Chemical metallurgist


Chemical metallurgists are involved in the extraction of useable metals from ores and recycleable material. They study the properties of metal, such as corrosion and fatigue.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to chemical metallurgist:

chemical metallurgy scholar
chemical metallurgy expert
chemical metallurgy research analyst
steel industry expert
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chemical metallurgy analyst
chemical metallurgy consultant
chemicals metallurgist
chemical metallurgy scientist
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chemical metallurgy adviser
extraction metallurgist
chemical metallurgy researcher
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chemical metallurgy research scientist
chemical testers
chemical metallurgy specialist

Minimum qualifications

Bachelor’s degree is generally required to work as chemical metallurgist. However, this requirement may differ in some countries.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Chemical metallurgist is a Skill level 4 occupation.

Chemical metallurgist career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to chemical metallurgist.

process metallurgist
chemical tester
foundry manager

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of chemical metallurgist. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of chemical metallurgist with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of chemical metallurgist.

Non-ferrous metal processing: Various processing methods on non-ferrous metals and alloys such as copper, zinc and aluminium.
Precious metals: Types of rare metal that occur naturally and have a high economic value.
Metal and metal ore products: The offered metal and metal ore products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.
Chemical technologies in metal manufacture: The chemical procedures and technologies used  in basic metal production.
Alloys of precious metals: Types of material that consist of two or more metals or non-metals.
Ferrous metal processing: Various processing methods on iron and iron-containing alloys such as steel, stainless steel and pig iron.
Metal forming technologies: The variety of technologies and techniques, such as forging, pressing, stamping, rolling and others, used for the forming processes of metal product manufacturing.
Chemical processes: The relevant chemical processes used in manufacture, such as purification, seperation, emulgation and dispergation processing.
Types of metal: Qualities, specifications, applications and reactions to different fabricating processes of various types of metal, such as steel, aluminium, brass, copper and others.
Precious metal processing: Various processing methods on precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of chemical metallurgist.

Ensure compliance with environmental legislation: Monitor activities and perform tasks ensuring compliance with standards involving environmental protection and sustainability, and amend activities in the case of changes in environmental legislation. Ensure that the processes are compliant with environment regulations and best practices.
Conduct metallurgical structural analysis: Perform detailed analysis related to researching and testing new metal products.
Join metals: Join together pieces of metal using soldering and welding materials.
Manipulate metal: Manipulate the properties, shape and size of metal.
Monitor manufacturing quality standards: Monitor quality standards in manufacturing and finishing process.
Work in metal manufacture teams: Ability to work confidently within a metal manufacturing group with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole.
Prepare technical reports: Prepare technical reports that describe results and processes of scientific or technical research, or assess its progress. These reports help researchers to keep up to date with recent findings.
Perform sample testing: Examine and perform tests on prepared samples; avoid any possibility of accidental or deliberate contamination during the testing phase. Operate sampling equipment in line with design parameters.
Prepare samples for testing: Take and prepare samples for testing, verify their representability; avoid bias and any possibility of accidental or deliberate contamination. Provide clear numbering, labelling and recording of the sample details, in order to make sure that the results can be accurately matched to the original material.
Assess suitability of metal types for specific application: Assess the physical nature and structural composition of various metals and alloys, and analyse how the materials behave in different circumstances.
Develop new installations: Design and develop new facilities and installations, conduct feasibility studies.
Apply health and safety standards: Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of chemical metallurgist. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Innovation processes: The techniques, models, methods and strategies which contribute to the promotion of steps towards innovation.
Physics: The natural science involving the study of matter, motion, energy, force and related notions.
Types of metal manufacturing processes: Metal processes linked to the different types of metal, such as casting processes, heat treatment processes, repair processes and other metal manufacturing processes.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of chemical metallurgist. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Process incident reports for prevention: Verify incident information, complete reporting requirements and report to management and relevant site personnel, in order to enable follow-up and future prevention.
Interpret extraction data: Process and interpret extraction data and send feedback to the development teams; apply learnings to concrete operational activities.
Maintain ore processing equipment: Maintain and clean equipment; remove rubbish and spillages.
Ensure public safety and security: Implement the relevant procedures, strategies and use the proper equipment to promote local or national security activities for the protection of data, people, institutions, and property.
Extract materials from furnace: Remove materials from the furnace using a crane, a conveyor, by tilting the furnace, or using other methods.
Prepare extraction proposals: Prepare detailed extraction proposals by putting together subsurface information about extraction site and agreement of partners involved.
Extract products from moulds: Remove finished products from moulds and examine them in detail for anomalies.
Liaise with quality assurance: Work closely with the relevant quality assurance or grading party involved.
Monitor extraction logging operations: Monitor logging operations and oversee formation testing and sampling operations; analyse and interpret results.
Install monitors for process control: Plan and deploy a system of monitors for controlling specific processes in an organisation or a system.
Separate metals from ores: Apply various chemical and physical methods to separate minerals from their ores such as magnetic, electric or chemical methods
Test raw minerals: Take samples of mineral materials for testing purposes. Execute various chemical and physical tests on the materials.

ISCO group and title

2146 – Mining engineers, metallurgists and related professionals





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Last updated on August 8, 2022