Understanding Heat Treatment Course

Wolfson Heat Treatment Centre’s well established three-day course “Understanding Heat Treatment ” will be repeated again in 2019.

DATE – April 9-11, 2019 (working day: 9.00 am-5.00 pm )
LOCATION – Jewellery Quarter Conference Centre, Federation House, 10 Vyse Street , Birmingham , B18 6LT, UK.


The aim of this well-established course is to convey a general appreciation of the metallurgical/technological background to industrial heat treatment processing. It examines the various processes, how they are carried out and controlled, what they seek to achieve in structures and properties, and the problems that can be encountered. It is assumed that course participants have had no prior formal scientific/metallurgical training.

Whilst conceived with the heat treatment shop supervisor in mind, the course has proved equally suitable for those who supply equipment, materials, and fuels to the industry.


With the emphasis on steel heat treatment, the basic syllabus for the course has been compiled by industrial members of the Centre and talks are presented, in the main, by speakers from industry. The following topics will be covered:

  • Basic metallurgical theory of heat treatment
  • Quenching principles and practice
  • Surface hardening theory and practice
  • Furnace types, materials and heating methods
  • Temperature measurement and control
  • Salt bath heat treatment
  • Controlled-atmosphere heat treatment
  • Vacuum heat treatment
  • Fluidized-bed heat treatment
  • Quality control/assurance in the heat treatment
  • Computer software to assist the heat treater


The course is non-residential; participants from outside the area requiring overnight accommodation should make their own arrangements; a list of local hotels is available on request. Fees include course notes, lunches and refreshments. As usual, preferential rates apply for participants from companies who subscribe to the Wolfson Heat Treatment Centre’s advisory and information service.

Non-subscribers – £920*; Subscribers – £750*

*plus VAT at UK rate


Registration forms are available on request or register online by following this link. UHT course registration. Early application is advised since the number of participants will be limited in order to promote an informal atmosphere and encourage questions and discussion. Applications will be treated on a “first come, first served” basis and successful applicants will be invoiced for the appropriate course fee on acceptance. Joining instructions for participants will be sent with the acknowledgment to successful applicants.

Bespoke Courses

The Wolfson Heat Treatment Centre also offers short bespoke courses either on-site or in-house. Providing the appropriate expertise is available these can be tailored according to the requirements of the company concerned. For further information please contact the Wolfson Heat Treatment Centre.


For more information about subscription to the WHTC, or if you would like any information on heat treatment, please contact us on 0121 237 1122, or complete our online contact form and we will get back to you.