Metallurgy student at camp

Montana Technological University’s Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering will host their 2024 Materials Summer Program from June 16–21, 2024. The 2024 program will have 30 students from across Montana and from California, Colorado, and Illinois.

The 2023 program saw 23 students from Montana, California, Pennsylvania, and New York for its inaugural Materials Summer Program in June.

The free overnight program aims to connect high school juniors and seniors with metallurgical engineering and materials science. Students stay in the dorms and participate in numerous activities showing the need for metallurgical and materials engineers.

Students will explore the broad range of career options for materials engineers and metallurgists through field trips. Students will visit the World Museum of Mining, Montana Precision Products, Golden Sunlight, and the Anaconda Foundry Fabrication Company.

Students will also spend time casting and polishing aluminum medallions, and learn about steel, mining, glass, mineral processing, and much more. The main event will be 2-hours of group work forging a steel knife with blacksmithing techniques. On the last day of the program, groups will put their blades to the test.

The program is paid for by donations secured through the Montana Tech Foundation’s two-day fundraising event called DayOne.

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