Metallurgical EngineerCourse and Career Info Description
To be a metallurgical engineer, you need to have a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering, after which you have to pass the licensure examination by the Professional Regulation Commission to be able to practice your profession. This college course will teach you about mineral processing as well as particle technology. You will also be taught here chemical and physical metallurgy. Other subjects include hydrometallurgy as well as product design and process analysis. In addition to this, you will also be taught the principles and applications behind transforming metal to practical products for the improvement of society and our daily lives.
Cost of Education:
B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering is a five-year course, and this will cost you anywhere from P160,000 to P220,000 for the full five years.
Top Universities for Course:
- MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology in Iligan City
- Mapua Institute of Technology in Manila
- University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City
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Course Skills and Factors
- Physical stamina since you will be doing field work most of the time
- Physically fit and ability to tolerate stress
- Love for the job
- Ability to work without constant supervision
- Ability to accept accountability
- A team player
- Good mathematical and physics knowledge
- Good science knowledge
- Analytical and creative mind to identify problems, analyze data, and solve problems
- Communication skills, both written and verbal
- Good decision making skills
- The main responsibility of a metallurgical engineer is to extract metal from ores. They study metals as well as alloys to determine not only their properties but their application as well. Metallurgical engineers also develop new methods in extracting and processing metals and alloys, making sure that the metal processing techniques are not only cheap but efficient and environmentally safe as well. In addition to this, metallurgical engineers also supervise a team of people responsible for product manufacture, seeing to it that quality control and safety regulations are met. If there are any component failures, it is the duty of metallurgical engineer to not only investigate the failure but to also prepare the report.
Career Outlook and Global Demand
There is a good demand for Filipino metallurgical engineers in these countries – Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, and Madagascar.
Metallurgical engineers typically earn anywhere from P21,000 to P25,000 monthly if you’re working for the government. If you work for a multinational company though, you could earn around P45,000 to about P60,000 each month. Abroad, salary starts a $4,500 to $8,000 monthly.
Opportunities for Advancement:
From entry-level metallurgical engineer, you could advance your career to become a technical specialist. With skill and experience, your chances of landing a supervisory position is increased. You could even move up to a managerial position.