Online and in-person courses

Introduction to Examining Failures – Online

Learn to Recognize Fracture Features

When a part fails, its fracture surface contains evidence as to how it failed.  This online course introduces how to interpret mechanical fracture features.  Attendees will learn to recognize ductile, brittle and fatigue features plus how to apply this to a failure analysis investigation.

This online course includes a workbook which participants will use to practice and hone their skills.  To ensure adequate time to deliver the course package, registration will end two weeks before the course start.  So register early!

One Day Course (8 hours), $495/participant.

Limited to Canada & United States (for now).

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Course Date Registration Ends
Friday, June 18 June 6 Register now!
Friday, October 22 October 10 Register now!

Handling Mechanical Failures – In-Person Course

Hands-On Learning to Interpret Fracture Features

This is our flagship course.  There is no better way to learn how to investigate failed parts than actually holding and studying broken parts.  This course includes hands-on examination of fifty failed components to develop practical skills. Stereomicroscopes are provided to reveal the subtle details useful to 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.

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Decoding Mechanical Failures

by S. Turcott

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

This course expands upon the topics in the book Decoding Mechanical Failures and is intended to mature knowledge into practical skills by:

  • Providing more failed parts to hold, examine and learn from than most people see in years.
  • Teaching how to use a stereomicroscope to recognize additional fracture features.
  • Conducting exercises to simulate failure analysis investigations and developing preventative solutions.

One day course that can be held at your facility ($8k + travel, up to 16 participants). Or individually register for an up-coming class ($995/participant). Due to COVID-19, this course is temporarily on hold.


Course Date Location  
June 7, 2021 San Antonio, TX (API Summit) Registration coming soon
September 16, 2021 Hamilton (Toronto), Canada Registration coming soon