Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

What is Metallurgical and Materials Engineering?

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering is a diverse and interesting specialty that impacts nearly every facet of our economy. It applies chemistry, physics and math to recycling and treating wastes, separating minerals into concentrates, producing and purifying metals, manufacturing metals into products, creating materials, and joining materials together.

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering students learn the wonders of innovation and how materials can be manipulated to meet modern demand through a series of labs. As one of Montana Tech’s lab-based “heritage programs,” students reinforce theoretical concepts through “hands-on” experiential learning in laboratories that emphasize practical, industry-based exercises.

A Metallurgical and Materials Engineering degree leads to high-paying jobs in a broad spectrum of fields.

Learn more about Montana Tech's innovative program in the video above. View the full-length video on YouTube.

What Type of Skills Do You Need?

  • Inquisitive - you want to know how things work
  • Hard working and love to be challenged
  • Communication, both oral and written
  • Aptitude for math and physics
  • A love of applied chemistry

What Can You Do With Your Degree?

This is a field with endless career possibilities and earning potential. Job opportunities are available in a variety of industries where minerals, metals, and materials are produced and consumed. These industries include, but are not limited to mining, extraction, manufacturing, petroleum, iron/steel making, automotive, recycling, chemicals, paper/pulp, aerospace, maintenance, corrosion, forensics, and more. Approximately 40% of undergraduates have gone on to graduate school, with about 20% continuing on to pursue their Ph.D. International opportunities abound.

20 Innovative Labs on Campus
20 Innovative Labs on Campus
1 of 6 Universities Offering This Degree
1 of 6 Universities Offering a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering Emphasizing Extractive Metallurgy & Mineral Processing Engineering

Learn how to process ores, separate valuable minerals into concentrates, produce and purify metals, manufacture metals into products, create materials, and join materials together. Learn more »

Degrees & Options

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (M&ME) encompasses five disciplines in minerals, metals and materials processing and manufacturing: Mineral Processing, Extractive Metallurgy, Physical Metallurgy, Materials Science, and Joining/Welding Metallurgy. Continue reading »

Placement, Careers & Internships

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Montana Tech boasts a consistent 100% placement rate with high starting salaries!  Read more »



The bachelor of science in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (M&ME) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Student Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering curriculum has been developed in consonance with ABET criteria to ensure its graduates have the abilities to:

  1. identify, formulate, and solve complex Materials Science and Engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
  8. apply advanced science, such as chemistry, biology, and physics), computational techniques and engineering principles to materials systems implied by the program modifier, e.g., ceramics,, metals, polymers, biomaterials, composite materials.
  9. integrate the understanding of the scientific and engineering principles underlying the four major elements of the field: structure, properties, processing, and performance related to metallurgical and materials systems appropriate to the field, and
  10. apply and integrate knowledge from each of the above four elements of the field using experimental, computational, and statistical methods to solve materials problems including selection and design consistent with the program educational objectives.

To help satisfy these student outcomes, the curriculum has evolved to (1) train the student to understand a wide range of M&ME methods which apply to the five disciplines as well as related fields, (2) prepare the student to adapt to an ever-changing world and its demands for minerals, metals and materials, and (3) give the student practical, hands-on experiences with numerous laboratory courses and field trips. In this regard, it is highly recommended that the students gain employment appropriate to M&ME or related fields during all summer breaks and even the school year to help guide them in their career choices, pay for college expenses, and ultimately make them more marketable upon graduation.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives of M&ME are to produce graduates who achieve some of the following within five years of graduating with their B.S. Degree:

  1. Practice the M&ME profession as demonstrated by
    1. Continued professional employment,
    2. Job promotion, and/or
    3. Expanded career responsibilities.
  2. Obtain professional registration
    1. Professional Engineer (PE),
    2. Qualified Professional (QP) and/or
    3. Professional Certification.
  3. Complete an advanced degree in M&ME or a related field
    1. Master of Science (MS) and/or
    2. Doctorate (PhD or ScD).
  4. Continue professional development as demonstrated by
    1. Society membership and participation,
    2. Master's in Business Administration (MBA),
    3. Continuing education, and/or
    4. Engineering related volunteerism.

These student outcomes and program educational objectives are constantly assessed through knowledge surveys, course evaluations, mid-student surveys, senior exit interviews, graduate/alumni surveys, student satisfaction surveys, advisory board feedback, and imbedded indicators such as specific homework and test questions. Assessment responses from students, alumni, and the advisory board are documented and evaluated periodically by the faculty in order to make changes to and thereby improve the quality of the program as needed. The M&ME faculty believe that the quality of the program is ultimately defined by the long-term success of its graduates. If these outcomes and educational objectives are met, both students and graduates will be well-prepared for a career and consequently will be successful. Thus, the assessment goal is to insure that the program is maintained and continuously improved so that students achieve the outcomes and graduates meet the educational objectives.

Enrollment and Graduate Data by Program

Career Outcomes

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering - Baccalaureate

Metallurgical Engineering - Master

Metallurgical/Min Process Engineer - Master

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