Recommended Reference Books 

We recommend that you bring at least one reference from each category when you sit for the Metallurgical and Materials PE exam, but only bring references that you are familiar with.

General Materials Science

  • ASM Metals Handbook, Desk Edition, 1st or 2nd Edition
  • J.P. Schaffer, A. Saxena, S.D. Antolovich, T.H. Sanders, Jr., S.B. Warner, The Science and Design of Engineering Materials, 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill
  • W.D. Callister, Jr., Materials Science and Engineering, 9th Edition, John Wiley & Sons
  • C.B. Carter and M.G. Norton, Ceramic Materials: Science and Engineering, Springer
  • ASM Handbook, Vol. 21 Composites, ASM International
  • Ronald F. Gibson, Principles of Composite Material Mechanics, CRC Press, 2011


  • Pierre R. Roberge, Corrosion Engineering: Principles and Practice, McGraw-Hill, 2008
  • Process Industries Corrosion, NACE International, 1986
  • Guide to the Use of Materials in Waters, NACE International, 2003

Mechanical Metallurgy

  • G. Dieter, Mechanical Metallurgy. 3rd Edition, 1986, McGraw-Hill
  • R.W. Hertzberg, Deformation and Fracture Mechanics of Engineering Materials, 5th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2012

Transport Phenomena

  • D.R. Poirier and G.H. Geiger, Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing, 1998, Addison Wesley

Physical Metallurgy

  • R. Abbashian, Physical Metallurgy Principles, 2008
  • S. Avner, Introduction to Physical Metallurgy, latest edition, McGraw-Hill
  • G. Krauss, Steels, Processing, Structure, and Performance, ASM International, 2005

Additional Volumes

Candidates are advised to bring with them to the exam:
  • ASM Metals Handbook, Desk Edition
  • Callister, Schaffer, or equivalent
  • Dieter
  • Hertzberg
  • Krauss
  • A basic statistics book
  • Other texts or references they would wish to consult during the exam
It is generally not necessary to purchase the latest editions of these textbooks. 

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