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Positive Material Identification

COURSE NO: T01-002
COURSE PROVIDER: Robert Steelhammer, P.E.
Positive Material Identification
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides basic information on Positive Material Identification testing method.


Positive Material Identification (PMI) is a method that engineers or technicians use to verify that supplied materials used in manufactured parts are conform to proper standards and specifications. Positive Material Identification is used in mining, jewelry analysis, manufacturing, and in the refining industry to prevent material mismatches. An accident at the BP Texas City refinery on July 28, 2005 demonstrated how material mismatches can be catastrophic. Therefore, The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board recommended PMI to prevent improper substitutions of alloys in hazardous process systems.


This 1 PDH online course is applicable to all engineers, design and construction personnel, technical staff and facility operators who are interested in gaining a better understanding of what Positive Material Identification is and what it is not.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with API Recommended Practice 578 that can be used when developing a PMI program
  • Learning about X-ray Florescence (XRF) PMI test method
  • Understanding the optical emission spectrometry (OES) PMI test method
  • Gaining a general overview on the chemical laboratory analysis test method
  • Exploring the qualitative method discussed in API Recommended Practice 578 which involves resistivity testing
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Positive Material Identification”, which is prepared by Robert Steelhammer, P.E.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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