Metallurgists research, control and develop processes that are used in extracting minerals from ore (rock) for refining metals.
Duties & Tasks
Metallurgists may perform the following tasks:apply physical and chemical methods to separate valuable minerals from their oresdesign processes to separate valuable minerals from ores and to reduce minerals to metals and alloysdesign and operate plants to produce concentrated mineral products and metalssupervise sampling from various stages of processing for laboratory analysis and testingmodify and develop processes to improve recovery and quality as well as to reduce waste and costsdevelop and operate processes to meet environmental requirementssupervise a team of metallurgists, technicians and other workersadvise operators on production methods and quality control systemscommunicate with other professionals (such as geologists, mining engineers, chemists, administrators and managers) to improve efficienciescontrol expenditure and prepare budgets and technical reports.
Metallurgists work at mines, mineral processing sites, laboratories, research centres or offices. They usually work with other professionals such as mining or construction engineers, geologists, mineralogists, technicians and tradespeople.
- enjoy technical and engineering work willing to adhere to safety requirements able to identify, analyse and solve problems good oral and written communication skills practical and creative able to work independently or as part of a team able to accept responsibility.