A new Certificate Course in Cast Iron Production, Metallurgy and Quality Control has been launched by ICME with the first cohort starting in March 22.

Amy Worrallo, EPA and Training Manager for ICME has been leading the work to develop the programme with input from key individuals from the industry.

“This course has been developed in response to a clear need from industry for a practical programme focussed on the metallurgy and production of the suite of cast irons” says Amy.  “It includes modules on melting and shop floor quality controls, raw material selection, metal treatments as well as testing and quality assurance.  With a mix of classroom delivery, practical aspects and project work completed in company, this is a great new offering from ICME and clearly fits with our aims, as the professional body for the UK industry, to support the professional development of our Members.”

Welcoming the new course, Pam Murrell, CEO of the Cast Metals Federation agreed saying, “We have supported the development of this new course, in conjunction with ICME and many of our industry Members, as we recognised the need for a programme that is specific to cast iron metallurgy.  It is vital that we have courses that support the future development of our industry.

“Cast irons are an important family of ferrous alloys, with a wide range of properties, and are a key part of the circular economy for metals as they are produced using scrap steel from other products at end of life, such as car parts, structural steels from old buildings and used rails.  There is a wide range of alloys in the cast iron family making them ideal for a wide range of applications, from brake discs to wind turbine hubs, components used in rail sector and for mining and mineral extraction, as well as water pipes and decorative street furniture.

“We are also particularly grateful to the Foundry Training Trust who have offered substantial funding to anyone from the UK enrolling for the course, helping to make it more affordable for the industry.”

Registrations for the next cohort are now being taken so to find out more about the course please contact info@icme.org.uk This next cohort is planned to take place end of 2022/start of 2023.