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 ores
design processes to separate valuable minerals from ores and to reduce minerals to metals and alloys
design and operate plants to produce concentrated mineral products and metals
supervise sampling from various stages of processing for laboratory analysis and testing
modify and develop processes to improve recovery and quality as well as to reduce waste and costs
develop and operate processes to meet environmental requirements
supervise a team of metallurgists, technicians and other workers
advise operators on production methods and quality control systems
communicate with other professionals (such as geologists, mining engineers, chemists, administrators and managers) to improve efficiencies
control 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.