Metallurgical Engineer


Work Tasks

METALLURGICAL ENGINEERS are involved in the science and technology of metals and its production, and in extracting metals from ores. They apply physical and chemical methods to separate valuable minerals from their ores. They refine, alloy, cast, fabricate and heat treat the metals. They develop better ways to carry out operations. They develop new types of metal alloys and adapt existing materials to new ones. They usually work in one of three main branches of metallurgy: extractive or chemical (remove metals from ore, and refine and alloy), physical (study the properties of metal), and process (improve metal-working processes such as casting, forging, rolling, etc.).

Salary, Size & Growth

Entry Requirements

A bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited engineering program is usually required for beginning METALLURGICAL ENGINEERS. Many engineers obtain a master's degree to learn new technology, to broaden their education, and to increase advancement opportunities. Graduate training is essential for faculty positions. Registration requirements include a degree from an accredited engineering program, four years of relevant work experience, and a passing grade on two national examinations.