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Identifying Engineering Materials

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On average this
course contributes
2 hours
towards your CPD

This module is designed to introduce the main properties that engineering materials can possess, and to assist the learner in identifying materials by their properties. Covering areas such as: Hardness; Brittleness; Toughness; Ductility; Malleability; Corrosion Resistance; Electrical Conductivity; Electrical Insulation; Magnetic; non-Magnetic; Thermoplastic and Thermosetting.

Having completed the course learners will be able to recognise common engineering materials by their appearance and other properties. They will be able to recognise common defects and be able to explain the use of a material marking and coding system.

On completion of this module learners will:

  • Identify common engineering materials by their physical appearance
  • Detect common defects in engineering materials
  • Classify the difference types of engineering materials
  • Recognise the forms in which engineering materials may be obtained
  • Identify the properties of common materials
  • Use the system of material marking/coding
  • Identify the type, form and size of material required from information

Learners are encouraged to consider how they could apply their learning to their own work situations.

Course Details

Lesson Plan

  • Learning objectives
  • Properties of engineering materials
  • Classification of material
  • Material appearances, properties and applications
  • Typical defects that may be present
  • System of identification
  • Abbreviations used on drawings
  • Summary

Target Audience

This module is suitable for those individuals that work with, or provide support for the engineering sector and organisations.

This training will provide an alternative route to traditional face-to-face delivery, creating more flexibility for employers/organisations within an engineering environment.


It is estimated that this module will take approximately 2 hours to complete (depending on learning speed). As an e-learning module you can complete this training in convenient stages. The system will record your progress throughout.


On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.

CPD Accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course

Cost and Discounts

£30+ VAT - This cost is for a single user.

Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact, or telephone UKVC Sales on 01943 885089.

How it Works

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This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material, and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consist of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


This course is delivered fully online allowing you to learn at your own pace, however an average duration would be 2 hours.

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