Training and Education

 A traditional strength of FIA, the Association offers a wide range of industry specific training to meet your operational needs.


Led by well regarded and knowledgeable industry instructors, FIA offers training courses on:

Induction Heating
Introduction/refresher training for shop employees who maintain, set up and operate induction heating equipment.

Die Lubrication

Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metallurgy
Seminars provide an understanding of metallurgical principles involved in the forging process, from steel making through final testing of forgings.

Theory of Applications of Forging and Die Design
A four-day course dealing with the interaction of forging principles and design practices.

Theory of Press Forging Applications and Die Design
A four-day course on tool design practices for presses with emphasis on quick tool change and press operation.


Die Life

Tooling Improvement

First Line Supervisory Development
A three-day seminar focusing on the continued development of your organization’s first line supervisors.

Hammer Maintenance Workshop
This two-day workshop provides an explanation of the various elements of the hammer to provide an understanding of how they work and influence other parts of the hammer and the forging process.

Press Maintenance Workshop
This two-day school introduces participants to the different types of mechanical eccentric and crankshaft presses. It will provide an explanation of the various elements of the press to provide an understanding of how they work and their influence on other parts of the press and forging process.

Best Practices for Workplace Safety Workshop
Safety professionals from FIA Member forge shops will share their best safety practices with you in this one-day workshop.

 Distance Education

Free to FIA members, the Forging University, a web-based, interactive, online training center offers over 100 training courses, 24/7, to any member company employee from any Internet connected computer, anywhere in the world. Forging-specific courses include: Fundamentals of Forging 101, Metallurgy, Induction Heating, Die Lubrication, Heat Treatment, Safety Orientation and Hammer and Press Safety. Courses on topics of OSHA compliance, supervision, sales, customer service and more are also available.


 Forge Fair

FIA’s triennial conference and exhibition dedicate to the metal forging process features the products and services of the world’s leading industry suppl Forging company executives from over 15 countri normally attend. Attendees include over 2/3 of all North American forging companies.


Forging Industry Technical Conference

Held every two years, this conference reports out industry collaborative and university-based technical research to senior management, plant managers and engineers and all persons interested in technical advances.


Marketing Workshop

Normally held in September, this workshop is geared toward the senior level sales and marketing executives of forging and supplier companies.

The purpose is three-fold: to review and forecast common end use forging markets; to motivate; and to refresh sales and marketing skills.

See calendar of events for a current listing of upcoming seminars and workshops.