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Metallurgical Engineering

Metallurgical Engineering

Undergraduate Major

MJRH-MTENG

Major
Metallurgical Engineering Major (BEng Hons)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 80
Credit
600

Outline

Learn to design and manage plant processing operations to create mineral and metal products.

Mining students inside a mine

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)

Qualify sooner

Start working as a professional engineering graduate in just four years.

Professional recognition

Graduates fulfil the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia for a professional engineer.

Metallurgical engineers mostly work in converting raw metals and minerals into more useable formats, such as converting iron ore and coal into steel. They extract, refine and recycle metals and minerals that are used in energy production, food production, housing, transportation and other areas that play in an important part in most aspects of everyday life.

In this major you will learn to design, develop, optimise and manage the operation of metallurgical processing plants that transform low-value raw materials into useful, high-value mineral and metal products in an economical and environmentally responsible way.

You will receive a strong grounding in chemical and physical engineering, economic, environmental and sustainable principles, and the extraction of metals from ores. The course also includes a strong management component.

After your Engineering Foundation Year in Perth, you can go directly to Curtin’s Kalgoorlie Campus, or study for a second year in Perth before completing your third and final years in Kalgoorlie. Studying in Kalgoorlie will provide you with meaningful exposure to the mining industry.

In your final year of study you will undertake a major research and design project.

This major sits within the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • Well-equipped laboratories for hands-on training
  • Excellent links to industry.
  • You will have the opportunity to study at Curtin’s WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering, a leader in mining and geosciences education in Australia.
  • As a metallurgical engineer, you may find employment in metallurgical processing plants, engineering companies, consultancies, research and development companies, and academic, finance and banking institutions within Australia or internationally.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates fulfil the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia.

The course is also recognised by the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Career information

Careers

  • Metallurgist
  • Hydrometallurgist
  • Metallurgical engineer
  • Minerals engineer
  • Process control specialist
  • Process engineer
  • Process mineralogy specialist
  • Pyrometallurgy specialist

Industries

  • Banking and finance
  • Engineering
  • Equipment design and sales
  • Food production
  • Housing
  • Mining and minerals processing
  • Research and development
  • Transportation

Further study

  • Graduate Diploma in Metallurgy
  • Master of Engineering Management
  • Master of Engineering Science (Metallurgy)
  • Master of Engineering Science (Mining)
  • Master of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy

What you'll learn

  • apply scientific and engineering principles to metallurgical process development including sound risk management, environmental and OHS practice
  • think critically and creatively to generate innovative solutions and apply logical and rational processes to analyse metallurgical technology practice
  • access, evaluate and synthesise metallurgical information from multiple sources
  • communicate in ways appropriate to the discipline of minerals engineering and metallurgy
  • use and apply technologies, recognising their advantages and limitations when applied to minerals and metallurgical information
  • demonstrate responsibility and self-learning skills by applying critical reflection and being proactive
  • describe and apply international best practice standards in minerals engineering and metallurgical methods and technologies
  • demonstrate respect for cultural diversity in professional life
  • work ethically and professionally, both within a team and independently

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 80
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.

  • STAT entry : Not accepted but may be used to demonstrate English competency.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 80
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.

  • STAT entry : Not accepted but may be used to demonstrate English competency.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 80
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.

  • STAT entry : Not accepted but may be used to demonstrate English competency.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • attained an ATAR of 80 and completed the prerequisites; or
  • if you have studied Maths Applications or equivalent:
    • completed 75 credits within one semester with a semester weighted average (SWA) of at least 70%; or
    • completed 100 credits within one semester with SWA of 65% or higher, plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR and Chemistry ATAR; or
  • if you have studied Maths Methods or equivalent:
    • completed 75 credits within one semester with an SWA of 65%; or
    • completed 100 credits within one semester with an SWA of 60% or higher, plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR, and Physics ATAR or Chemistry ATAR.

The Maths Methods prerequisite can be met with:

  • Maths Methods ATAR; or
  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics or MATH1005 Pre-Calculus (12.5 credits); and
  • MATH1014 Foundations of Calculus.

The Physics ATAR prerequisite can be met with:

  • Physics ATAR; or
  • PHYS1006 Foundations of Physics.

The Chemistry ATAR prerequisite can be met with:

  • Chemistry ATAR; or
  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • attained an ATAR of 80 plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR, and Physics ATAR or Chemistry ATAR; or
  • if you have studied Maths Applications or equivalent:
    • completed 75 credits within one semester, with a semester weighted average (SWA) of 70%; or
    • completed 100 credits within one semester, with an SWA of 65% or higher, plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR, and Physics ATAR or Chemistry ATAR; or
  • if you have studied Maths Methods or equivalent:
    • completed 75 credits within one semester, with an SWA of 65%; or
    • completed 100 credits within one semester, with an SWA of 60% or higher, plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR, and Physics ATAR or Chemistry ATAR.

Other requirements and notes for this course

The first year of this course is only offered at the Perth campus. The final two years are available only at the Kalgoorlie campus.

Admission criteria may be different if you are studying this major as part of a double degree. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

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  • Curtin course code: MJRH-MTENG
  • Last updated on: December 10, 2019