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Other names for Metallurgical Engineer:
- Alloy Design Engineer
- Corrosion Engineer
- Electrometallurgical Engineer
- Extraction Engineer
- Extraction Metallurgical Engineer
- Flotation Metallurgical Engineer
- Mining Process Engineer
- Ore Processing Engineer
- Physical Metallurgical Engineer
- Pyro Metallurgical Engineer
- Welding Engineer
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What is a Metallurgical Engineer?
Metallurgy is the science of metals and making sure the right metal is used for a job, or converting the chemical compound so it’s perfect for a job.
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A Metallurgical Engineer’s main focus is the conversion of raw metal to something useful.
They often work in:
- Steel and iron industries
- Copper or aluminium industries
- Jewellery manufacturing (precious metals) etc
Metallurgical Engineers may specialise in mines or manufacturing plants, or work in both.
What does a Metallurgical Engineer do?
- travels to various sites (some remote)
- studies the properties of metals
- performs experiments to determine strengths and weaknesses of metals
- changes formulas so make metals stronger and safer
- works on mines
- determines where mining should take place
- oversees extraction processes
- develops new alloys (mixtures of metals)
- liaises with other engineers
- establishes safety standards
- uses advanced equipment (xrays, spectrographs etc)
- keeps up to date with scientific and technical data
Are you . . . ?
- interested in engineering?
- good at maths and science?
- interested in metals?
- a team player?
- an accurate worker?
- responsible and reliable?
- a good communicator?
How do I become a Metallurgical Engineer?
Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry
Bachelor of Metallurgy Engineering
Bachelor of Minerals Engineering
- These can be done at some of SA’s universities
- 3 years workplace experience (registered as a Candidate Engineer)
- Professional Review by ECSA
- Designation: Only engineers registered with ECSA may use the title Professional Engineer
- CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
- Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
- To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions.
- ENGINEERING COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICA (ECSA)
ECSA is the national body that regulates professional engineers.
Is becoming a Metallurgical Engineer the right career choice for me?