What is a Metallurgical Technician and how do I become one?
This job can offer you an essential role in Australia’s mining industry. So…
What is a Metallurgical Technician?
Metallurgical technicians study different kinds of ore so they can be used for mineral processing, metal refining or research. They aid other technicians, metallurgists and metallurgical engineers.
Their work includes obtaining and preparing a sample from the ore to test it. They then test on and experiment with samples. They develop programs for testing which are often facilitated by a metallurgist or other professional. Once results are in they create reports containing their analysis.
Metallurgical technicians set up labs with equipment, readying it for experiments, they then also tidy up after their work and clean the lab and equipment used.
This is a role for those who enjoy maths and science and like to research and experiment. It involves using high tech scientific and computer equipment, and needs someone who can understand and analyse the results of tests and experiments. Attention to detail and being accurate are key to the role.
Hours & Condition:
Metallurgical technicians work in laboratories, factories or at mine sites. The work is full time and follows a standard number of hours per week but the schedule depends on the workplace as some require shift work.
If working at a mine site shift works is common and many roles maybe fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) or drive-In, drive-out (DIDO) hours that require periods away from home..
How to become a Metallurgical Technician: Qualifications
To become a metallurgical technician VET qualification in manufacturing technology (metallurgy), engineering or engineering technology is usually required. For metallurgist roles getting a degree in metallurgy, mineral science, or earth science is needed. Often, being a technician is the stepping stone to a higher position as a metallurgist afterwards.
To look at courses that will help you find a role as a metallurgical technician check out https://www.careerhq.com.au/careers-database
There are new investments in mining resources where work involves tech metals which will lead to some opportunities for this role. The increasing development of modern technologies and metals used in developing daily products will offer greater employment as a metallurgist technician, however there is a current slowdown within the mining sector.