Metallurgy Features & Benefits – Presented by McMaster Continuing Education


– [Nancy] Welcome to the Metallurgy of Iron & Steel Program Preview session. My name is Nancy McQuigge, and I’m the program manager
for this particular program, and I’ll be facilitating
your session today. There are specific features and benefits of the Metallurgy program
and completing your studies with McMaster’s Continuing Education. The longevity of the program
and its excellent reputation as a provider of education and training in metallurgy provides you
with a recognized, respected, and academically sound program. Our instructors have the experience to facilitate your learning
throughout the courses, and their knowledge of the
industry provides the opportunity for you to engage in coursework relevant to the real world and
practical applications. Part-time studies with
Continuing Education helps you to establish a balance between your personal and
professional commitments. You can maintain your
full-time or part-time workload and fit in your academic studies
for the Metallurgy program. The online delivery format allows you to study from home, work, or on the beach as you have the flexibility
to complete course activities when you can, which may
be two in the morning or two in the afternoon. The online environment and its
ability to bring in students from Canada and other countries allows you to participate in the program
and share your perspective and to learn from the perspectives
of your fellow learners. It also allows you to build that network of professional colleagues
within the field of metallurgy. Lastly, you can maintain
your continuous study in the program as build
momentum with each course, especially if you complete
one course per term. Or if you need to take a
break from the program, you can do so and then
rejoin us when you’re ready. Our instructors are
practitioners and educators from the steel, metallurgy,
and material sciences field. They provide a wealth of
knowledge and expertise in order to facilitate your
learning in the courses. As well, they are excellent
resources about the industry and its past, present, and future trends, along with the perspective
of career development within the field. So let’s meet one of
our instructors, Paul. Paul has been kind enough
to record his perspective about why he teaches in the program. Take it away, Paul. – [Paul] My name is Paul Okrutny, and I’m a forensic materials engineer. So this basically means that I have to use my materials engineering knowledge to reverse engineer and understand the usually
complicated technical events that led to either
significant property damages or personal injury. I am the president of the
American Society of Materials on the Ontario chapter, and I’m a founding member of
the Failure Analysis Society of ASM International. So although I enjoy a lot
of things about my career, teaching has brought many
of my mountaintop moments. There’s nothing quite
like watching someone understand a subject and gain
confidence in themselves, nothing quite like
watching someone progress from having no knowledge in a field into the start of their
exponential journey of learning. And basically what I do is I assume very little
prior knowledge about steel, and I only ask that you
have very good common sense about the world around you. We start from the
fundamental building blocks from which the course material is based on and then progress to
understanding the larger, more complicated aspects
of materials engineering. Personally, I think
teaching from the ground up is the only way to
guarantee understanding. Once someone understands something, they do not forget it ever. And thus I value understanding
over short-term memorization. I would rather have my students
ask me a million questions about why and how something works than merely a hundred questions about what the next
quiz will be all about. Well, world production of steel is roughly about a billion tons per year. And the current price of steel is about 500 U.S. dollars per ton. So any knowledge about this
1/2 a trillion dollar industry should be relevant to just about anyone. Whether you’re a
metallurgist, an operator, an engineer, a banker,
a lawyer, or insurer, whatever it is that you
do with your career, now or the future, a
fundamental understanding of a 1/2 a trillion dollar
industry is only going to help. Hamilton was and still is
the steel town of Canada. Companies like Dofasco and Stelco, well, now Arcelor and U.S. Steel, once incubated a great deal
of knowledge into that area. McMaster, being in the surrounding region, has been lucky enough to
be around for the ride and lucky enough to be the center of that knowledge nucleation. Many world famous professors in the field of metallurgy have come from McMaster, and have directly taught some of the current McMaster professors. So why not learn from the world’s best? I think the benefits of
studying online are similar to the benefits of teaching online, so I can definitely speak from experience when I give this answer. I have given lectures for this course while visiting friends in San Francisco, in the back of a camper van
in New Zealand on my vacation, while visiting family in Poland, and from my home in Toronto. The freedom of teaching
an online course is that it always fits into your schedule. Office hours are not restricted to a single hour time slot within a week. You can email me, and
you can post a question to your classmates at virtually any time. I used to teach this course in person, and I must admit, I was at first skeptical about this course moving
to the online format. However, after running the
course for seven terms now, I am humbled about the
power of the online format and its ability to teach students, all while allowing them to
interact with one another on their own busy schedule. – [Nancy] For more details about the Metallurgy Certificate Program, please visit our website
at www.mcmastercce.ca or contact our information
specialist today. Thank you.

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