The relationships among composition, processing, structure, properties, and performance of industrial materials are the focus of the Schoolcraft College Metallurgy and Materials Science department. Since 1966, the department has been providing students with knowledge of metals and other materials used in processes and industries including automotive, aerospace, appliance, building construction, energy production and distribution, and consumer products. Measurement, a critical precursor to control, is emphasized in the academic curriculum that features significant hands-on laboratory activity. Lectures expound on the qualitative aspects of underlying physical principle.
The department offers students the opportunity to learn on an impressive assemblage of material testing and characterization equipment, including a state-of-the-art scanning electron microscope used for high-magnification inspection and compositional analysis. Program options include:
- Metallurgy: Applied Physical Certificate: This program allows those who are currently employed in the field with an opportunity to develop or reinforce skills needed to advance in the laboratory or supporting organizations.
- Metallurgy and Materials Science Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree: This is the only two-year program of its kind in the state of Michigan. It gives students broad knowledge of materials testing, manufacturing, and research and development needed to contribute to high performance in positions ranging from laboratory technician to plant manager.
- Materials Science Post-Associate Certificate: This program allows professionals who are currently employed in the field with an opportunity to expand their knowledge of current technologies applied to laboratory practice and other materials-related careers.