Metallurgical Engineers

Metallurgical engineers develop new types of metal alloys and adapt existing materials to new uses. They manipulate the atomic and molecular structure of materials in controlled manufacturing environments, selecting materials with desirable mechanical, electrical, magnetic, chemical, and heat-transfer properties that meet specific performance requirements. Metallurgical engineers are sometimes also referred to as metallurgists. Metallurgical engineers are a subspecialty of materials engineers. There are approximately 24,190 materials engineers employed in the United States. 

Quick Facts
Duties Develop new types of metal alloys and adapt existing materials to new uses
Alternate Title(s) Chemical Metallurgists, Extractive Metallurgists, Mechanical Metallurgical Engineers, Metallographers, Metallurgists, Physical Metallurgists, Process Metallurgical Engineers
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Manager or College Professor
  • Supervisor
  • Metallurgical Engineer
  • Metallurgical Engineering Technician

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