Interested in Metallurgy

So I am currently a lab technician at a materials testing facility and the company is looking to hire a metallurgist in the far future and was kind of interested in the position, though i am not a metallurgist. I did a little research online to find out how to become a metallurgist and from what ive found i need a degree in Engineering and Materials this the case? Is that just the tip of the iceburg? I was hoping i could get some advice from some of you ACTUAL Metallurgists on which path i should be taking or what not. Thanks in advance!

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Rhett Paulson
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A "Degree" in Materials Science / Metallurgy. You bust your brain around science fundamentals for the first two years, with increasing amounts of specific metallurgy building-in. Final year is kind-of the "flowering" of the course - you sweep out across applied metallurgy explaining the scientific basis of many metals processes. In the first year there was introduction to the must underlying things which make a metal a metal - crystal structure and "sea of electrons" theory leading into dislocation theory and the explanation of why metals have plasticity (they can be deformed without harm), etc. Second year it's layering-on more. It is a long path. Working in a testing laboratory, all the metals property stuff will make sense. Working in a testing laboratory and only being able to study part-time, the path will be very long. If you want a technical career, that will become your way-of-life - a journey, where the value of the journey is where it's at and the end is a pretext to give structure. In my less-than-humble opinion...

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Richard Smith

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