Metallurgical and materials engineers design and develop processes/equipment to concentrate, extract, refine, and process metals/other materials.
Metallurgical and materials engineers perform some or all of the following duties:
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.