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