Have you taken a sip from a beverage can today or gone for a ride with your bike? Welcome to the metallurgy universe! Metals are EVERYWHERE. Even your toothbrush is connected to metallurgy as no commodity goes through the production cycle without encountering metals. Through manufacturing machines, for instance. Metallurgy also matters for environmental protection – such as when, in order to preserve resources and save energy, scrap metals are used to make new products.
Requirements and interests: what we are looking for
Imagine liquid raw iron of 1,500 degrees Celsius runs out of the furnace, turning into YOUR high-tech end product. Sounds good? As metallurgist you will, literally, sparkle with creativity. You design products and develop innovative concepts to reshape production processes in ways that are not only economically feasible but also resource-wise and environmentally sound. If you have an inclination towards technology and natural sciences and enjoy both analytical and inter-disciplinary thinking, studying metallurgy is the right thing for you.
During your studies: what to look forward to
You start with a 4-semester foundation course; and then your world is ready to turn metallurgic: you will learn all about the exploitation, production and design of metallic materials. Insights into business economics, process engineering, mechanical engineering and materials engineering offer a range of different perspectives on methods and procedures. A key area is ferrous metallurgy where you will engage with the fabrication and possible use of products such as finest steel wire or steel beams in skyscrapers. Another specialisation track is non-ferrous metallurgy that covers all except for iron and is indispensable for the production of smartphones. Foundry science teaches you about casting processes that condition the lifespan of products and are particularly relevant for high-tech sectors like astronautics. Conversion technology shows you how to mill, bend, forge or print metals. And then, of course, digitalisation: the simulation of models and processes for environmentally friendly industrial procedures is another key are of the Metallurgy programme. Industrial economics, in turn, covers energy and environmental technologies as well as management tools. In the framework of your ensuing master’s degree you will be able to select two of these areas for further specialisation.
Following your studies: what to expect
As a Montanuniversität metallurgist you are well prepared not only for leadership positions in metal-producing or metal-processing companies but also for the development of new methods and products. Other future tasks may include the design of new manufacturing plants – or the optimisation of existing ones – in order to improve their environmental compatibility and energy efficiency. Are you ready to shape the future?