Technology Training

AIST hosts a wide variety of training programs that address specific process, engineering, equipment or reliability technologies associated with the global iron and steel industry. Let AIST help you enhance your industry education and strengthen your industry networking by attending one of our upcoming training programs.

►Training Programs Summary
Managing Technology

12–14 September 2017 

The assessment, selection and implementation of advanced technology in today’s modern steel plants are vital for facility operations and sustainability. The conference focuses on an individual facility, with technical presentations on their decision-making process, implementation and usage.

Sheet Processing and Finishing Lines

17–21 September 2017

Expand your knowledge with an in-depth review of process lines, including pickling, annealing, galvanizing, cleaning, plating, painting, skinpass rolling, leveling, slitting and special processes.  Terminal equipment for the entry and exit sections, strip quality assessment, and an overview of modeling for design and line control are among the individual topics scheduled to be discussed.

Material Handling and Transportation Logistics

10–12 October 2017

Moving steel safely, effectively and efficiently is a complex and challenging responsibility. This focus of this seminar is to ensure that the movement of steel changes at the same rapid rate of the overall steel industry. The program addresses the development of advanced material handling methods and technologies for within and outside of the steel plant.

Environmental Solutions

16–18 October 2017

Challenging EPA pressures, a changing workforce and increased market demands are some of the hurdles facing the steel industry. Attendees will be presented with design, operation and maintenance requirements for air emissions capture systems. Case studies will be reviewed that highlight real-world pitfalls and problems, and solutions will be presented to rectify the deficiencies in these systems. 

Continuous Casting

16–19 October 2017

An informative program targeting the heart of steelmaking:  the frontline operator. The key focus is to discuss the practical aspects of casting slabs, billets and blooms, while introducing the theoretical concepts. This course is a must for the progressive, informed and educated steelmaker of the future. 

2nd AIST-IAS Simposio de Grúas/Crane Symposium

23–25 October 2017

The symposium will deliver practical information and experiences from crane maintenance personnel, crane manufactures, equipment manufacturers and engineering consultants who strive to make electric overhead traveling (EOT) cranes and their runways the safest, most reliable, durable machinery and equipment in the industry.

Secondary Steelmaking Refractories

23–26 October 2017

Secondary steelmaking refractory maintenance is vital to both productivity and safety in a meltshop and caster.  Recognized industry experts have developed a curriculum to educate attendees on topics including refractory raw material selection, properties of refractories, application and limitations of refractories, and theory and application of insulation.

Maintenance Solutions

5–8 November 2017​

This workshop-based training seminar will provide attendees with hands-on instruction, information on tools, and the best available technologies for mechanical, electrical, lubrication, hydraulics, management system maintenance and reliability solutions.  Improvement in reliability is essential to assuring manufacturing results at the lowest cost.

Modern Electric Furnace Steelmaking

5–9 February 2018

The program explores the fundamentals of electric furnace steelmaking technology, the use of energy inputs, the steelmaking process, electrodes and environmental concerns for electric steelmaking.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how their operation compares to industry benchmarks, and to hear about the latest technologies.

Long Products Rolling

19–22 February 2018

This seminar will give an introduction to the process, equipment and ancillaries utilized to produce long products; the primary focus is on the process and equipment customarily found within the “rolling mill” building, i.e., reheat furnace, rolling mill and finishing end.



Hot Rolling Fundamentals

25 February – 1 March 2018​

A comprehensive overview of hot rolling, both strip and plate. The course covers fundamentals, metallurgical and quality requirements, equipment, rolling theory, control, rolls, temperature control, measurement, safety, and new technology. Attendees will leave this course with a better understanding of the basic metallurgy involved, the different types of products and their attributes and  the types of mills used and equipment involved with the mills.

The Making, Shaping and Treating of Steel: 101

Coming Spring 2018

This course concentrates on aspects critical to product design, application, cost and performance. It is essential that those involved in the production of iron and steel, from the operators to the suppliers, have an understanding of what steel is, how it is produced, and the effects of making, shaping and treatment on the final performance of steel products.

DRI: Logistics, Production and Utilization

Coming Spring 2018

The production and use of DRI in North America is increasing with the reduced price of natural gas due to advances in drilling technology. As such, DRI is becoming a more important feedstock to the steelmaking process. DRI: Logistics, Production and Utilization will focus on areas that include: raw materials and DRI handling and shipping, technologies to produce DRI, and the use of DRI to produce steel in electric arc furnaces, blast furnaces and basic oxygen furnaces.

Recent Developments in Plate Steels

3–6 June 2018

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This symposium focuses on the latest developments in plate steels by gathering state-of-the-art ideas and research from the plate steel R&D community. Processing and production of discrete, plate, hot rolled coil, and cut-to-length plate products, among other topics, and keynote presentations on selected topics will serve as a forum for technical exchange.

Crane Symposium

10–12 June 2018

The symposium will deliver practical information and experiences from crane maintenance personnel, crane manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, and engineering consultants who strive to make electric overhead traveling (EOT) cranes and their runways the safest, most reliable, and most durable machinery and equipment in the industry.

Steel Mill Combustion and Thermal Systems

Coming Fall 2018

Approximately 20% of the cost of producing steel is energy, and of this, a large component is fuel for thermal processing. Additionally, proper maintenance, and operation of the thermal systems in a steel plant have ramifications on safety, profitability, product quality and environmental emissions. The seminar will be held in a classroom setting to encourage active discussion and sharing of experiences among participants.

Pipe and Tube

Coming Fall 2018

Attendees will have a broad understanding of the role of pipe and tube in the growing energy markets by the conclusion of this course. Discussions include manufacturing methods for producing pipe and tube, as well as how steelmaking chemistry is responding to the challenges and opportunities presented by deep water and horizontal drilling.

Specialty Alloy and Foundry

Coming Spring 2019

An overview of melting, refining, and solidification in stainless and specialty steel mills and foundries is presented in this conference. Products, process cycles and safety will be discussed. Alloy chemistry, material selection, induction furnace melting, refractories, refining, ingot casting and re-melting will also be covered in detail.

Cold Rolling Fundamentals

Coming Spring 2019

This seminar provides a comprehensive overview of cold rolling, covering fundamentals, equipment, rolling theory, control, threading, rolls, lubrication, measurement, safety and new technology. Attendees will leave this course with a better understanding of the entire process, including the basic metallurgy involved, product attributes and the mills used and equipment involved.

Systems Automation

Coming Spring 2019

This conference will provide information about the complete L0, L1 and L2 systems available today for various rolling mill types. The presentations demonstrate what is available today, along with details of how individual mills may be configured. This knowledge will be useful for upgrading existing mills as well as new installations.

Scrap Supplements & Alternative Ironmaking

Coming Spring 2020

The latest developments and applications of alternative ironmaking processes are showcased in this conference, including processes that were designed to provide virgin iron units to the electric arc furnace sector, hot metal to steelmaking vessels or to process waste oxides in both blast furnace-based and EAF steel plants.

International Steel Academy

The AIST International Steel Academy provides world-class instruction focused on the fundamental elements required to produce quality steel products in today’s economy. The individual Making, Shaping and Treating of Steel (MSTS) courses range from the introductory MSTS 101, Steelmaking (MSTS 201),  Steel Shaping and Treating (MSTS 202) to the Practical  (MSTS 300) and Advanced (MSTS 400 series), which provide more detailed instruction and specialized topics.

Improving safety and health initiatives is the most important part of any metal-producing facility. Innovations with material handling and transportation will be highlighted. Presentations include improving safety cultures and how the changes are implemented in the work place. Safety networking among your peers is a foundational element, and benefit, of the conference.

New Developments in Advanced High-Strength Sheet Steels

Advanced high-strength sheet steels (AHSS) are of increasing importance, particularly to the automotive industry, where their application enables reduced fuel consumption while guaranteeing passive safety. The scope of the conference is to bring together the international community to highlight state-of-the-art research and development pertaining to AHSS.