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Metallurgical Technician

VOC Course Subject Prerequisites

Metallurgical technicians test materials as part of mineral processing and metal refining, or for research purposes, and provide technical support to metallurgical engineers.


    Metallurgical technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • obtain, measure and prepare samples for testing
  • put materials through test procedures, often using complex equipment, under the direction of metallurgists and other professionals
  • analyse, record and report results
  • put together charts, graphs and other data for reports
  • set up, operate and clean laboratories and scientific equipment


  • enjoy technical and engineering activities
  • analytical skills
  • enjoy mathematics and science
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • aptitude for working with computers

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Technical/Engineering


Primary Metallurgical Technician - prepares raw ore (rock or mineral to be mined) for refinement by crushing, screening and sub- sampling. They may also be involved in the grinding, leaching and flotation of ores, and may use operating equipment to separate ores by exploiting gravitational, electrical or magnetic properties.

Primary metallurgical technicians work at mine sites or in base laboratories.

Secondary Metallurgical Technician - may be involved in the development of new alloys and the technical supervision of metal and alloy manufacture, processing and fabrication in the industry.

Secondary metallurgical technicians work in testing laboratories.


VOC Course Subject Prerequisites

To become a metallurgical technician you usually have to complete a VOC qualification in manufacturing technology, engineering or engineering technology. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education.


Metallurgical technicians may be employed as engineering technicians, research assistants, laboratory technicians, technical inspectors or quality control specialists.

Employment opportunities exist with service and research laboratories and metal manufacturers. Job openings are normally available in regional centres, near mining or manufacturing operations.

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Job Outlook for Metallurgical Technician Materials Australia Minerals Council of Australia The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)

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