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Professional Engineers Board (Singapore) had approved UTC as course organizer in professional training (PEB/APP/CO-00455).

UTC’s Experts and guest lecturers from industries with extensive experience provide lectures to public to share their knowledge and industrial experience.



Dr George YU is Registered Chartered Engineer (UK) and API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector with American Petroleum Institute (USA), Executive Committee Member of The Institute of Materials (East Asia) and Technical assessor/expert of Singapore Accreditation Council. Dr YU has more than 30 years of relevant industrial work and research experience in metallurgy, failure analysis and forensic investigation. As lead author, he published a number of technical papers in referred international journals and conferences. As expert witness, Dr YU attended a series of court hearings and legal litigations including Committee of Inquiry (COI) on two major MRT disruptions in 2011 and fatal crane incident at National Arts Gallery. As Principal Investigator, he successfully completed more than 1000 relevant projects. Dr YU had correctly determined the root cause of the worst massive MRT disruption on 7 July, 2015 and his views had been published on Top of The News in Straits Times (A4, 30 July 2015). His investigation and recommendations on two major roller coaster incidents (the operation shutdown for >1 year) resulted in significant improvements on safety and reliability of the system.


Applied Metallurgy

 - composition, microstructure, processes and performance of metals and alloys

This course is approved and subsidized by governmental agency, qualified for 14 PDUs by PEB (Professional Engineer Board), e2i training grant and PIC (40% cash payout) funding support.


Metals and alloys are most widely used engineering materials in the various industries, facilities and infrastructures. It is essential for those professionals/engineers to have a better understanding of what metals (ferrous and non-ferrous) are, how they behave, how they can be made stronger or more corrosion resistant, how they can be shaped by casting, forging, forming, machining, and joined by welding, brazing and soldering, and how these processes can alter properties, and what kind of failures on metals could be anticipated.

This course is designed to give an overview of metallurgy with emphasis on application of physical metallurgy & mechanical metallurgy, broaden and deepen the attendants’ knowledge and skills, help them to understand relationship between material’s microstructures, processing, properties and performance, and solve problems in design, manufacturing, product quality, and maintenance, communicate more effectively with technical colleagues and customers.


1. Brief history of metallurgy.
2. Extractive Metallurgy.
3. Phase diagrams
4. Mechanical Properties of metals
5. Steels (carbon steels, alloy steels, stainless steels, tool steels etc)
6. Cast Irons (grey cast iron, malleable cast iron, ductile cast iron, white cast iron).
7. Nonferrous Metals - aluminium, titanium, copper, nickel and their alloys.
8. Strengthening Mechanisms: Techniques used to strengthen the metals.
9. Metal Forming: Forging, rolling, extrusion.
10. Metal Casting.
11. Metal machining and its effects on metals.
12. Joining techniques: welding, brazing, and soldering.
13. Heat Treatment of metals.
14. Introduction to failures of metals and alloys: ductile and brittle fractures, fatigue, wear, corrosion, creep, stress corrosion cracking etc.
15. How to select metals and alloys in design and applications


This is an ideal course for anyone without metallurgy background who need to gain a better understanding of metals and alloys as well as their applications in various industries such as aerospace, marine, construction, electrical & electronics, oil & gas, refinery, transportation. It has been designed for those without previous training in metallurgy, including engineers and professionals in design, manufacturing, quality assurance, maintenance, technical staff in laboratory, sales and marketing personnel; purchasers, management and administrative staff.



Two days (11-12 Dec, 2017)


Industrial Failure Analysis

This course is approved and subsidized by governmental agency, qualified for 13 PDUs by PEB (Professional Engineer Board), PIC (40% cash payout) funding support. UTC had conducted a similar course for RSAF.




Failures often occur on products, facilities, infrastructures in various industrial sectors, not only resulting in huge economic loss but also fatalities in some cases. It’s critical and imperative to determine the failure cause(s), failure mechanism(s) and provide counter measures to prevent similar failure(s) recurrence in future. Effective failure analysis can not only enhance reliability and safety of products and infrastructures, but also improve the product quality and reduce operational cost and down time of facilities so that improve productivity.


This course is designed to provide an overview and solid foundation in understanding and performing industrial failure analysis by sharing relevant knowledge (not only just from textbooks but also from working practice) and discussing actual case studies (including cases submitted by delegates).



Part 1, Overview of industrial failure analysis

Part 2, Non-destructive examination

Visual, ultrasonic, X-ray, magnetic particle, dye penetration

Part 3, Analytical instruments and applications

Optical microscopy

Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)

Energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX)

Chemical element analysis

X-ray diffraction (XRD)

Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR)

Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)

Part 4, Failures - characteristics, mechanisms and prevention

Part 5, Case Studies.

Five to eight actual failure cases from different industrial sectors including aerospace, marine, transportation, construction, electronics, oil refinery will be discussed.



This course is ideal for engineering, maintenance and R&D staff in various industries such as manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, marine, construction, oil refinery, chemical, electronics, who are interested in solving problems, improve product quality, enhance reliability and safety. This course can also help management staff in understanding natures and mechanisms of the failures and make better decisions in case of failures.



Two days (11 – 12 July, 2017)