Valuable minerals and materials such as coal, platinum, gold, diamonds, chrome, vanadium and titanium are available in the South African landscape. A wide range of products are produced from these minerals and materials, especially in the evolving technological revolution. To support sustainability, materials engineering comprises of the study and design of new materials made from natural or man-made materials.
Materials engineers can collaborate with plant designers and other engineering professionals in enabling the correct design and manufacture of new materials. They can work in research and development laboratories, office environments or in a supervisory role in production plants.
A deep knowledge of chemical and material properties is needed by materials engineers and an understanding of engineering modelling and design. Materials engineers will also benefit from:
Conduct and supervise tests on raw materials or finished products to ensure quality
Monitor material performance and evaluate material deterioration
Evaluate technical specifications and economic factors relating to process or product design objectives
Analyse product failure data and test results
B.Sc.Eng. in Metallurgical Engineering at Wits
B.Eng. in Metallurgical Engineering at UP
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Metallurgical Engineer at TUT, UJ and VUT
Plastic, computer and electronic, ceramic, glass and steel product manufacturers.