This course will enable you to make informed decisions about initial material selections, taking into account processing and joining routes and lifecycle considerations. It will also provide you with the opportunity to debate material-related issues with experts.

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At a glance

Course structure

The course is delivered through Blackboard, an online learning system, in the form of narrated PowerPoint presentations, including video and other reference material. The narration is available in written form for those without audio access. The tutor assigned to this course regulates the flow of the work to ensure the cohort of delegates learn together and complete assignments in a timely fashion. The course lasts approximately 20 weeks at five hours per week - therefore, there is minimal disruption to work and family commitments.

What you will learn

Core content

Materials properties and selection 

  • Describe common families of materials - their physical properties, concepts of strength, toughness and comparative advantages/disadvantages in various in-scope applications.

  • Determine methods of measuring material properties and determining quality, effect of operating environment on common in-scope materials.

  • Apply an analytical approach to materials selection.

Metal materials properties and processing 

  • Describe primary and secondary processing methods, casting etc.

  • Describe methods used to enhance performance, integrity, durability and testing and inspection techniques.

Composites and their processing 

  • Describe primary and secondary processing methods for creating common composite material forms.

  • Understand the merits and demerits of interlaminate sandwich materials.

  • Describe techniques for testing and quality control.

Joining, assembly and repair 

  • Describe the joining processes commonly used in aerospace, marine and defence industries - e.g. bolting and welding.

  • Commenting on impact of in-service and environmental requirements on choice assembly approach.

  • Implications joining dissimilar materials and commenting on the repairability dimension in the choice of assembly approach.

Who should attend

This course is aimed at technicians, graduates, developing engineers and non-engineering professionals interacting with engineers, who need to understand the principles of engineering materials.




Cranfield alumni will receive a discount of 20%.

Where three delegates or more are booking from within one site or one organisation, a discount of 10% will apply to the invoice for the course tuition fee. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.