Decoding Failure Course

Learn how to examine and interpret fractured parts



Develop skills to diagnosis how parts failed by examining their fracture surfaces.



Learn by holding and examining over fifty broken parts from actual equipment failures.



Discover more from broken parts than ever before and apply this information towards root cause investigations.

Decoding Mechanical Failures

by S. Turcott

“Fractography is a subtle art that is not captured well in books” – Until now!

This course reviews and builds upon the material covered in the book Decoding Mechanical Failures by Shane Turcott.

Book coming Summer 2020

Course Overview

Understanding why something failed is critical to developing effective solutions. The greatest source of information is the broken part itself. This course teaches how to examine parts that had failed by fatigue, ductile and brittle fracture.

This course includes hands-on examination of fifty failed components to develop practical skills. Stereomicroscopes are provided to reveal the subtle details useful to learning and diagnosis. After reviewing how to diagnose the different mechanical fracture modes, a series of failed parts are used to challenge participants and further expand their understanding. Whether experienced or just beginning, this course will challenge participants and enhance their understanding of failure analysis.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, inspectors, metallurgists and reliability personnel.

“I’ve taken many industrial courses dealing with failure analysis, but none of them have ever come close to this one.”
— Mark Gharghoury, Material Specialist

“My favourite part of the day was actually looking at failures, looking at the signs to show what type of failure it was.”
— Cody Boutilier, Mechanical Engineer

Determining the precise cause of failure is critical.

Hands-on learning over actual broken parts provides real value for anyone who deals with component failures through reliability, design, quality or inspection.

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Tentative schedule for upcoming courses.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, course registration is not yet open.

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November 26, 2020 – Hamilton (Toronto), Canada

January 28, 2021 – Houston, TX

March 1, 2021 – Banff, AB (IPEIA Conference)

May 5, 2021 – Hamilton (Toronto), Canada

June 7, 2021 – San Antonio, TX (API Summit)

September 9, 2021 – Detroit, MI

September 16, 2021 - Hamilton (Toronto), Canada

October 14, 2021 – New Orleans, LA