South Africa possesses large reserves of chromium, iron, uranium, platinum, vanadium, titanium, lead, zinc, manganese and many other metals used in the production of goods. Most of these mineral reserves are found in ores that are complex in nature. To extract these useful metals from the ore, research is necessary to ensure efficient and sustainable processes of mineral extraction and production. Metallurgy involves the investigation, purification and production of mined metals.
Metallurgists can work with mining engineers, geologists and other geophysical specialists around the mining of metals. They can work in a laboratory, metal treatment plant, refinery, mining sites or manufacturing production plants shaping metals to create new products.
Metallurgists require a thorough understanding of the physical and chemical properties of metals, compounds and alloys. They will further benefit from the:
Conduct research and investigate metal and alloy properties
Design processes and methods for metal extraction and alloying
Test and develop the manufacture and processing of metal products
Compile reports to advise on process performance and shortcomings
B.Eng. in Metallurgical Engineering at UP
B.Sc.Eng. in Metallurgical Engineering at Wits
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Chemistry at all universities
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering at TUT, UJ and VUT
Metal, iron and steel manufacturing companies.
Metal ore mining companies.