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Metallurgical Engineering


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Program Description

Metallurgical engineering involves the study, innovation, design, implementation, and improvement of processes that transform mineral resources and metals into useful products that improve the quality of our lives. This includes processing materials, like metals and alloys, to extract, refine and recycle metals. Without metallurgical engineering, we would not have the components we need to build buildings, aircraft, trains, ships, or even mountain bikes. Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the Metallurgical Engineering curriculum consists of coursework across the three main areas of metallurgy: mineral processing, chemical metallurgy, and phsycial metallurgy. Additional classes cover topics like metallurgical thermodynamics, fluid flow, kinetics, and heat and mass transport, as well as the general sciences (chemistry, engineering, physics, and math). Because society is so dependent on metals, metallurgical engineering has become an increasingly important area of study: continued economic and technical progress will depend on further advances in metal and mineral technology. If you want to join the next generation of groundbreaking engineers, consider studying Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Utah.

The Student Experience

For a more enriching academic experience, consider completing an internship or undergraduate research project, allowing you to gain real-world experience while still in school. Outside the classroom, students can get involved by joining a professional organization or club. Options include the department’s Student Advisory Committee, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Society for Mining Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), or the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).

Career Opportunities

Metallurgical engineering will prepare you for a number of careers. Consider becoming a metallurgist (someone who works with metals or refines them), meteorologist, climatologist, hydrologist, mining engineer, or industrial engineer. U grads have found work as engineering laboratory technicians, teachers, and research and development engineers and technicians. If you decide to attend graduate school, consider pursuing degrees in areas such as metallurgical engineering or mechanical engineering. You will then be able to find work as a professor or research scientist.

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Exploratory Classes

  • MET E 1610 - Intro to Extractive Metallurgy
  • MET E 1630 - Introduction to Metallurgical Engineering Part 1 (particle and chemical processing)
  • MET E 1640 - Introduction to Metals/Metallurgical Engineering
Last Updated: 11/5/18