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Is anyone skilled in metallurgical engineering? Answered

*Yes, I know, another question involving college and my future life.*

I am kind of split between mechanical engineer and metallurgical engineer. They both have some great benefits and trades that I'd love to go into, but it's difficult deciding which would be better for me.

I do aspire, no matter what field I go into, to weld and do other metalworking, although I don't just want to weld for people. I know it sounds weird, but I like to take the time to know about what I am working on, and not work at "face value", if you will.

So, any mechanical or metallurgical engineers who want to try to sway me one way or another, please do so now. ;-) Thanks,

Bran.

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SophiaT25
SophiaT25

1 year ago

Hi, I felt troubled lately... I was really torn to what courses I should take whether veterinary medicine, military/army and metallurgist. And if I'd be on the practicability side, metallurgist wins. (Like it pays really well, and the currency exchange between my country and other countries are really high). I also heard that metallurgy things are tough.

I actually really have no idea. This is the point of my life where, I don't really care which I should take but at the same time I want to be reassured. And I'm weighing the pros and cons... The salary and everything. I'm nervous and scared. Like I'll be going to college soon and I still have no idea what I should be taking...

Oh and please don't answer me "Whatever your heart desires" Because this is the point of my question. I really need help and assurance. So please.. Thank you so much!

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Patrik
Patrik

11 years ago

Mechanical engineering (and these days, electrical engineering) is far more general purpose than metallurgical engineering. You can easily be a mechanical engineer specialized in metalworking or metallurgy, but it wouldn't make much sense to label someone a metallurgist who "specializes in mechanical engineering". By the way, metalworking is not necessarily the same as metallurgy. One specifies the medium in which you prefer to work, the other deals with the physics and chemistry of that medium. Similar to being a painter versus being a specialist on pigments.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

11 years ago

Ohh damn tough choice indeed, I was tempted by metallurgy but mech eng. is winning and if I can get on the course motorsport engineering is what I want to do, means moving to Oxford though...

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Metal Man
Metal Man

11 years ago

Hello Brian. I will give you the input of an "old graybeard" metallurgist. I started out my college career in mechanical engineering. Great field. The widest variety of possible professional positions doing everything because all things need design and that's what mechanical engineers do. In my junior year I took my first course in metallurgy and "fell in love". Now I must add that some 35 years later I found that my last name Jerner comes from Swedish. Jern in Swedish means "low carbon steel or iron" (so it may be that I was programmed by my ancestors to be a "metallurgist". I went on to get a BS and MS in metallurgical engineering and a Ph.D. in Metallurgy. Metallurgists do more than welding and welding design. Metallurgists and metallurgical engineers do everything from "winning the metal from the ore" to secondary recovery. I taught at the University of Oklahoma for 11 years and then went out into the business world as a consultant. There are very few metallurgists/metallurgical engineers graduated each year. I do not know the present statistics but back when I was teaching there were only from 600 to 950 BS's in Metallurgical Engineering awarded each year. The year I received my Ph.D. there were only about 10-12 Ph.D.'s in Metallurgy/Metallurgical Engineering awarded that year. This makes for "few and far between" and very good for consulting opportunities. Most companies today only need a Metallurgical Engineer very rarely and thus many Metallurgical Engineers become consultants and each and every day you are working on a different project. I do Litigation Consulting. That is, after an accident, (truck, automobile, air plane, cranes, anything made from metal) there will be "broken metal" (or plastic/non-metallic). The question is did the metal break and cause the accident or did the accident cause the metal to break?? That's what I do. For more info go to www.metallurgist.com or for much more detail of the type of accidents that I have worked on for the past 40 years go to www.metallurgist.com/CV Hope this helps. R. Craig Jerner, Ph.D., PE

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

11 years ago

So my University offers three tracks for Mech. Engineers 1. Mechanical Systems 2. Energy Systems 3. Materials And keep in mind... You can always do graduate work in materials sciences. Personally, I'm doing mechanical systems - but I really enjoyed my materials classes :)

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

11 years ago

I would suggest mech. engineering. You could be part of a r&d team that is in the shop all day long.

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guyfrom7up
guyfrom7up

11 years ago

what does a mechanical engineer do? Do they like make engines or bikes or stuff like that? Welding is always needed, buildings go up every day, countries keep on making taller and taller buildings just so they can say they have it, which includes thousands of welders. but welding all day, you'll get hot.

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Bran
Bran

Reply 11 years ago

From what I can tell, if it is made, and it moves, a mechanical engineer designed it. They do engines, boats, transportation etc.. True, welding is needed, but I'm not sure if a straight-up welding job is right for me. All I know is, I don't want to be stuck in front of a desk all day. I want to get my hands dirty, if you will.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Well, to my knowledge, engineers do the thinking / paperwork (computer work) most of the time. Now, not that they don't "try or experiment" with things ( For instance.... )

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Bran
Bran

Reply 11 years ago

Thanks, btw!