Careers and Placement - Metallurgical and Materials Engineering - Montana Tech

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Careers, Placement and Outcomes


M&ME graduates are in high demand.

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, 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.


Internship opportunities can make college a debt-free investment!

We recommend that undergraduate and non-thesis graduate students gain appropriate temporary employment during all summer breaks and even during the school year.  This will help you in your career choices, help pay for college expenses, and ultimately make you more marketable upon graduation.  Montana Tech has close partnerships with many companies who support internship programs, and often hiring for periods of 3 - 6 months or longer.

The Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) offers paid and unpaid internships during the school year.

Growth in the M&ME disciplines and related fields has been substantial, substantially increasing opportunities for graduates.  Permanent placement has been 100% for over two decades with recent starting salaries ranging between $50,000 and $72,000. These salaries do not include signing bonuses and moving expenses which are frequently provided.

Note From Career Services

The placement statistics provided here come from annual surveys completed by graduates. This annual survey is conducted for the purpose of facilitating the career decisions of currently enrolled and prospective students. Placement data are based on responses received from the graduates who participated in the Montana Tech annual Graduate Surveys. Each annual class is comprised of Summer, Fall and Spring graduates. A small portion of the survey was provided by secondary sources. A conscientious effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the career information included in this report. Because of the cyclical nature of the businesses and industries for which Montana Tech trains its students, placement statistics from any one year should not be viewed as representative long-term permanent results. The annual graduate survey should, instead, be viewed only as an informational resource in the career-planning process. Please contact Career Services if you have any questions about the survey information. For additional information view the entire survey online at:

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering - Baccalaureate

Metallurgical Engineering - Master

Metallurgical/Min Process Engineer - Master


ASM International Video - "STEEL: From Start to Finish"
M&ME Recruiting Presentation


Montana Tech has great relationships with a wide variety of companies and institutions! The broadness of the program is indicated by the breadth of the companies ranging from small to large, rural to urban, local to regional, and national to global:

  • Amec Foster Wheeler
  • Arch Coal, Incorporated
  • Ash Grove Cement
  • Barrick Gold
  • BHP
  • Cliffs Natural Resources
  • FLSmidth
  • Freeport McMoRan
  • Gerdau Long Steel
  • Halliburton Energy Services
  • Hazen, Western Zirconium
  • Hecla Mining
  • Holcim Cement
  • Imerys Performance Minerals
  • INL
  • Intrepid Potash
  • John Deere
  • JR Simplot
  • Kaiser Aluminum
  • Kennecott
  • Kinross Gold
  • Mercator Minerals
  • Montana Precision Products
  • Montana Resources
  • Newmont Mining Corporation
  • Nucor
  • OCI
  • Pugent Sound Naval Shipyard
  • Raytheon
  • REC Silicon
  • Rio Tinto Minerals
  • Romarco Minterals, Inc.
  • Sifco Industries, Inc.
  • Simbol Materials
  • Stillwater BMR & Refinery
  • Stillwater Mining
  • Tinker Air Force Base