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Orton-ACerS Refractory Technology Program

The Edward Orton Jr. Foundation and The American Ceramic Society is pleased to offer our Refractory Technology Program. This program is designed for those who wish to take multiple courses for career advancement.

Our two refractory technology tracks offer a selection of courses for you to customize your learning journey for the skills you need to excel and advance in your job.

Courses are taught by Dr. Joseph Homeny and other Orton staff experts allowing students to gain the benefit of decades of refractory experience in industry and academia.


For students completing the certificate program

  • Learn new material and refresh your previous knowledge from leading experts

  • Improve job skills and performance

  • Improve chances for career advancement

  • A complimentary 1 year ACerS membership

For employers supporting their employees

  • Motivate and show their employees they value their role in the organization

  • Improve the performance of employees

  • Enhance the company’s competitive position

  • Improve your bottom line!

Two Technology Programs

Choose from one of two technology programs outlined below. A certificate will be awarded after the completion of the courses within a program. The registration rates for each course are listed on their respective web pages. Don’t delay, jump-start your career today!

Refractory Technology Certificates
(Two certificates available through Orton Ceramics)
Basic Refractory Technology

Complete the following courses:

  • Refractory Fundamentals (registration is now open for the September 15 course!)

  • Characterization of Refractory Microstructures

  • Properties of Refractories

  • Property Measurements of Refractories Laboratory Instruction (Held live at Orton Ceramics)

Intermediate Refractory Technology

Complete the following courses:

  • Manufacturing/Processing of Refractories

  • Drying and Firing of Refractory

  • Design and Failure of Refractories

  • Processing of Refractories Laboratory Instruction (Held live at Orton Ceramics)

Instructor Bio

Joseph Homeny is technical director of the Edward Orton Jr. Ceramic Foundation, Westerville, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. in ceramic engineering from Pennsylvania State University and M.S. and B.S. degrees from Rutgers University. He has industrial refractories experience in the research laboratories of the J.E. Baker Company and North American Refractories Company, and industrial glass experience at Owens Corning. Prior to joining Orton in 1992, he was a professor in the ceramic engineering department of University of Illinois. Homeny is active in the refractories and advanced ceramic committees of ASTM.


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