron
  • Examine the BOF and EAF routes of steel-making
  • Understand metal structure and crystallography

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Tentative Schedule of Courses through to Fall 2023

Below is a tentative schedule of courses to help you plan for completion of the certificate:

Course Name Winter 2022 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Winter 2023 Spring 2023 Fall 2023
Physical Metallurgy

Final Offering

Heat Treatment of Steels x x x
Steels in Service x x
Primary Production of Steel x x x
Steel Products Manufacturing x x x

Core courses (Complete all 5)

Learn more about the Metallurgy of Iron & Steel program

Anyone who works in steel manufacturing or fabrication who needs a working knowledge of metals, their properties and applications, this could include (but is not limited to):

  • Sales representatives
  • Technologists
  • Machinists
  • Engineers from non-metallurgy disciplines
  • Managers
  • Administrators
  • Quality assurance workers
  • Welders
  • Purchasers