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Metal Forming Operations for the Process Engineer

William N. Weaver, P.E. and John C. Huang, Ph.D., P.E.

Course Outline

Metal forming operations are the basic processes used in the construction of process equipment; these processes are generally used to construct the vessels, heat exchangers, pipes and all other equipment for the facility. It thus becomes critical that the Process Engineer (and others) understand the basics of this technique.

This course provides a base upon which a detailed understanding of the metal forming processes can be built. An understanding of some of the various metal forming operations is provided, which need to be understood by the engineer in order to build and maintain his / her facility.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this material the student will:

Intended Audience

The intended audience is engineers responsible for the design and fabrication of new process equipment and maintenance of existing equipment and facilities.

Benefits to Attendee

On completion of the course the student will have increased his / her understanding of the fabrication of new process equipment and how metallic repair components can be built.

Course Introduction

This course offers an introduction to the various metal forming processes that the design and maintenance of a facility. Understanding of these processes enhances the engineer’s ability to design and maintain equipment.

Course Content

The material contained in this course covers the basic metal forming processes, metal forming equipment types and capacities.

The course content is in the following PDF file:

Metal Forming Operations for the Process Engineer

The attachments, sketches and samples are in the following files:

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Sketches 1 to 6

Samples 1 to 3

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ourse Summary

Being able to obtain equipment to exact calculated size for new equipment is increasingly important as quality and productivity requirements are tightened. Likewise the ability of the engineer to obtain replacement parts to increase the life of critical equipment is generally a worthwhile cost cutting effort.

The investment of a small amount of time looking at metal forming equipment and watching certain basic forming processes in action pays strong dividends in an engineer’s career.

This personal educational effort is generally neglected by colleges but is easily obtained and enhances the engineer’s capabilities and value to his / her employer.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.