Metallurgical engineers mostly work in converting raw metals and minerals into more useable formats, such as converting iron ore and coal into steel. They extract, refine and recycle metals and minerals that are used in many areas of everyday life, including energy production, food production, housing and transportation.
In this major you will learn to design, develop, optimise and manage the operation of metallurgical processing plants that transform low-value raw materials into useful, high-value mineral and metal products – and in an economical and environmentally responsible way.
You’ll gain a thorough grounding in chemical and physical engineering, economic, environmental and sustainable principles, and the extraction of metals from ores. This course also includes a strong management component.
Following your Engineering Foundation Year (EFY) at Curtin Perth, you can go directly to Curtin Kalgoorlie, or study your second year in Perth before completing your third and fourth years in Kalgoorlie. Studying in Kalgoorlie will provide you with meaningful exposure to the resources sector.
You can study a Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgical Engineering) with a Bachelor of Commerce.
What jobs can the Metallurgical Engineering lead to?
- Metallurgical engineer
- Minerals engineer
- Process control specialist
- Process engineer
- Process mineralogy specialist
- Pyrometallurgy specialist.
- Banking and finance
- Equipment design and sales
- Food production
- Mining and minerals processing
- Research and development
What you'll learn
- Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of fundamental science, mathematics, data analytics, information science, and computing underpinning the broad field of engineering, GC1
- Solve complex metallurgical engineering problems of industrial and societal significance through the application of discipline-specific and integrated bodies of knowledge, design and sustainability principles, GC1
- Make decisions related to the design and implementation of solutions to engineering problems in a safe, ethical, and climate-responsible manner adhering to legal and professional standards and through respectful partnerships with local First Peoples and other diverse cultures as globally responsible citizens, GC4, GC5
- Apply systems thinking for innovative solutions to global metallurgical engineering challenges, discern knowledge and undertake applied research in a discipline of metallurgical engineering, GC2
- Select and use current and emerging technologies to develop and communicate effective and innovative engineering solutions to complex problems, GC3
- Demonstrate lifelong learning habits, teamwork and leadership abilities, project management skills, and the ability to identify opportunities for career-wide professional growth, necessary for advancing a career in engineering and beyond, GC6