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Metallurgical engineering is the study of metals. Combining theory and practice, degree programs cover the mining, extraction, design and processing of metals, as well as how metals react to environmental changes or stress. It is a division of engineering discipline which studies the physical and chemical behavior of metallic elements, their intermetallic compounds, and their mixtures, which are called alloys. Metals play a vital role in almost every aspect of modern life. It also encompasses the study of exotic materials, pure and combined which has applications in various industries. It is one of the most important and emerging branches of engineering with the modern applications demanding materials with high strength-low weight along with other factors.

Metallurgical engineers are those who find new ways to use metal in machinery and for other industrial uses. Metals make up important parts of cars, bikes, planes, buildings, even toothpaste tubes. Metallurgical Engineers can also be defined as the professionals who design metal parts, study the properties of metals and solve problems in the manufacturing of these metals. Metallurgical Engineers play an important role in the mining industry as they are involved in the processing of materials from the mines, and are involved in various processing methods to turn metals into more useful products.



  • Physical Metallurgy
  • Mineral processing
  • Extractive Metallurgy    



UG (4 years)

To take admission into an undergraduate course in engineering, a candidate should have passed 10+2 in science stream from any recognized institution. The courses offered in this field are-

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Metallurgical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology in Metallurgical Engineering

PG (2 Years)

To take admission into a postgraduate course, a candidate must have completed his/her Bachelor of Science/ B.Tech from any recognized university. The courses offered in this field are-

  • Master of Technology in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
  • Master of Technology in Steel Technology

Diploma (3 Years)

  • Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering

Besides these, it is one of the broad research fields leading to the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degree.



Metallurgical engineering is a wide field that offers lots of career opportunities for young aspirants. Metallurgical engineers can seek employment in industries and enterprise that manufactures metals or metallic products. Metal manufacturing industries such as Hindalco Industries Limited, Tata Steel, HCL, Jindal Steel and Steel Authority of India (SAIL) are the main recruiters of metallurgical consultants. In electrical industries such as Cable Corporation of India and Finolex Cables Ltd are the top employers of metallurgy scholars. Professionals in this career can also opt for teaching jobs in universities and colleges.



  • Metallurgist
  • Welding Engineer
  • Senior Process Engineer
  • Metallurgical R&D Lab Technician
  • Supplier Development Engineer
  • Plant Equipment Engineer
  • Ballistics Engineer
  • Quality Planning Engineer
  •  Researcher



  • CollegeIndian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur)
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-BHU) Varanasi
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Indore
  • Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology , Nagpur



  • A practice book in elementary metallurgy by Ernest Edgar Thum
  • Principles of metallurgy by Charles Herman Fulton
  • Non-ferrous foundry metallurgy by A. J. Murphy
  • The metallurgy of the common metals, gold, silver, iron, copper, lead, and zinc by Leonard S. Austin
  • Genesis of metallic ores and of the rocks which enclose them by Brenton Symons
  • Extractive metallurgy: principles and application by William Herbert Dennis