Metallurgical Engineering - Courses, Career Scope, Colleges and Salary

Metallurgical Engineering is an important branch of engineering that deals with the study of the physical and chemical behavior of metallic elements, their inter-metallic compounds, and their alloys.

Metallurgical engineering can be broadly divided into three categories – physical metallurgy, extractive metallurgy, and mineral processing. Physical metallurgy needs problem solving skills.

metallurgical engineer prepares the metallic alloys required or needed for different manufacturing and construction works. Another branch of metallurgy is extractive metallurgy which involves the extraction of metals from their ore.

Mineral Processing deals with the technology of processing mineral products, extracted from earth’s crust, in impure form.

All metallurgical engineers learn the fundamental principles of all these fields including basic engineering. The work of metallurgical engineers is similar to the work of metallurgical scientists.

Metallurgical engineers use complex equipment, including electron microscopes, X-ray machines, and spectrographs. They use the latest scientific and technological findings in their work.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. 10+2 in Science with Physics, Chemistry and Maths can pursue Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering.

  2. One can pursue M.Tech after completing B.Tech or M.Sc in Chemistry for which they have to qualify for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).

  3. Candidates who wish to do research can take up PhD in Metallurgical Engineering to perform research work.

  4. Admission is made on the basis of entrance examination like IITJEE in case of IITs and other state level joint entrance examinations of various states.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply to these marketing courses,

  1. Students must have 50% marks in bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university.

  2. You will also need to appear for CATGMAT or similar examinations and secure the necessary percentile to qualify for the GDPI rounds of MBA colleges.

  3. Executive MBA in Marketing programs are usually for professionals who want to enhance their skills and strategies and may require the candidate to have relevant work experience.

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Career and Job Prospects

Anybody with an interest in Science, Technology and Engineering can take up metallurgical engineering as it brings together all these branches.

  1. Metallurgical engineers are required in every industry and enterprise that produces, buys, sells refines or manufactures metals or metallic products.

  2. In India young metallurgical graduates can expect some exciting career opportunities in government undertakings as well as in private companies.

  3. Apart from opting for industrial jobs one can also join as a research fellow or an associate or a scientist or professor in various labs and universities located in India and abroad.

Salary Package

The salary of a metallurgical engineer is as high as Rs. 6 lakh per year. The salary increases with skills and years of experience. Engineers from IITs and NITs get more salary as compared to other engineering colleges in India.

Himalayan University is one of the few universities in the North-Eastern part of India that offers courses in Metallurgical Engineering

Top 10 Colleges/Institutes for Metallurgical Engineering 2017

1Himalayan UniversityArunachal Pradesh
2School of Physics and Material SciencePunjab
3Indus Institute of Technology and EngineeringGujarat
4OP Jindal Institute of TechnologyChattisgarh
5Visvesvaraya National Institute of TechnologyMaharashtra
6National Institute of Technology DurgapurWest Bengal
7Indira Gandhi Institute of TechnologyOrissa
8IIT BombayMaharashtra
9IIT KanpurUttar Pradesh
10National Institute of Technology TrichyTamil Nadu


State Wise List of Engineering Colleges