Have you used a mobile phone, drunk from a can or ridden a bike today? Then welcome to the world of metallurgy!
Metals are used in every area of our daily lives. This course is therefore particularly diverse and extensive: from the extraction of metals from ore to the development and innovative moulding of a product, metallurgy covers a lot of different processes. One particular focus is recycling: scrap metal and recovered valuable metals are processed into new products, in order to protect resources and save energy. The Montanuniversität metallurgists can therefore use their knowledge to make a fundamental contribution to the prosperity and progress of our society.
What skills and interests do I need?
Metallurgists are literally bursting with creativity. They design products and find innovative solutions to make production processes both environmentally friendly and cost-effective. You need to have a passion for technology and natural science – particularly mathematics and chemistry – as well as enjoying analytical and interdisciplinary thinking.
What can I expect during my studies?
Metallurgy is an extremely diverse science – building on the principles you learn in the first four semesters, you then go into greater depth in the following areas:
- Ferrous and steel metallurgy: Iron is the heaviest metal by weight and is used for many purposes, often as the ferrous alloy steel. You will look at iron extraction and material development for cars, medical technology, the construction of a skyscraper and much more.
- Non-ferrous metallurgy: This module deals with the extraction, processing and materials engineering of metals such as aluminium, copper, zinc and high-tech materials such as titanium, magnesium, rare earths and desirable precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum. These are essential for the manufacturing of computers, smartphones or hybrid cars.
- Foundry technology: Metals are processed to form end products via various foundry procedures. The aim is to produce a high-quality, flawless cast part. Quality is the decisive factor for a product‘s service life and is extremely important in many sectors, e.g. the aerospace or automotive industries.
- Metal forming comprises a number of production processes in which metals are rendered into another form with e. g. a uniform micro structure of only a few grams or even up to a hundred tons.
- Simulation of metallurgical process allows you to optimise processes, develop new production methods (and avoiding expensive tests), and manage future processes and process chains.
- Industrial management: Metallurgists not only need technical knowledge, but also need to understand business so that they can master industrial business issues and management tasks.
In addition, the course focuses on fields such as combustion technology, high temperature and heat technology as well as environmental technology.
What can I expect after my studies?
Typical activities range from the development of new procedures, materials and products to the planning of production plants or the optimisation of business or energy processes. Leoben graduates are in demand all over the world in both management and research. The course is unique in Austria, which makes graduates highly sought after in industry and business.