Program Description

This introductory series was developed with business partners to support and sustain the thriving powdered metal industry in our region. These courses are open for enrollment and currently require class to be attended in St. Marys, PA. Individuals from surrounding counties are encouraged to attend.

Introduction to Powder Metallurgy, Part II

This 40-hour training is part two of an introductory series that will address the critical nature of the inspection process in powder metal manufacturing. This course can be taken independent of Part I.

  • Hours: 40
  • Course Fee: $625
  • Location: Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties – St. Marys, PA
  • Schedule: March 2, 2020 to April 15, 2020 – Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Course Information

Students enrolled in this course will cover the scientific basis of the physical and mechanical properties that are inherent in the manufacturing of powder metal. Enhanced secondary operations will be emphasized, along with the elements of automation and robotics. Career positions in powder metal will round out the course series.

This course is team taught by multiple experts in the industry.

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Introduction to Powder Metallurgy, Part I
(Registration Closed)

This course is the first part of an introductory series that will provide an overview of powder metal manufacturing, beginning with the evolution of the powder metal industry. Taught by industry professionals, students will learn from local business leaders about topics related to powder metal production, molding presses, and sintering safety. There will be an emphasis on pressing and sintering of metal powder.

  • Hours: 40
  • Course Fee: $625
  • Location: Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties (St. Marys, PA)
  • Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 15 through December 17 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. (no class on the week of Thanksgiving and first week of December)

Course Information

Students will learn about the evolution of the powder metal industry along with the uses of materials in manufacturing in the powder metal industry. The basis of raw materials of metal powder and the structure properties will be addressed. The processing route will be explained further with lectures that focus on the approaches of design and molding of metal powder. 

Students will expand their knowledge to continue toward the sintering component of powder metal manufacturing and will conclude with an overview of secondary operations, including repressing, heat treating, and other surface treatments.