Updated on Sep 10, 2021 03:19 IST

Metallurgical Engineering is a domain of engineering that, studies fundamentals of metal processing, extraction and designing along with physical and chemical behavior of metallic elements. It is a science that, gives an understanding of purifying and alloying metals, extraction of metals from their ores and manufacturing useful objects from metals.

Every industry that manufactures, refines, buy and sell metal requires Metallurgical Engineer. In India, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Varanasi was the first to start the Department of Metallurgy in the year 1925. Now, all eminent institutions like IITs, NITs, other Government and Private Universities offer admission to Metallurgical Engineering.

Metallurgical Engineering Courses

Metallurgical Engineering is a wide-ranging course that covers all the aspects of metal extraction, testing of metals, metal refining and processing, etc. Following are the courses available under Metallurgical Engineering:

  • Physical Metallurgy
  • Extractive Metallurgy
  • Mechanical Metallurgy
  • Corrosion Metallurgy
  • Welding Metallurgy

There are two broad categories under Metallurgy i.e. Chemical Metallurgy and Physical Metallurgy. Chemical Metallurgy is primarily concerned with chemical performance of metals, oxidation of metals and their reduction. On the other hand, Physical Metallurgy deals with the physical performance of metals and mechanical & physical properties of metals.

Metallurgical Engineering Eligibility Criteria

Candidates seeking admission to Metallurgical Engineering must fulfill the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria is different for Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses. Metallurgical engineering eligibility criteria for different courses can be seen below.

For Diploma Courses:

  • Candidates must have passed Class 10 or equivalent examination with Mathematics and Science as mandatory subjects from a recognized Board/University.

For Undergraduate Courses:

  • Candidates must have passed Class 12 or equivalent exam with minimum 50% aggregate marks with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects.
  • They should have qualified the entrance examination organized at National/State level or conducted by the any university or institution

For Postgraduate Courses:

  • Candidates must possess bachelor’s degree in the concerned field and a valid GATE score or any other exam accepted by the institute/university.
  • They should have obtained minimum of 60% aggregate marks in their UG degree.

Metallurgical Engineering Subjects

After getting admission to BTech in Metallurgical Engineering course, candidates will the opportunity to study different subjects in each semester. There are total 8 semesters, which is organized in a span of 4 years. Check the names of Metallurgical Engineering subjects in the table given below.

Metallurgical Engineering Subjects

Semester I

Semester II



Computer Programming



Strength of Materials

Engineering Mechanics

Heat Engineering



Basic Engineering Drawing

Advanced Engineering Drawing

Semester III

Semester IV

Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer

Numerical Analysis

Geology and Minerals Beneficiation

Applied Electronics and Instrumentation

Electrical Technology-A

Material Science


Thermodynamics of Materials

Machine Design and Drawing

Testing of Materials


Fuels and Combustion

Semester V

Semester VI

Deformation and Fracture Behaviour of Materials

Steel Making

Physical Metallurgy - I

Foundry Metallurgy

Iron Making

Extraction of Non-ferrous Metals

Chemical Kinetics and Mass Transfer

Solid state Phase Transformation Processes

Electro-Chemistry and Corrosion

Physics of Metals

Semester VII

Semester VIII

Alloy Steel Making and Ferroalloys

X-ray Diffraction

Metal Working Processes

Industrial Management and Engineering Economics

Material Engineering

Metal Joining and Powder Metallurgy

Elective – I

a) Theory of Metallurgical Processes

b) Light Metals and Alloys

c) Composite Materials

Elective – II

a) Advanced Characterisation Techniques

b) Coating Technology

c) Nanostructured Materials

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Metallurgical Engineering Skills Required

Metallurgical engineers carry out multiple tasks while performing their job and it requires some set of skills like:

  • Analytical skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Team coordination
  • Communication skills
  • Operational features of instruments, etc.

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Metallurgical Engineering Job Profiles

Metallurgical engineers inspect metals and alloys to determine their physical and chemical properties. They develop new alloys for specific applications like lightweight but strong metals for aircraft parts, automobile or conductive metals for electronics. The responsibilities of a Metallurgical engineer includes:

  • Design extraction methods
  • Conduct material analysis
  • Support quality control
  • Design alloy

Metallurgical Engineering Top Companies

List of some top companies offering jobs to Metallurgical engineer are:

Ferrous (Iron & Steel) Industries:

  • Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL)
  • Visakhapatnam Steel Plant
  • Visakhapatnam Jindal Steel Works (JSW) – Bellary
  • TISCO- Jamshedpur
  • USHA Martin group
  • Essar Steels
  • National Mineral Developing Corporation (NMDC) Kudrumukh Iron Ore Ltd, etc.

Non- Ferrous Industries:

  • National Alumnium Co. Ltd. (NALCO)
  • Sterlite group
  • Hindustan Zinc Ltd
  • Hindustan Copper Ltd. (HCL)
  • MIDHANI, etc

Oil Companies:

  • HPCL
  • IOCL
  • BPCL etc.

Research Institutes:

  • DMRL (Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory)
  • NML (National Metallurgical Laboratory)
  • BARC (Bhaba Atomic Research Center)- Mumbai
  • IGCAR (Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research)- Kalpakkam
  • Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd (HAL) - Bangalore
  • CMET- Labs, Hyderabad

Metallurgical Engineering FAQs

Q. What is the duration of BE/BTech Metallurgical Engineering?

A.  The duration of BE/BTech in Metallurgical Engineering is of four years in total and includes eight semesters.

Q. What is the eligibility criteria for pursuing BE Metallurgical Engineering?

A. Candidates should have obtained 50% aggregate marks in Class 12 from a recognized board. For detailed course-wise eligibility, candidates can check the details in the article above.

Q. What is the average fee for admission to the BE/BTech Metallurgical Engineering course?

A. The average fees for admission to the BTech/BE Metallurgical Engineering range from Rs 1.25 to Rs 2 LPA. It depends upon the respective institute in which a student is enrolled.

Q. Is there a possibility for Metallurgical Engineers to get a job in DRDO?

A. Metallurgical Engineers are also recruited by the DRDO. The organisation releases notification in case of any requirement or vacancy in the pertinent discipline.

Q. Can Metallurgical Engineers become a professor after pursuing BTech?

A. Candidates who wish to become a professor after BTech in Metallurgical Engineering will also be required to complete MTech and PhD in the required discipline.

Q. What are some of the top companies to pursue an internship after completion of BE Metallurgical Engineering Course?

A. The top companies for pursuing an internship after completion of the BE  Metallurgical Engineering are SAIL, Hindalco,  TISCO, etc.

Q. Which are the top colleges for BTech/BE in Metallurgical Engineering course?

A. Some of the top colleges or Universities for BE in Metallurgical Engineering are IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur, BITS Pilani, NIT Delhi, Delhi Technological University, etc.

Q. How to apply for PSU jobs after possessing BTech Metallurgical Engineering degree?

A. Metallurgical Engineer will be required to qualify GATE. After qualifying for the exam with good marks, students may get a job in PSUs.

Q. How to become Assistant Engineer (AE) after pursuing BTech in Metallurgical Engineering?

A. Candidates who want to become AE in the Metallurgical Department of various states will be required to clear the required exam with a decent score and then participate in various processes.

Q. What is the starting salary offered by PSUs to Metallurgical Engineers?

A. PSUs offer Rs 50,000 approximately (monthly) to the candidates selected as Metallurgical Engineers.

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Popular Metallurgical Engineering UG Courses in India

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Yash Walke

2022-03-01 15:00:20

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for B.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering at COEP Pune.

Reply to Yash Walke

Pranav Raj

Beginner-Level 5

6 days ago

For cutoff you have to visit the website of COEP Pune .B.Tech Metallurgical Engineering rank
3615 in the year 2018.
2639 in the year 2019 for boys.
3860 in the year 2019 for girls.
For latest please visit the website ie coep.org.in


Kuber Mishra

2022-01-14 09:22:58

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering (Part Time) at Government Polytechnic Pune.

Reply to Kuber Mishra

Kishor Jadhav

Beginner-Level 3

a month ago

https://gppune.ac.in/gpp/gpp_s20/upload/Cut off Merit Academic Year 2020-2021.pdf
Check last year cut off of all stream...

Group Captain Vinayak Deodhar

Scholar-Level 18

a month ago

Hello Kuber Mishra, I am afraid that information you are seeking is just not available on the net. Perhaps you need to either visit the polytechnic or call them on telephone to get information.
Best wishes to you.



2022-01-15 11:24:57

Currently I am doing metallurgical engineering. How do I go abroad for further studies?

Reply to Nature

Group Captain Vinayak Deodhar

Scholar-Level 18

a month ago

Hi, it's very nice to hear from you that you are interested in doing your PG from abroad. Admissions abroad are not based exclusively on the academic performance but depends on many factors. It's best to approach an agency that is dealing with sending students abroad for PG. But most importantly ...Hi, it's very nice to hear from you that you are interested in doing your PG from abroad. Admissions abroad are not based exclusively on the academic performance but depends on many factors. It's best to approach an agency that is dealing with sending students abroad for PG. But most importantly you must study to understand the subjects prescribed and not for scoring marks. Best wishes to you.

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