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Processing   Engineering

Dr. Courtney Young

Phone: (406) 496-4158
Location: ELC 208

Department Overview

Metallurgical/Mineral Processing Engineering deals with all aspects of metal and non-metal processing and manufacturing.

  • Mineral processing engineers have the responsibility of accepting ore mined from the earth, comminuting the ore until liberation occurs, and then removing the valuable minerals in the form of concentrates.
  • Extractive metallurgical engineers extract the valuable metals from the concentrates, remove impurities from the metals using aqueous or thermal chemistry, and then market the purified metal as a commodity.
  • Physical metallurgical engineers accept various purified metals and alloy them to control a number of characteristics including strength and corrosion resistance.
  • Materials engineers control the same characteristics but pertaining to plastics, composites, glasses, ceramics, etc.

Graduate research may be pursued in any of the following three areas of concentration:

  • Mineral Processing Engineering deals with the extraction, separation, and concentration of minerals from raw ores.
  • Extractive Metallurgy focuses on refining processes, such as pyrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy, and electrometallurgy, through which concentrates are refined into a pure metal form.
  • Materials Science emphasizes the study of physical and chemical properties associated with metals, ceramics, glasses, plastics, and slag.

  • Placement

    Career opportunities and placement for graduate students in Metallurgical Engineering have been excellent. Companies who have hired our graduate students in recent years include Pegasus Gold; Kaiser Aluminum; Stillwater Mining Co.; Placer Dome U.S., Inc.; Newmont Gold Co.; American Barrick Resources Corp.; Santa Fe Pacific Gold Corp.; ASARCO, Inc.; Phelps Dodge Corp.; AMAX Gold, Inc.; Magma Metals Co., and the USBM.


    Course No. Course Title Credits
    METE 4010 Processing of Aqueous Systems 3
    M&ME 4020 Processing of Elevated Temperature Systems 3
    METE 4050 Aqueous & Elevated Temp Proc Lab 1
    M&ME & METE 4210 Selected Topics Variable
    M&ME 4500 Advanced Transport Phenomena & Design 2
    M&ME 4510 Process Instrumentation & Control 3
    M&ME 4620 Ceramic Materials 2
    M&ME 4710 Materials Characterization & Analysis 3
    M&ME 4750 Environmental Degradation of Materials 3
    M&ME 4860 Polymeric Materials 2
    METE 4880 The Metallurgy of Ferrous Welds 3
    METE 4910 Internship Variable
    METE 5010 Advanced Extractive Metallurgy I 3
    METE 5020 Advanced Extractive Metallurgy II 3
    METE 5040 Fire Assay 2
    METE 5110 Materials Handling Design 3
    M&ME 5200 Physical Chemistry of Iron & Steelmaking 3
    M&ME 5230 Multi-Component Phase Diagrams 3
    METE 5250 Computer Applications for Process Engineers 3
    METE 5260 Thermodynamic Modeling of Aqueous Systems 3
    METE 5310 Hazardous & Toxic Species Remediation 3
    METE 5340 Processing of Primary & Secondary Resources 3
    M&ME 5410 Metallurgical & Materials Flowsheet Design 3
    M&ME 5440 Casting & Solidifications 3
    METE 5550 Advanced Flotation 3
    METE 5620 Explosives Engineering 3
    METE 5690 Failure Analysis & Design Life 3
    M&ME 5700 Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3
    M&ME 5710 SEM/EDX 2
    M&ME 5800 Nanoscale Materials & Technology 3
    METE 5820 Processing of Energy Resources 3
    METE 5830 Processing of Precious Metal Resources 3
    M&ME 5840 Electrical, Optical & Magnetic Properties of Materials 2
    METE 5870 Design of Weldments 3
    METE 5890 Metallurgy of Non-Ferrous Welds 3
    METE 5940 Graduate Seminar 1
    M&ME & METE 5950 Special Topics Variable
    M&ME & METE 5970 Metallurgical & Materials Engineering Problems Variable
    M&ME & METE 5990 Thesis Research Variable