Let me offer a perspective that may or may not resonate with other ASM members.
My background is in mechanical engineering, but I work for a small firm with just a few engineers. Our production processes require a range of materials engineering, mostly metals, ferrous and non-ferrous, but also composites. Our small engineering team is focused on product development. Being a small, family-held company, we seek to address production issues in house. In our small company, having an engineering degree makes us the "expert" in all engineering matters, even where we know our background is limited.
We have used ASM as a resource to provide valuable background in understanding materials issues related to our production processes and some aspects of our new product efforts. But, we are not materials engineers. I wonder if there is a significant set of ASM members who are in a similar situation? If so, are there learning and connection paths that these members find most useful?
Professor James Quinn's comments and suggestions were excellent. Let me expand a little on his comment about Professional Training Courses: ASM has a series of courses, among them most successful is their course on "Metallurgy for Non-Metallurgists". It is offered at Materials Park in Ohio but please talk to their education people whether they may be able to present a class at your facility. They may even tailor the class to fit your knowledge requirements. Another possibility is through your local ASM member chapter: I have been involved in the past with two chapters that prepared a program of appropriate length and topics to fit an individual company's requirements. It may be a program of three to five days in duration, either consecutively or once a week for a number of weeks.
I hope these comments help. Good luck.
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