Materials Testing Lab

Student working in the Materials Testing labIn the materials testing lab students learn how to evaluate properties of materials that are used to build products.

The picture at the right shows a student working in the material testing lab.

Hardness testersHardness testers

The hardness testers allow students to evaluate how hard a material is. This is critical in determining its suitability for use in applications and for determining how it can be machined for manufacturing.


Microscopes help students examine the microstructure of materials, including grain size of steel which strongly influences the material's strength.