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Metallurgical Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Researches, tests and processes the metals used to produce industrial products. Researches products, develops metallurgical engineering processes and manages tests of materials and industrial processes.

Job Outlook

There were 13 Metallurgical Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 562 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Materials Engineer industry, which includes the Metallurgical Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Metallurgical Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $80,292.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $77,540.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Metallurgical Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $71,521.

Education and Experience

Posted Metallurgical Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree68%
Master's Degree24%
Doctoral Degree8%
Other0%

Posted Metallurgical Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years30%
3 to 5 years51%
6 to 8 years12%
9+ years7%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Metallurgical Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (38%)
  • Research (27%)
  • Problem Solving (25%)
  • Microsoft Office (22%)
  • Planning (19%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Metallurgy (55%)
  • Materials Science (49%)
  • Failure Analysis (29%)
  • Heat Treatment (19%)
  • Materials Engineering (17%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Technical Support (20%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (15%)
  • Chemistry (15%)
  • Process Improvement (13%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Fracture Mechanics (6%)
  • Nondestructive Testing (NDT) (6%)
  • Process Engineering (6%)
  • Machining (5%)
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (4%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Scanning Electron Microscope (4%) – marginal value $3,736
  • Metals Industry Knowledge (2%) – marginal value $1,679
  • Metal Manufacturing (2%) – marginal value $1,555
  • Process Control (7%) – marginal value $1,514

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Metallurgical Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Metallurgist
  • Senior Metallurgist
  • Process Metallurgist
  • Plant Metallurgist

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Metallurgical Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (27)
  • Exponent (23)
  • Precision Castparts (13)
  • Element Materials Technology (12)
  • Ellwood Group Incorporated (12)

North Carolina

  • Xerox (3)
  • Nucor Steel Hertford (2)
  • Grede Company (2)
  • Nucor Corporation (1)
  • Gkn Aerospace (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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