Materials of today are exotic and so are the methods of producing them. For example, recent advances in materials development include those in nanomaterials and biomaterials. Metallurgists routinely produce things like metals with shape memories, ultrahigh-purity materials for computer chips, special alloys in space, materials for surgical implants, and superconductors. When metallurgical engineers make an advance, so do other engineering fields.
Program laboratories have the latest equipment including a scanning and transmission electron microscope and an atomic force microscope. All students receive valuable hands-on training on these sophisticated pieces of equipment.
Companies hiring recent graduates: Caterpillar, Nucor Steel, John Deere and RPM and Associates
Average starting salary: $59,750
Department: Materials and Metallurgical Engineering