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Metallurgical Engineering Degree

Program Offerings

• Bachelor of science degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (SD Mines offers one of the few metallurgical engineering degrees in the nation)
• Accelerated master’s in Materials Engineering and Science (earn your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in as little as five years)
• Master of science degree in Materials Engineering & Science
• Doctorate degree in Materials Engineering and Science
• Minor in Material Science-Metals
• Certificates: Engineering Management and Leadership, Global Engineering, Technology Innovation, and HBX CORe (Credential of Readiness for Business)

What is Metallurgical Engineering?

Metallurgical engineering is the study of metals. From generating electricity to constructing cars, buildings and machines, metals are the foundation of the modern world. Materials and metallurgical engineering analyzes the processes that transforms mineral resources and metals into useful materials that improve the quality of our lives.

What does a metallurgical engineer do?

Materials and metallurgical engineers transform mineral resources into high-performance alloys, high-purity metals and new materials used in surgical implants, computer chips, superconductors, cars, aircraft, advanced coatings and space. Through testing, they also ensure materials meet performance requirements.
Materials and metallurgical engineers also develop sustainable materials and processes for recycling existing materials, investigate material failures, and create testing procedures to ensure materials can withstand extreme environments.
Duties a materials and metallurgical engineer might undertake on the job include:
• Convert raw metal into usable formats
• Design methods for separating metal from the rest of the components
• Design and direct the testing processing procedures
• Monitor how materials perform and evaluate how they deteriorate
• Determine causes of product failure and develop ways to overcome the failure
• Supervise the work of technologists, technicians and other engineers and scientists
• Prepare proposals and budgets, analyze labor costs, write reports and perform other managerial tasks

First-Year Courses

General chemistry

Course Curriculum

Link to Catalog

Internships and Co-ops

77% of Mines students gain real-world experience through internships and co-ops. Mines Materials and Metallurgical Engineering majors have interned with:
• Intel
• Freeport McMoRan
• Nucor
• Alcoa
• Exxon-Mobil
• Logan Aluminum
• Steel Dynamics

Career Outlook

The average starting salary for a materials and metallurgical engineering graduate from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is $64,567.


Careers that Mines Materials and Metallurgical Engineering graduates might pursue include:
• mineral and mining industries
• material engineering and processing
• steelmaking
• biomedical
• electronics
• automotive companies
• aerospace
• security and anti-counterfeiting technology
• recycling, sustainable design


SD Mines materials and metallurgical engineering graduates are hired by such companies as:
John Deere
Sturm Ruger & Co.
Coeur Mining
Lockheed Martin
Barrick Gold
Logan Aluminum

Metallurgical Engineering Research

Home to the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site, our department allows students to be directly involved in nanomaterials, biomaterials, and metal alloy research utilizing state-of-art laser processing, friction stir welding, x-ray analysis equipment, and electron microscopes.



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