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.
See our handbook for more course information.
What jobs can the Metallurgical Engineering Major (BEng Hons) 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
- Graduate Diploma in Metallurgy
- Master of Engineering Management
- Master of Professional Engineering (Metallurgical Engineering)
- Master of Philosophy
- Doctor of Philosophy
What you'll learn
- apply scientific and engineering principles to metallurgical process development including sound risk management, environmental and OHS practice
- think critically and creatively to generate innovative solutions and apply logical and rational processes to analyse metallurgical technology practice
- access, evaluate and synthesise 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
- demonstrate respect for cultural diversity in professional life
- work ethically and professionally, both within a team and independently