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Metallurgical Engineering
Metallurgical engineers extract, refine, and recycle metals.  They solve problems such as reducing corrosion, maintaining heat levels, and increasing the strength of a product.

They help develop or improve metals that are used in healthcare, in transportation, in defense, and in the entertainment industry. 

The work of a metallurgical engineer impacts most other engineering fields as they develop core materials that can enhance the function of many products and systems.

A bachelor's degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs. Admissions requirements for undergraduate engineering schools include a solid background in mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus) and science (biology, chemistry, and physics), and courses in English, social studies, humanities, and computer and information technology.

Bachelor's degree programs in engineering typically are designed to last 4 years, but many students find that it takes between 4 and 5 years to complete their studies. In a typical 4-year college curriculum, the first 2 years are spent studying mathematics, basic sciences, introductory engineering, humanities, and social sciences.

In the last 2 years, most courses are in engineering, usually with a concentration in one branch.  Metallurgical engineering students take courses such as Thermodynamics, Physical Metallurgy, Corrosion Engineering, Powder Metallurgy, Hydrometallurgy, and Electrometallurgy.

Those interested in a career in metallurgical engineering should consider reviewing engineering programs that are accredited by ABET, Inc. If you choose to attend a program that is not ABET accredited, you should be sure that the university is regionally accredited. The following is a list of universities offering accredited degree programs in metallurgical engineering. Be sure to check with ABET for updates and changes.

Students seeking metallurgical engineering jobs enhance their employment opportunities by participating in internship or co-op programs offered through their schools. These experiences provide the students with broad knowledge and experience, making them more attractive candidates to employers. Many universities offer co-op and internship programs for students studying metallurgical engineering. Click here for more information.

Metallurgical engineers are employed in many industries and work for companies refine, produce, manufacture and distribute metals.  Because metals are used in so many industries, employment can be in large companies or small consulting firms.

Professional Organizations

American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers
ASM International

Mining and Metallurgical Research Society of America

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration


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