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There are several learning opportunities at EDU'18. Enhance your learning experience and advance your career at EDU '18 by adding a workshop before and/or after the conference. The following educational workshops will be offered as optional add-on events during EDU ’18. Alternatively, you may choose to register for the workshops only. Registration for add-on workshops includes breakfast, lunch and course materials. Register for the workshops from our events page at or by following the links below.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Determining the Strength of Aluminum Extruded Members Seminar
Instructor: Randy Kissell, PE, Trinity Consultants
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $450 (AEC members*); $650 (nonmembers)

Aluminum extrusions are often used where they must provide structural support – for example, as framing members in screened enclosures around swimming pools, as mullions in curtain walls, or as beams supporting flatbed trailers for highway use.  For successful applications of these types, designers must be able to determine the forces that the extrusions can withstand.  Aluminum extrusions have a great advantage over other products for such applications because they can readily be produced in custom and complicated cross sections.  The down side, though, is that it can be difficult to calculate the strength of members made of such shapes. 

The Specification for Aluminum Structures, published by the Aluminum Association, provides tools to overcome this challenge, enabling designers to exploit the versatility of aluminum extrusions.  The purpose of this session is to teach designers how to use these powerful tools.

The course will cover a wealth of topics, including:

  • Alloys & tempers
  • Aluminum extrusions
  • Material properties
  • Structural design overview
  • compression members
  • Flexural members
  • Design for serviceability
  • Mechanical connections
  • Welded connections & and much more.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Select suitable aluminum extrusion alloys and tempers for a given application.
  • Assess the forces and moments an aluminum extrusion is able to safely withstand.
  • Identify the strength of a connection between different aluminum extrusions; and
  • Outline serviceability requirements for aluminum extrusions.


AEC is an approved provider through the American Institute of Architects (AIA). This one-day course has been approved as AIA CES Registered.

Credit: 6.5 AIA LU/HSW hours


*If you are an AEC member, be sure to log in before registering for the Workshop to obtain the member rate!


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Anodizing Essentials Workshop
Instructors: Various AAC Member Experts
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $400 (AAC members*); $800 (nonmembers)

Anodizing Essentials is part of the “school for anodizers”, produced by the Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC), that teaches more than the fundamentals. Experienced industry practitioners and trouble-shooters provide details on the foundation of quality anodizing. This workshop is designed to increase the knowledge and ability of anyone involved in operating an anodizing line.

Anodizing Essentials is the answer to those who seek a basic program in how to anodize aluminum … and how to do it properly. This one-day program for anodizers teaches the fundamentals and the foundation of quality anodizing. This basic course explains how to anodize aluminum properly and was developed by anodizing professionals for anodizing professionals. Leading anodizing professionals will present what they know best—anodizing—with a focus on achieving a quality anodized product. A question and answer session at the end of the course will help attendees further understand the concepts presented.

With an emphasis on quality, the program takes the learner through the entire process – beginning with the metallurgical properties of aluminum alloys commonly anodized right through to the final rinse and sealing processes. This course is ideal for those who may be new to working the anodizing line, as well as those who oversee the process or who may simply want a refresher – a reminder of best practices.

Course Outline:

Anodizing Overview & Anodizing Video
This session will focus specifically on the Anodizing Step prior to expanding into a step-by-step breakdown of the total anodizing process.

Metallurgy Basics for Aluminum Surfaces
An overview of Aluminum Metallurgy and the impact the alloy composition and microstructure have on the surface will be presented.

The effects of masking and racking practices on the anodizing process and resultant end product will be discussed.

Cleaning & Rinsing
The technology and problem solving behind cleaning and rinsing processes will be covered.

Etch & Desmut
The technology and problem solving behind etching and deoxidation processes will be covered.

Bright Dipping
The technology and problem-solving techniques for bright dip processes will be discussed.

Anodizing Basics for Aluminum Surfaces
The aluminum alloy designation system is presented, along with an overview of metallurgical structure and properties as they influence the formation and appearance of the anodic oxide layer. Practical aspects facing the anodizer are highlighted and explained, with an aim toward delivering a quality finish.

Power – Rectifiers & Transformers for the Aluminum Surface Treatment Industry
The roles and functions of rectifiers and transformers, along with their effects on the anodizing process, will be explained.

Dyeing & Electrolytic Coloring
Architectural and decorative coloring techniques will be covered, along with a brief introduction to interference and decomposition technologies. Problem-solving and troubleshooting will be addressed.

Sealing the Anodic Oxide
The fundamentals of the sealing process will be discussed, including how to choose the best seal for various end uses.

Safety / Waste Treatment
Safety in the anodize area will be briefly discussed. Included will be a discussion about chemical handling and general safety in the Anodize area and on the line.

Waste treatment will cover the basics of removing metals from the Anodize waste stream. This will include water conservation and line management as it applies to waste treatment. The importance of accurate reporting and what is required of the Anodizer will also be discussed.

*AAC members: be sure to log in as a member before registering for the Workshop to obtain the member rate!


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Thursday May 17, 2018

Extrusion Excellence Course
Instructor: Dr. Wojciech Z. Misiolek, Director of the Loewy Institute at Lehigh University
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $450 (AEC Members*); $650 (nonmembers)

The Extrusion Excellence short course is an intensive one-day educational seminar that brings together aluminum extrusion theory and practice and provides a fundamental engineering approach to the aluminum extrusion process.

Many people in the aluminum extrusion industry have production experience but have not had formal training in engineering and metallurgy as they pertain to the aluminum extrusion process. 

You will gain a well-rounded education on the fundamentals of the aluminum extrusion process in this intensive one-day course. The topics taught will enable you to offer your customers better assistance and help you better understand their needs.  This course will help you:

  • Better understand engineering fundamentals
  • Improve personnel safety
  • Increase product quality and extrusion productivity
  • Leverage competitiveness through better understanding of process and throughput.

The topics covered in this course will include the extrusion process from billet production through the press to the runout table, including:

  • Extrusion Concepts
  • Aluminum Extrusion Alloys
  • Aluminum Billet Metallurgy
  • Extrudabiity
  • Metal Flow Analysis
  • Extrusion Dies
  • Quality Assurance
  • Current Technological Developments.

*Be sure to log in as a member before registering for the Workshop to obtain the member rate!


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