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 Science....is 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
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
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...