Metallurgical Engineering

Metallurgical Engineering

Degrees offered: B.E /B.Tech, Diploma, Dual Degree, M.E /M.Tech., Ph.D

What is Metallurgical Engineering

Metallurgy is a branch of engineering which deals with the study in detail about various metals and its application in our daily lives. In modern life, metal plays a very important role in almost every aspect. It comprises the various study of exotic material, pure and combined which has its uses in various industries. As modern applications nowadays require material with high strength and low weight along with other factors, metallurgical engineering is one of the most important branches of engineering. Careers in metallurgical engineering leads to many developments within our civilization. Applicants who have opted for metallurgical engineering study in detail about the nature, bonding, various environmental factors of metal. 

Metallurgical Engineers are basically those who have detailed knowledge of extracting, refining and recycling metals. They used to find new ways to use metals in machinery and other industrial use. The work of a metallurgical engineer provides a big impact on other engineering fields related to this.The three main branches of metallurgical engineering are - 

  • Physical metallurgy -  It deals with the method of problem solving regarding metallurgy like development of metallic alloys needed for different types of manufacturing and construction and various others.

  • Extractive metallurgy - It deals with the study of the extraction of metal from ore.

  • Mineral processing - It involves gathering the products of minerals from the earth’s crust.

Eligibility Criteria (UG & PG) of Metallurgical Engineering

Candidates can go through the sets of conditions which are required for getting admission in metallurgical courses at both UG and PG level of admission.

Eligibility Criteria for B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering

For getting admission in UG level or B.Tech in metallurgical engineering, aspirants have to fulfill the below mentioned eligibility criteria.

  • Candidates applying for B.Tech in metallurgical courses, have to qualify their 10+2 with compulsory science subjects i,e. PCB/PCM.

  • Candidates are required to secure a minimum of 55% aggregate in all aforementioned compulsory subjects of the qualifying examination.

  • Aspirants holding any diploma degree in metallurgical engineering can also apply for this course through lateral entry.

Eligibility Criteria for M.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering 

For getting admission in PG level or M.Tech in metallurgical engineering, aspirants have to fulfill the below mentioned eligibility criteria.

  • Candidates seeking admission in M.Tech level of metallurgical engineering have to be a BE or B.Tech degree holder.

  • The minimum requirements of percentage is 50% in aggregate or its equivalent CGPA in qualifying exam, it varies on the institutes. 

  • Candidates who are in the last semester of BE, can also apply for this course.

Note: Along with the aforementioned criteria of eligibility for granting admission in metallurgical engineering, candidates might have to qualify various entrance exams which are conducted by various conducting bodies for granting admission in their respective institutes for metallurgical engineering courses. 

Scope of Metallurgical Engineering in India and Abroad

India is on the verge of modernisation, where governments of our country are coming through innovative programmes such as “Make in India” and various others. This kind of initiative, resulted to make India on the world as a manufacturing hub which requires lots of metallurgical engineers. The need of metallic machines and their raw materials will be high and this result to allocate more budget on the metallurgical engineering sector in India. In India, there is no limit to the opportunities which are available for the metallurgical engineers. There are a wide variety of career opportunities after completing this degree course available for them. It also needs to be considered by aspirants who want to pursue metallurgical engineering that aspirants who are studying this course from IITs and NITs are more into consideration than the private institutes students. Pursuing metallurgy from other private institutes may require additional efforts to get into a core company.

As like India the scope of metallurgical engineering is very high abroad also. Aspirants after completing their metallurgical engineering can work in various big MNCs industries and can easily earn a handsome salary there. The scope of metallurgical engineering is in plenty; it totally depends upon your experiences and work caliber how you are bagging it. 

Course Fees Metallurgical Engineering

Minimum Fees Maximum Fees
Private Government Private Government
21.45 K
B.E /B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering at PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore
18.00 K
B.E /B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering at Government Engineering College, Gandhinagar
4.37 Lakhs
B.E /B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering at GIET University, Gunupur
10.34 Lakhs
Dual Degree in Metallurgical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Banaras Hindu University Varanasi
1.08 Lakhs
B.E /B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering at Techno Global University, Shillong
2.00 K
M.E /M.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering at Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Hyderabad
2.52 Lakhs
M.E /M.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering at Indus University, Ahmedabad
2.18 Lakhs
M.E /M.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering at College of Engineering, Pune
32.25 K
Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering at Hanagal Sri Kumareshwara Polytechnic, Bellary
1.80 K
Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering at Purulia Polytechnic, Purulia
1.43 Lakhs
Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering at OP Jindal University, Raigarh
96.60 K
Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering at Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology, Sarang

Course Subjects

B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering

Candidates who have their interest in metals, can opt for B.Tech in metallurgical engineering after qualifying their class 12th or its equivalent examination in science stream. B.Tech in metallurgical engineering is a 4 year undergraduate programme. It consists of 8 semesters as it follows semester wise mode of examination. Candidates will go through the basics of metals while pursuing the undergraduate course of metallurgy. There are about 6 to 10 core subjects related to metallurgy taught to students in their undergraduate degree and the rest of the subjects are related to mechanical engineering. Candidates can either opt for jobs or can choose for the further study by opting M.Tech in metallurgical engineering.  

M.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering

After completing the undergraduate degree, candidates can opt for M.Tech in metallurgical engineering. M.Tech in metallurgy is a two year postgraduate course of engineering. It consists of four semesters in two years of course duration. Candidates will go through the advanced study of metallics processing, extracting and its application in our daily life. GATE is the most preferred exam for granting the admission in the metallurgy course in M.Tech.

Candidates have to go through the following subjects of metallurgical engineering:

  • Engineering Mathematics 

  • Thermodynamics and Rate Processes

  • Extractive Metallurgy

  • Physical Metallurgy

  • Mechanical Metallurgy

  • Manufacturing Processes

Careers in Metallurgical Engineering

The demand of metallurgical engineering is very high in big industries such as automobile industry, transportation, power, oil industry, nuclear power plants, etc. Where  for fabrication, operation and maintenance of critical metallic components call for there is need of metallurgy engineers who are specialists of these work. Candidates after pursuing this course can opt to become an entrepreneur or can easily provide any paid consultancy services to smaller firms who have less knowledge and skill in metallurgy and materials engineering. Similarly, materials engineers are having huge demands in electronics, Space, Bio-Medical, Energy Industries. 

Major Fields where the graduates can find employment are:

  • Metallurgist

  • Civil services

  • Process Engineering / Corrosion Engineering

  • Indian railway

  • Non Destructive Testing Specialist

  • Steel industry

  • Heat Treatment Specialist

  • Foundries

  • Mineral Process Engineering / Ceramic Engineering

  • Manufacturing industries of metals

  • Polymer Engineering / Welding Engineering

  • Composites Engineering

  • Semiconductor Processing Engineering

  • Quality Planning Engineering

  • Ballistics Engineering

  • Metallurgical, Materials Research and Development Laboratories

  • Biomedical engineering

  • Nuclear energy field

  • Space research/Aeronautic

Job Profiles and Top Recruiters

Candidates after pursuing the metallurgical engineering course are equipped with a wide variety of career opportunities which are going to be available for them. The qualified metallurgy engineers are employed by big manufacturers of metals and alloys across India and abroad also.

Some of the top job profile after metallurgy engineering are:

  • Metallurgist: Metallurgist is also known as a scientist of materials who have the specialization in metals. 

  • Welding Engineer: Welding engineers are having the expertise and use to develop new welding techniques, equipment, etc. 

  • Manager: Managers use to manage the production of metals in the metal industry. 

  • Plant Equipment Engineer: Engineers are responsible for planning, designing, installing, and maintaining plant power systems.

  • Marketing executive: They execute marketing strategies by communicating with the target audience.  

  • Metallurgical lab technician: They use to assist the metallurgical engineers with their day to day lab operations.

  • Quality Planning Engineer: They use work on the planning to improve the quality of any metallic product. 

  • Researcher: They use to research more and more to have some new findings. 

  • Senior Process Engineer: The engineer used to look after the process, efficiency, effectiveness, quality, and safety of the metallic products. 

Top Recruiters of Metallurgical Engineers are:

  • Larson's Group

  • ISRO

  • DRDO

  • The Metal Powder Company Ltd

  • Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd


  • Cable Corporation of India Ltd.

  • Utkal Mineral

  • Hindustan Copper Limited

  • Tata Steel

  • HCL

  • Jindal Steel

  • Steel Authority of India (SAIL)

Required Skillset for Metallurgical Engineering

To success in this field, it is important to have a strong foundation in mathematics, physics and chemistry, scientific aptitude, logical thinking, perseverance and hard work, the ability to work in teams, the ability to articulate oneself using figures and phrases, the ability to solve problems, the ability to understand things quicker, imagination, the ability to stay calm under pressure, good technical drawings and computer skills. One should be adaptable and flexible, because at different work sites he/she is expected to be working on a wide range of projects.

Course Curriculum for Metallurgical Engineering

Candidates can go through the degree level wise curriculum of metallurgical engineering from below mentioned details. 

Semester-wise syllabus of B.Tech Metallurgical Engineering


  • Physics – I: Classical, Quantum & Relativistic Mechanics 

  • Chemistry – I

  • Engineering Mathematics – I 

  • Engineering Thermodynamics

  • Manufacturing Practices– I

  • Engineering Drawing 

  • Universal Human Values – I: Self and Family

Semester 2

  • Engineering Mathematics – II 

  • Computer Programming

  • Introduction to Metallurgy and Materials Engineering

  • Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Kinetics

  • Manufacturing Practices – II 

  • Metallurgical Practices – I 

  • Development of Societies 

  • History and Civilization

  • Philosophy

  • Education and Self

Semester 3

  • Numerical Techniques

  • Fundamentals of Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering 

  • Structure of Materials

  • Principles of Extractive Metallurgy 

  • Extractive Metallurgy Practical 

  • Development of Societies

  • History and Civilization - II

Semester 4

  • Mathematical Methods 

  • Transport Phenomena 

  • Phase Diagrams

  • Transport Phenomena Practical 

  • Iron Making Technologies

  • Metallography Techniques 

  • Metallography Techniques Practical 

Semester 5

  • Modelling and Simulation in Metallurgy

  • Deformation and Testing of Materials

  • Phase Transformations 

  • Material Processing Technologies

  • Metallurgical Practices II: Materials Processing

Semester 6

  • Heat Treatment

  • Steel Making Technologies

  • Mechanical Behaviour of Materials

Semester 7

  • Non-Ferrous Extractive Metallurgy

Semester 8

  • Corrosion and Prevention

Syllabus for M.Tech metallurgical engineering course

  • Materials Characterization

  • Advanced Mechanical Behaviour Of Materials

  • Phase Transformation Of Materials

  • Advanced Materials Processing 

  • Composite Materials

  • Fracture Mechanics And Failure Analysis

  • Physical Metallurgy Lab

  • Advances In Iron And Steel Making

  • Design Of Experiments

  • Dissertation

  • Computational Methods For Materials Science

  • Electroceramics

  • Advanced Metallurgical Thermodynamics

  • Environmental Pollution In Metallurgical Industries 

  • Nano Structured Materials

  • X-ray & Electron Metallography 

Questions related to Metallurgical Engineering

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Sir How is mineral and metallurgical engineering from IIT DHANBAD for female.

Harsha Sinha 25th Oct, 2020

Hi there,

These two branches are one of the best in the country at ism dhanbad.irrespective of your gender if you have the rank to get these branches you must take it it would lead you towards a brighter future. You would have a lot of career opportunities.

I hope this helps


i have got a seat in nit trichy. should i choose production engineering or metallurgical engineering ? which course is of good scope ? which course is relatively easier ?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 25th Oct, 2020


see the both of the stream you have mentioned are the combination stream , production engineering has concepts of mechanical engineering, operations research, where metallurgical engineering is combination of chemical and industrial engineering. however none of the stream can not be said as easy stream, but you should chose as per your subjects of Interest. now coming to job prospect there is wide scope in different industry from both of the stream, but the vacancy is comparatively less in public sector undertakings.

hope it would help.


in Andhra university are marine engineering, instrumentation engineering, geo informatics, metallurgical have a degree value and placement

Srivani Vadde 24th Oct, 2020

These courses are very  interesting courses. But max people don't know about these courses because max students  first preference is  top branches only. If you studied in andhra university that degree definitely has a value and placements are also good. But top branches have more placements compare to these branches.



metallurgical engineering in JNTU Hyderabad

Dhruv 20th Oct, 2020
Hello, as you have not mentioned for course either Btech or Mtech I am listing links which will help you

For btech in Metallurgy Engineering

For Mtech in Metallurgy Engineering

Metallurgy Engineering is a good branch and if you want to go for higher education or research after btech then it is a very good option.

All the best.

Hope this will help you.

2020 jee mains *ST closing rank of *round 1 in *metallurgical engineer is *3171 in *NIT durgapur *my rank is 3067, but *didnt get anything why?

ARYAN SAGAR 17th Oct, 2020
Dear student,

As you are saying that st closing rank for nit durgapur for metallurgical branch in round 1 counseling is 3161, and your st rank is 3067, then there is no chance that you will not get nit durgapur.
Because it is impossible case, that you lie in the cutoffs range and not got seat.

But you have to check - whether it is the cutoff closing rank for other states candidate ot hone state candidate.
If you belong from west bengal, then you can easily get nit durgapur's metallurgical and materials engineering branch. But if you are from other state candidate then you can not get metallurgical branch.

Also as per seeing the last year cutoff closing ranks for st candidate for round 1, if you are an other state candidates, then you can not get metallurgical branch but if you belong  from west bengal then you can get metallurgical and materials engineering branch easily.

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