Extractive metallurgists extract and purify metals and other products from ores obtained through mining operations. They have a strong understanding of chemistry, environmental science and mineralogy.
In this course you will learn to develop, optimise and manage the operation of metallurgical processing plants in an economical and environmentally responsible way. These plants transform low-value raw materials into useful, high-value mineral and metal products.
You’ll cover the chemical, physical, economic, environmental and sustainable principles and practices for the extraction of metals from ores.
Your first year of study will be at our main campus, Curtin Perth. You will complete your second year at Curtin Perth or Curtin Kalgoorlie, and your final year will be at Curtin Kalgoorlie, which can help you maximise your exposure to industry and potential future employers.
This major sits within the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree.
Double degree options
You can study a Bachelor of Science (Extractive Metallurgy) with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)
How this course will make you industry ready
Curtin has well-equipped laboratories for hands-on training, and there are excellent vacation work opportunities and graduate employment programs.
What jobs can the Extractive Metallurgy lead to?
- Plant metallurgist
- Process metallurgist
- Processing consultant
- Banking and finance
- Minerals and mining
- Research and development
What you'll learn
- apply minerals and metallurgical scientific principles to metallurgical process operation
- access, evaluate and synthesise minerals and metallurgical information from multiple sources
- communicate in ways appropriate to the discipline of minerals engineering and metallurgy
- use and apply technologies, recognising their advantages and limitations, when applied to minerals and metallurgical information
- demonstrate responsibility and self-learning skills by applying critical reflection and being proactive
- describe and apply international best practice standards in minerals engineering and metallurgical methods and technologies
- think critically and creatively to generate innovative solutions and apply logical an rational processes to analyse minerals and metallurgical technology practice
- demonstrate respect for cultural diversity in professional life
- work ethically and professionally, both within a team and independently