Metallurgical and Materials Engineers

(NOC 2142)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Metallurgical and materials engineers study the properties and characteristics of metals and other non-metallic materials. They plan, design, and develop machinery and processes to concentrate, extract, refine and process metals, alloys and other materials like ceramics, semiconductors, and composite materials. Metallurgical and materials engineers work for consulting engineering firms, mining, metal processing and manufacturing companies, and in government, research, and educational institutions.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
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  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate 705 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 2585 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Metallurgical and Materials Engineers most commonly work full-time hours.

Hourly Pay

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Median

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Annual Pay

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Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$18.00

Minimum

$37.80

Median

$48.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Metallurgical and materials engineers study the properties and characteristics of metals and other non-metallic materials. They plan, design, and develop machinery and processes to concentrate, extract, refine and process metals, alloys and other materials like ceramics, semiconductors, and composite materials. Metallurgical and materials engineers work for consulting engineering firms, mining, metal processing and manufacturing companies, and in government, research, and educational institutions.

Job duties

Metallurgical and materials engineers:

  • Design, develop and specify the processes, and machinery to concentrate, extract, refine and process metals from ores.
  • Study the properties and characteristics of materials, and design, develop and specify processes for moulding, shaping, forming and thermal treatment of metals, alloys and metallic systems, ceramics, semiconducting and other materials.
  • Conduct chemical and physical analytical studies, failure analyses and other studies and recommend material selection, design of materials, corrosion control measures, operational testing, and other procedures.
  • Coordinate production testing and control of metal refining, smelting or foundry operations or non-metallic materials production operations.
  • Supervise technologists, technicians and other engineers and scientists.

Sample job titles

  • ceramics engineer
  • corrosion engineer
  • extractive engineer
  • foundry engineer
  • materials engineer
  • metallurgical engineer
  • refining and metalworking engineer
  • welding engineer

Skills

You need persistence and good judgement. The ability to think analytically and logically is important. You must be able to communicate and cooperate with others, as engineers often work in teams. Leadership and problem-solving skills are also necessary. Computer experience is an important asset.

Job requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in metallurgical, materials, ceramic or chemical engineering or in a related engineering discipline.
  • A master's degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline may be required.
  • Licensing by a provincial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practice as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
  • Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.

Other considerations

Engineers often work in a multidisciplinary environment and gain knowledge and skills through work experience that may allow them to practice in associated areas of science, engineering, sales, marketing, or management. Metallurgical and materials engineers work closely with other engineers and scientists and movement is possible between some fields of specialization. There is considerable mobility between engineering specializations at the less senior levels. Supervisory and senior positions in this group require experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

< 50

employed in 2016

80.0%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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37.7

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

91.5%

employed full-time

7.6%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

100.0%

Halifax

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

55.6%

Professional, scientific and technical services

22.2%

Manufacturing

22.2%

Educational services

What is the age of Employment?

25.0%

35-44

25.0%

25-34

17.0%

65+

17.0%

45-54

17.0%

55-64

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

24.2%

25-34

23.5%

45-54

23.4%

35-44

16.4%

55-64

7.7%

15-24

Top levels of education

60.0%

Bachelor

N/A
20.0%

Doctorate

N/A
20.0%

Master

N/A

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.1%

College Diploma

$59,986 median annual income
29.8%

Bachelor

$63,965 median annual income
11.9%

High school

$45,835 median annual income
9.9%

Master

$65,105 median annual income
6.9%

Trade Certification

$57,773 median annual income

Education & training

Engineering - General

University Program

These programs prepare individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to solve a wide variety of practical problems in industry, social organization, public works, and commerce.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

Truro, NS

Materials Engineering

University Program

These programs prepare students to apply mathematical and materials science principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of materials and related processes used in manufacturing in a wide variety of settings, the synthesis of new industrial materials, including marrying and bonding composites, analysis of materials requirements and specifications, and related problems of system design dependent on materials factors.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Mathematics

College or University Program

These programs focus on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. They include courses in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Physical Sciences

College or University Program

These programs focus on the major topics, concepts, processes, and interrelationships of physical phenomena as studied in any combination of physical science disciplines.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Professional Engineer

Right to Title and Practice: This job is regulated. The job title is protected, and you may not use it without a professional licence. A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Engineers Nova Scotia
1355 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1Y9
(888) 802-7367
(902) 423-9769

Contacts

Consulting Engineers of Nova Scotia
Dartmouth, NS
Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
Westmount, QC

Additional resources

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