1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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2119-15 Extractive Metallurgist

Researches, develops, controls and provides advice on processes used in extracting metals from their ores and the washing, crushing and grading of ore or refining metals.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • studies and applies chemical and metallurgical techniques for extracting and refining metallic materials from their ores or concentrates
  • coordinates the analysis of samples taken from metallurgical process streams to ensure safe and economic operation
  • advises operations personnel on process changes required to obtain desired products, processes and quality control
  • specifies temperature adjustments, charge mixtures and other processing variables to obtain pig iron, steel or other metals of specified quality
  • investigates methods of improving metallurgical processes such as selective oxidation, reduction, electrolysis, and distillation to extract aluminium, lead, copper, zinc, nickel and other non-ferrous metals from their ores
  • assists with the design and preparation of specifications for primary and preparation plants
  • may prepare cost budgets of operations to evaluate the economic feasibility of processes
  • may supervise and coordinate the work of technicians and other workers in the extractive process

Specialisations:
Hydrometallurgical Engineer
Pyrometallurgical Engineer

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