TAIM-100: Industrial Materials

Skilled Trade & Apprenticeship
Academic Level
Course Subject
TAE - Industrial Materials
Course Number
Course Title
Industrial Materials
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Covers concepts of material usage in industry. Includes extraction of metals, identification of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, non-metals (e.g. plastics, elastomers, and ceramics), mechanical and physical properties of materials, destructive and non-destructive testing procedures, crystalline and non-crystalline structures of materials, materials forming operations, and heat treatment theory and practice.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Course introduction and extraction of metals from ores
  2. Manufacture of steel products
  3. Identification and selection of iron and steel
  4. Identification of non-ferrous metals
  5. The mechanical and physical properties of metals
  6. Using Rockwell and Brinell hardness testers
  7. Non-destructive testing
  8. Crystalline structures of metals
  9. Plastics and elastomers
  10. Ceramic materials
  11. Casting process
  12. Heat treating, phase diagrams, iron carbon diagram, and course summation
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Explain the concept of the building blocks of materials (for example:  crystal and non-crystalline) that are interacted upon in material deformation.*
  • Explain the alloying mechanisms that are used in designing engineering materials for specific applications, such as the achievement of specific physical and chemical properties.
  • Explain the mechanical forces, stress, and strains that interact on the movement of materials during deformation.
  • Identify the heat treating processes of normalizing, hardening, tempering, and annealing, and their effects on engineering materials.*
  • Explain the relationship of the physical and chemical properties of materials to their traditional and non-traditional applications.
  • Identify the physical testing instruments and be able to interpret the data provided by those instruments.*
  • Identify the changes in shop procedures due to the introduction of new materials.     
  • Assessment and Requirements

    Assessment of Academic Achievement

    All students will be required to complete a set of competencies, tests and achieving a cumulative average grade of 70%.


    Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the TAE Department.


    Approval Dates

    Effective Term
    Fall 2014
    ILT Approval Date
    AALC Approval Date
    Curriculum Committee Approval Date