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
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
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
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
ABET, Inc. If you choose to attend a program that is not ABET accredited, you should be sure that the university
is regionally accredited.
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.
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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.
Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers
and Metallurgical Research Society of America
Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration