The present investigation attempts to understand the friction welding characteristics of sintered P/M steel preforms-wrought copper dissimilar parts. In order to achieve sound weld between these two materials the process parameters were optimized and inferred that the preforms of lower densities with lower process parameters yields quality weldments, established through post-weld tests. This study also envisages the influence of process parameters which include resident preform densities, friction pressure, upset pressure, and burn-off length on microstructure and mechanical properties of the welds. This work consolidates information on the aspects of joining P/M component with wrought materials for practical execution. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.