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Role Description

Metallurgists study the extraction and processing of various metals and alloys. They examine the performance and properties of metals and use them to produce a range of products and materials. You can work in design and manufacture, production management, quality assurance, or research and development.

Metallurgists specialize in a range of areas as a metallurgist, from traditional manufacturing roles to working with cutting-edge technology.

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Starting salary: £22,000-£28,000.
With experience: £30,000-£45,000.
With CEng: up to £60,000.

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Typical working hours are 37 to 40 per week. In manufacturing environments you'll work shifts through a 24-hour system.

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In many parts of the metals industry, female and ethnic minority graduates are underrepresented and are encouraged to apply.

Skills Valued by Employers

  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Teamworking skills with other engineers and scientists
  • Business awareness
  • Problem-solving ability to deal with manufacturing or technical issues
  • Innovation and leadership
  • Initiative, drive and enthusiasm for improving metals and methods used
  • Numeracy skills and result oriented work ethic
  • Attention to detail to interpret design requirements and produce reports.