Also known as: Minerals Engineer

Metallurgists research, control and develop processes used in extracting metals from their ores or for refining metals. Metallurgists work at mineral processing sites and may specialise in either primary (extractive) or secondary (physical) metallurgy. Primary metallurgists are most often employed by the mining and energy industry.


  • Study and apply physical methods for separating minerals from their ores using magnetic, electric, gravity or chemical methods;
  • Apply methods for extracting commercial quantities of minerals from their ores;
  • Supervise sampling from various stages of processing;
  • Advise operators on changes necessary to improve the process;
  • Improve process methods;
  • Develop and control methods of storing and treating waste material; and
  • Prepare technical reports.

Skills Required

  • Able to make clear and precise observations;
  • Able to identify, analyse and solve problems;
  • Able to work as part of a team;
  • Able to work independently;
  • Good communication skills;
  • A capacity for creative thinking;
  • Able to perform under pressure; and
  • Able to organise and prioritise work.


$80,000 - $125,000