Metallurgist

 

 

OFO No: 214605

 

 

 

 

Other names for Metallurgist:

  • Assayer
  • Extractive Metallurgist
  • Industrial Metallurgist
  • Metallographer
  • Metals Scientist
  • Physical Metallurgist
  • Radiological Metallurgist

 

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Youtube clip – A Day in the Life of a Metallurgist

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What is a Metallurgist?

A Metallurgist is an engineer.

They study the characteristics and properties of metals. Some even have a geology background or work closely with Geologists.

A Metallurgist’s main job is to work out how to extract metals from ore.

There are 2 kinds of Metallurgists:

  • Chemical & Physical

They study the physical make up of metals and how metals react to corrosion, temperatures, etc

  • Process

They study how metals can be turned into something practical and useful

Metallurgists can work in many different sectors:

  • Mining
  • Heavy Metal Industries
  • Jewellery Manufacturing
  • Forensics
  • Car Manufacturing
  • Consulting (to companies and government) etc

What does a Metallurgist do?

  • investigates and conducts research
  • conducts laboratory experiments
  • monitors the production and alloying of metals
  • studies the make-up and properties of metals
  • determines the location of metal for mining
  • plans layouts of shafts and tunnels
  • advises on efficient and suitable methods of mining
  • liaises with geologists and other geophysical experts
  • evaluates profitability of mines

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in metals?
  • interested in science?
  • good at maths and science?
  • observant?
  • analytical?
  • responsible and reliable?
  • a team player?

How do I become a Metallurgist?

PATH 1

National Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering (Extraction Metallurgy)

Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Metallurgical Engineering

  • These can be done at some of the Universities of Technology
  • 3 years workplace experience (registered as a Candidate Engineering Technologist through ECSA)
  • Professional Review by ECSA
  • Designation: Only engineers registered with ECSA may use the title Professional Engineering Technologist.

PATH 2

Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry

or

Bachelor of Metallurgy 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

TRAINING:

  • 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.

https://www.ecsa.co.za/default.aspx

 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Geologist or Geophysical Technician

Is becoming a Metallurgist the right career choice for me?


Maths Required Qualification Required Science Required Work Outdoors