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Processing   Engineering

Dr. Courtney Young

Phone: (406) 496-4158
Location: ELC 208

Department Overview

Metallurgical/Mineral Processing Engineering deals with all aspects of metal and non-metal processing and manufacturing.

  • Mineral processing engineers have the responsibility of accepting ore mined from the earth, comminuting the ore until liberation occurs, and then removing the valuable minerals in the form of concentrates.
  • Extractive metallurgical engineers extract the valuable metals from the concentrates, remove impurities from the metals using aqueous or thermal chemistry, and then market the purified metal as a commodity.
  • Physical metallurgical engineers accept various purified metals and alloy them to control a number of characteristics including strength and corrosion resistance.
  • Materials engineers control the same characteristics but pertaining to plastics, composites, glasses, ceramics, etc.

Graduate research may be pursued in any of the following three areas of concentration:

  • Mineral Processing Engineering deals with the extraction, separation, and concentration of minerals from raw ores.
  • Extractive Metallurgy focuses on refining processes, such as pyrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy, and electrometallurgy, through which concentrates are refined into a pure metal form.
  • Materials Science emphasizes the study of physical and chemical properties associated with metals, ceramics, glasses, plastics, and slag.

  • Placement

    Career opportunities and placement for graduate students in Metallurgical Engineering have been excellent. Companies who have hired our graduate students in recent years include Pegasus Gold; Kaiser Aluminum; Stillwater Mining Co.; Placer Dome U.S., Inc.; Newmont Gold Co.; American Barrick Resources Corp.; Santa Fe Pacific Gold Corp.; ASARCO, Inc.; Phelps Dodge Corp.; AMAX Gold, Inc.; Magma Metals Co., and the USBM.


    Course No. Course Title Credits
    EMET 401 Processing of Aqueous Systems 3
    EMAT 402 Processing of Elevated Temperature Systems 3
    EMET 405 Aqueous & Elevated Temp Proc Lab 1
    EMET & EMAT 421 Selected Topics Variable
    EMAT 450 Advanced Transport Phenomena & Design 2
    EMAT 451 Process Instrumentation & Control 3
    EMAT 362 Ceramic Materials 2
    EMAT 471 Materials Characterization & Analysis 3
    EMAT 475 Environmental Degradation of Materials 3
    EMAT 486 Polymeric Materials 2
    EMET 488 The Metallurgy of Ferrous Welds 3
    EMET 491 Internship Variable
    EMET 501 Advanced Extractive Metallurgy I 3
    EMET 502 Advanced Extractive Metallurgy II 3
    EMET 5040 Fire Assay 2
    EMET 5110 Materials Handling Design 3
    EMAT 520 Physical Chemistry of Iron & Steelmaking 3
    EMAT 523 Multi-Component Phase Diagrams 3
    EMET 525 Computer Applications for Process Engineers 3
    EMET 526 Thermodynamic Modeling of Aqueous Systems 3
    EMET 531 Hazardous & Toxic Species Remediation 3
    EMET 534 Processing of Primary & Secondary Resources 3
    EMAT 541 Metallurgical & Materials Flowsheet Design 3
    EMAT 544 Casting & Solidifications 3
    EMAT 555 Advanced Flotation 3
    EMAT 562 Explosives Engineering 3
    EMAT 569 Failure Analysis & Design Life 3
    EMAT 570 Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3
    EMAT 571 SEM/EDX 2
    EMET 580 Nanoscale Materials & Technology 3
    EMET 582 Processing of Energy Resources 3
    EMET 583 Processing of Precious Metal Resources 3
    EMAT 584 Electrical, Optical & Magnetic Properties of Materials 2
    EMET 587 Design of Weldments 3
    EMET 589 Metallurgy of Non-Ferrous Welds 3
    EMET 594 Graduate Seminar 1
    EMAT & EMET 595 Special Topics Variable
    EMAT & EMET 597 Metallurgical & Materials Engineering Problems Variable
    EMAT & EMET 599 Thesis Research Variable