Metallurgical Technicians

Metallurgy involves processing and converting metals into usable forms. Metallurgical technicians work in support of metallurgical engineers, metallurgists, or materials scientists. These jobs involve the production, quality control, and experimental study of metals. Metallurgical technicians may conduct tests on the properties of metals, develop and modify test procedures and equipment, analyze data, and prepare reports. During recent years, metallurgists have extended their research to include nonmetallic materials such as ceramics, glass, plastics, and semiconductors. The field of study has grown so broad that it is sometimes referred to as materials science, and technicians are called materials science technicians.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Materials Science Technicians, Metallographers, Metallurgical Laboratory Technicians, Metallurgical Observers, Metallurgical Research Technicians
Duties Help metallurgical engineers develop new types of metal alloys and adapt existing materials to new uses; some also work with nonmetallic materials
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship or part-time experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Metallurgical Engineer, or Metallurgist, or Materials Scientist
  • Specialist or Production Supervisor
  • Metallurgical Technician

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