Lifelong Learning for a Brighter World

Shawn Buchok, McMaster University Continuing Education Metallurgy and Business Administration graduate Shawn Buchok, McMaster University Continuing Education Metallurgy and Business Administration graduate

Metallurgy of Iron & Steel

Iron ore steel?
Know your product.

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 Metallurgy of Iron & Steel Certificate 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. 

The full certificate can be completed at home in an interactive online classroom. Students will have the opportunity to engage with their instructor and network with colleagues through ongoing group discussions.

Who should take this 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

Students should register for the first course in the program at least three weeks before it begins.

International Students 

The Metallurgy of Iron & Steel Certificate is open to all students, no matter where they reside.

The course fees are the same for Canadian and international students. Instruction will be in English. 

To complete the course work and assignments, you do not need to log into our course management system at any specific time.  When you do the work during the week is up to you. 

Note: some courses in the program will have an optional live tutorial once a week (one hour), but these will be recorded so you can watch them later if needed. 

Please contact us for consultation to help determine if this program is right for you.


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