What's it like to be a Metallurgist?
Metallurgists are mineral experts specialising in the extraction of metals from their ores. They oversee, develop and test processes used in metal extraction and in the alloying and casting of materials to produce commercial metal products.
Tasks and duties
- Extracting metals and minerals from their ores by applying physical and chemical methods.
- Designing processes for mineral extraction and alloying.
- Advising operators on production and quality methods.
- Conducting microscopic, x-ray, x-ray diffraction and spectrographic studies of metals and alloys.
- Liaising with other professionals such as engineers, geologists, chemists and operators to find improved process efficiencies.
- Developing and overseeing implementation of environmentally friendly processes.
- Testing metals in use, recording data and advising on performance and shortcomings.
- Studying effects of radiation on metals exposed to nuclear environments.
- Supervising a team of metallurgists and technicians.
- Preparing budgets and technical reports.
Metallurgists often work in mines or metal production sites in collaboration with engineers and geologists, or in laboratories in a research capacity. They are employed by organisations in the mining and resources, finances, research and development and chemical engineering industries.
What can I earn as a Metallurgist?
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How to become a Metallurgist
- Complete a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline. This could be a Bachelor of Science majoring in Metallurgy, or a Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Metallurgical or Chemical Engineering. A Bachelor of Science typically takes three years to complete, while a Bachelor of Engineering usually includes three years of undergraduate study and one year of honours for a total of four years.
- Consider completing postgraduate study. This could be a Master of Engineering Science or Master of Applied Science.
- Students from recognised engineering and science degrees are eligible to join the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).
- If you are graduating from an accredited engineering degree, attain your Engineers Australia membership and register with the National Engineering Register (NER).
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