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Use and characteristics of steel


This minor will be offered through FITech for the last time in the academic year 2021-2022. Please also note that the application deadline for courses belonging to a minor that are offered in the spring semester is exceptionally already on November 1st. Please check the individual courses for updates regarding future availability.

University of Oulu offers minor studies on steel know-how in the Materials and Production Technology research group.

The steel know-how minor focuses on the characteristics of steel and the use of steels in the manufacturing industries. Utilising the new strong steels makes it possible to considerably develop the lifetime characteristics of a product. This gives the manufacturer of the product a clear competitive advantage, enabling a stable and if necessary, a growing market share as well as profitable business operations.

The strength of new grades of steel has increased considerably recently as their behaviour has changed both from the point of view of manufacturing and design. The current design guidelines often apply to traditional steels, with which it is not possible to make use of the characteristics that are enabled by the new grades of steel for various components and structures.

Increasing strength enables the minimisation of the weight of a steel structure and/or component and this is of great importance especially in the vehicle industry for purposes such as increasing the size of loads carried, or in reducing the consumption of energy. In addition to design, it is necessary to know how strong steels can be used in machine shops in molding, processing and joining.

Mandatory courses:

  • Muokkauksen ja muovauksen perusteet (465103A)
  • Metallien lämpökäsittely ja hitsaus (465104A)
  • Ohutlevytuotteiden muovausmenetelmät (465112S)
  • Hitsausmetallurgia (465111S)

Professor in charge

University of Oulu
Jari Larkiola, Professor

Contact person in practical matters

University of Oulu
Reijo Saari

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Technical studies
Mechanical engineering
5–30 ECTS
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Host university:
University of Oulu
Study is open for:
Adult learner,
Degree student
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General prerequisites:
Course Materials in machine shops (465102A) or similar background knowledge.
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