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Metallurgist

Metallurgists are a subset of a larger category of physical science professionals. Metallurgists primarily study the processing and composition of various metals. They also do work on studying extraction processes.

Duties and tasks

  • Advising miners and others who work with metals on the proper process for separating minerals and metals from their ores
  • Assisting in producing commercial metal products
  • Developing new extraction and processing methods for metals
  • Observing and advising on welding, heat treating, casting, and alloying processes
  • Researching and studying the composition of metals

Skills required

  • Active listening skills
  • Excellent knowledge of physical science
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Reading comprehension
  • Use of logic, critical thinking, and reasoning to solve complex problems

Working conditions

Metallurgists are found in a variety of settings. They may work in commercial labs or for other private industries. They also may work for governments or in university or other academic settings.

Professional associations / Industry information

Materials Australia
The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

Related jobs and job titles

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Geologist
  • Materials Engineer
  • Materials Scientist
  • Metallurgical Engineer
  • Minerals Engineer

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