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Metallurgical and materials engineers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 2142

Metallurgical and materials engineers conduct studies of the properties and characteristics of metals and other non-metallic materials and plan, design and develop machinery and processes to concentrate, extract, refine and process metals, alloys and other materials such as ceramics, semiconductors and composite materials. Metallurgical and materials engineers are employed in consulting engineering firms, mining, metal processing and manufacturing companies, and in government, research and educational institutions.

Job Duties for Metallurgical and materials engineers

  • Conduct studies and design, develop and specify the processes, and machinery to concentrate, extract, refine and process metals from ores
  • Conduct studies on the properties and characteristics of materials and design, develop and specify processes for moulding, shaping, forming and thermal treatment of metals, alloys and metallic systems, ceramics, semiconducting and other materials
  • Conduct chemical and physical analytical studies, failure analyses and other studies and recommend material selection, design of materials, corrosion control measures, operational testing and other procedures
  • Co-ordinate production testing and control of metal refining, smelting or foundry operations or non-metallic materials production operations
  • Supervise technologists, technicians and other engineers and scientists.

Working Conditions for Metallurgical and materials engineers

Work is usually completed in an school or office environment.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Ceramics Engineer
  • Coal Preparation Consulting Engineer
  • Corrosion Engineer
  • Electrometallurgical Engineer
  • Extractive Engineer
  • Extractive Metallurgy Engineer
  • Foundry Engineer
  • Hydrometallurgical Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Metallurgical Engineer
  • Physical Metallurgical Engineer
  • Pyrometallurgical Engineer
  • Refining And Metalworking Engineer
  • Smelting Plant Engineer
  • Welding Engineer
  • Ceramics Engineer
  • Corrosion Engineer
  • Electrometallurgical Engineer
  • Foundry Engineer
  • Hydrometallurgical Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Metallurgical Engineer
  • Physical Metallurgical Engineer
  • Pyrometallurgical Engineer
  • Welding Engineer