This spring has seen a successful start for ICME’s Certificate Course in Cast Iron Production, Metallurgy and Quality Control, as our students get the low-down on all things technical with cast iron.

The gathering saw students complete a foundry tour, as well as get a first-hand look at the casting process, molten metal and a deeper dive into the chemistry of metal alloys. Feedback from students saw the day receive significant praise, with one student stating that the course had ‘opened my mind to new aspects of thought on foundry work’. Another student said that they now had a better understanding of furnaces, as well as health and safety.

Amy Worrallo, Quality Manager for ICME, breaks down the course details say “This course has been developed in response to a clear need from industry for a practical programme, focused 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.”

Michael Cramphorn, Foundry Director for Thomas Dudley Foundry explains why this course is vital to the success and support of the industry. “Finding talent is getting increasingly difficult particularly in the field of metallurgy, where technological changes have transformed process control in recent years. The introduction to the foundry of this cast iron metallurgy programme will enable some of our existing melt plant team to extend their current knowledge base and to network with similar people from different backgrounds.  Once the building blocks are in place in terms of base knowledge, we can then enhance our in-house training, knowing the fundamentals are understood.”

This course is a joint venture from ICME and the Cast Metals Federation, with the aim of increasing knowledge, and enabling growth and progression within the industry. Dr Pam Murrell FICME, CEO of Cast Metals Federation, highlights the importance of this course to industry “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 specific to cast iron metallurgy.  It is vital that we have courses that support the future development of our industry. 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.”

This Cast Iron Metallurgy course is designed with progression in mind.  ICME is not just about educating those new to the industry, but we are also about strengthening the talent within 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