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Currently, undergraduate students in the Department of Materials Engineering and Metallurgy are studying in the fields of Extractive Metallurgy Engineering and Industrial Metallurgy Engineering.

1- Extractive Metallurgy Engineering

Extractive metallurgy is the practice of removing valuable metals from an ore and refining the extracted raw metals into a purer form. In order to convert a metal oxide or sulfide to a purer metal, the ore must be reduced physically, chemically, or electrolytically. Extractive metallurgists are interested in three primary streams: feed, concentrate (valuable metal oxide/sulfide), and tailing (waste). After mining, large pieces of the ore feed are broken through crushing and/or grinding in order to obtain particles small enough where each particle is either mostly valuable or mostly waste. Concentrating the particles of value in a form supporting separation enables the desired metal to be removed from waste products.

Mining may not be necessary if the ore body and physical environment are conducive to leaching. Leaching dissolves minerals in an ore body and results into an enriched solution. The solution is collected and processed to extract valuable metals. Ore bodies often contain more than one valuable metal. Tailing of a previous process may be used as a feed in another process to extract a secondary product from the original ore. Additionally, a concentrate may contain more than one valuable metal. That concentrate would then be processed to separate the valuable metals into individual constituents.

Extractive Metallurgy Engineering is related to Extractive Metallurgy Mining and its application in the field of food processing industries such as steel, copper and aluminum. That trend will be followed by taking specialized courses such as mineral concentrates, iron, steel, refractory and expertise in this field . In general, Extractive Metallurgy Engineer can work in the centers and factories that are directly related to the needs of the smelters, iron, steel, non-ferrous metal processing, such as copper, aluminum, lead, and zinc smelters.

 

2- Industrial Metallurgy Engineering

Industrial Metallurgy Engineering Major is related to manufacturing industry parts and equipment for industrial machines  by taking specialized courses such as metal casting, metal forming, mold design, design industrial furnaces, welding engineering. Industrial Metallurgy Engineers design and develop metallurgical and materials engineering systems to enhance the quality of life.

In general, Industrial Metallurgy Engineers can work in centers and factories that are directly oriented toward the needs of the plant, casting, rolling, forging, extrusion, iron and steel Industry, storage of petroleum, petrochemical and gas Industry.




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