How to become a Metallurgical Technician

Metallurgical technicians test materials as part of mineral processing and metal refining, or for research purposes, and provide technical support to metallurgical engineers.

Personal requirements of a Metallurgical Technician

  • enjoy technical and engineering activities
  • analytical skills
  • enjoy mathematics and science
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • aptitude for working with computers.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.2%

NSW 16.6%

NT 2.5%

QLD 29.3%

SA 5%

TAS 1.3%

VIC 8.7%

WA 36.5%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 83.5%

Female 16.5%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 16.2%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 8.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 30.4%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 6.9%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 23.1%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 15%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 21.8%

Above 35 years: 77.4%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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