Metallurgical engineering is a division of engineering discipline which studies the physical and chemical activities of metallic elements and their inter-metallic compounds, and their mixtures, which are known as 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. This Metallurgical engineering course focuses on engineering metals and other materials for performance in an application which also gives an individual pursuing this course a much focused approach in materials technology rather than a holistic broad approach of engineering without application orientation.

List of Courses: –

  • Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Metallurgical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology in Metallurgical Engineering
  • Master of Technology in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
  • Master of Technology in Steel Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics and Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering

Basic Eligibility


For admission in a bachelor’s degree, the candidate must have passed the higher secondary school certificate (10+2) examination with science subject such as biology, maths and chemistry. For IITs, It is mandatory to qualify in the Joint Entrance Examinations (J.E.E).  The duration for the course is 4 years.

The eligibility criteria for pursuing a master’s degree are holding a bachelor’s degree in (B.E/B.Tech) or any other equivalent branches of engineering. The duration for the course is 2 years.


Some of its specialized fields are: –

  • Physical Metallurgy
  • Mineral processing
  • Extractive Metallurgy

Job Prospects

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.

Some job profiles: –

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

Remuneration: –

The remuneration of a professional mainly depends on the factors such as the company, job profile, qualification, skills and work experience. Students holding a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering can expect income around Rs. 15, 000 to Rs. 25,000 every month in the beginning stage. The salary increases with skills and experience. Fresh graduates from IITs and NITs get more salary as compared to other engineering colleges. Graduates working in abroad companies can earn handsome salary.

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