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Steel Casting Technology Course

Registration is now open for the Steel Casting Technology Course!


Register here - prepayment is required. Early bird registration before December 29 is $1300. Registration before the 1st session on Jan 23 is $1500. The class size will be limited to the first 20 registrations to promote class discussions. We request that only 2 persons from each member foundry location register by December 15. If there are more than 2 persons, contact Diana David at ddavid@sfsa.org to enlist them to a waiting list. After 12/15, all the remaining seats will be available on a first come, first served basis. Thus, members are encouraged to sign-up early to ensure availability to attend.

Hotel details and course outline will be sent to all registrants. Costs for travel, hotel, meals, etc. are the attendees’ responsibility.


The SFSA Steel Casting Technology Course covers the casting processes of design engineering, molding, melting, heat treatment, finishing, inspection and all processes necessary to produce a cost effective, high quality product. This is a beginner's class, designed to introduce new technical foundry personnel (which may include engineers, metallurgists, sales personnel, quality technicians, operation managers, etc.) to the fascinating steel foundry industry. The class covers the manufacture of steel castings with the following topics:

  • Basic Metallurgy
  • Design Engineering
  • Melting - charging
  • Melting - oxygen blow
  • Patterns
  • Core & Molding - sand & binder (No-bake)
  • Melting - slag control
  • Melting - tapping & deoxidation
  • Core & Molding - wash & closing
  • Pouring
  • Solidification & Cooling
  • Finishing - shakeout & riser removal
  • Finishing - grinding
  • Heat Treatment
  • Welding
  • Inspection - visual & mag particle
  • Inspection - hardness & liquid penetrant
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Chemical Analysis

Topics will both be presented and activities worked to promote understanding and long-term retention. We know the knowledge gained the attendees will prove to benefit your company for years to come.


The teacher, Tom Stevens, is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati in Metallurgical Engineering and has over 50 years of experience in the foundry industry. The SFSA Handbook was revised in the early 1990’s under his chairmanship. He served for many years on the High Alloy Research Committee, ASTM Casting Committee, and as a member of the SFSA Board of Directors. His work at the Duriron Co., Wollaston Alloys, HICA, Carondelet, NACO, and Magotteaux led to an understanding of the various processes to produce castings. The last 17 years have been dedicated to teaching engineers at various international and domestic foundries. Tom specializes in high alloy and wear resistant castings.

Location and Dates:

The course will be held over 3 different meeting dates at 3 different locations. Each session will be coupled with a foundry tour. The course will run from 8:30A-4:00P from Tuesday to Thursday. The registered individual must attend all three sessions.

  • January 23-25, Tempe, Arizona (tour at ME Global)
  • February 20-22, Pulaski, Tennessee (tour at Magotteaux)
  • March 20-22, Tulsa, Oklahoma (tour AFG-Bixby)

For additional information, please contact Diana David at ddavid@sfsa.org.

Diana David, Research Manager
Steel Founders' Society of America (SFSA)
780 McArdle Drive Unit G, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-8155
Tel: +1 (815) 676-6536