Metallurgical engineering heat treating jobs

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Metallurgical engineering jobs in the heat treating industry have been around for a long time and will be around for many more decades to come. Primarily because a lot of ferrous components get heat treated after fabrication such as machining in order to harden them or impart other properties to the metal bulk, heat treating industries have been steadily remaining busy for the most part and have been providing metallurgical engineering jobs for several decades now.

Metallurgist positions in the heat treating industry generally lean towards quality control and quality assurance. Hence it is more than likely that as a metallurgist, you may end up with a quality control job or a quality assurance job in a heat treating facility. In order to improve the chances of being hired as a metallurgist in a heat treating facility, you may want to brush up your knowledge of phase diagrams, ferrous and non ferrous microstructures, time temperature transformation knowledge and general understanding of hardening, tempering, annealing, etc.

The only downside to metallurgical engineering jobs in the heat treating industry is that these positions do not pay all too well. In other words, the salary ranges for metallurgists in the heat treating industry is not very high and that is because the industry has sort of matured quite a bit with no significant major advancements in heat treating metallurgy within the last decade. All of the advancements have been in the process equipment and controls arena and usually these do not provide positions for metallurgists.

Nevertheless, metallurgical engineering jobs in the heat treating industry may form a nice starting place for your career, but you may want to consider moving up to other higher paying jobs soon.

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