Profession metallurgist

Metallurgists and related professionals conduct research on, and design and develop and maintain commercial-scale methods of extracting metals from their ores, or minerals, water, oil or gas from the earth and of developing new alloys, ceramic and other materials, or study and advise on metallurgical aspects of particular materials, products or processes.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

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  • Alloys of precious metals

    Types of material that consist of two or more metals or non-metals.

  • Ferrous metal processing

    Various processing methods on iron and iron-containing alloys such as steel, stainless steel and pig iron.

  • Types of metal manufacturing processes

    Metal processes linked to the different types of metal, such as casting processes, heat treatment processes, repair processes and other metal manufacturing processes.

  • Precious metal processing

    Various processing methods on precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum.

  • Types of metal

    Qualities, specifications, applications and reactions to different fabricating processes of various types of metal, such as steel, aluminium, brass, copper and others.

  • Precious metals

    Types of rare metal that occur naturally and have a high economic value.

  • Metal forming technologies

    The variety of technologies and techniques, such as forging, pressing, stamping, rolling and others, used for the forming processes of metal product manufacturing.

  • Non-ferrous metal processing

    Various processing methods on non-ferrous metals and alloys such as copper, zinc and aluminium.

  • Metal and metal ore products

    The offered metal and metal ore products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.


  • Prepare technical reports

    Prepare technical reports that describe results and processes of scientific or technical research, or assess its progress. These reports help researchers to keep up to date with recent findings.

  • Work in metal manufacture teams

    Ability to work confidently within a metal manufacturing group with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole.

  • Join metals

    Join together pieces of metal using soldering and welding materials.

  • Manipulate metal

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of metal.

  • Follow environmental protection standards

    Know and adhere to environmental protection standards, in some cases through direct discussion with local governments to ensure compliance with legislative requirements.

  • Assess suitability of metal types for specific application

    Assess the physical nature and structural composition of various metals and alloys, and analyse how the materials behave in different circumstances.

Optional knowledge and skills

provide manufacturing documentation address problems critically design drawings ensure compliance with environmental legislation manufacturing of jewellery perform sample testing monitor extraction logging operations design metal components chemical processes prepare extraction proposals troubleshoot separate metals from ores process incident reports for prevention maintain ore processing equipment make time-critical decisions chemical technologies in metal manufacture extract materials from furnace follow quality standards ensure public safety and security conduct metallurgical structural analysis liaise with quality assurance innovation processes develop new installations install monitors for process control test raw minerals apply health and safety standards interpret extraction data prepare samples for testing monitor manufacturing quality standards ensure health and safety in manufacturing extract products from moulds physics

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