Roles and responsibilities
- apply physical and chemical methods to separate valuable minerals from their ores
- work out temperature adjustments, raw material mixtures and other processing variables to make metals
- conduct studies of metals and alloys before and during processing to determine their properties
- supervise sampling from various stages of processing for laboratory analysis and testing
- examine metal processing techniques to make sure that quality is maintained and to improve processing or develop new methods
- investigate whether methods being used are the cheapest, most efficient and environmentally acceptable
- supervise and coordinate the work of technicians and other workers
- advise operators on production methods and quality control systems
- investigate failure of components to identify the cause
- prepare technical reports
A career as a metallurgist will involve you in production, research and technical sales in companies which mine and process metals, in manufacturing industries involving metals and in related research organisations such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). You may also find employment in government departments.
Some metallurgists find employment in educational institutions and in marketing and technical sales for companies dealing in metal products and coated products.