A metallurgical technician usually works in a lab and tests raw materials and finished goods for commercial fields or general research. The technician is important in order to ensure that materials that are being used are of quality.
The use of hand tools may be necessary in order to cut and manipulate samples. Strong organizational skills are important to be able to properly label and document work. The technician will be assigned various metallurgical tests, in which time constraints may be important. Some things that will be inspected are the quality and microstructure of the material, coating quality and thickness, and rating of the material. The technician should be familiar with the testing equipment being used, such as microscopes, testing equipment, and cameras. The technician should be able to carry out maintenance and troubleshooting of this equipment when it is not functioning properly.
A minimum of a high school diploma is usually needed. In addition, completion of trade school relating to the metallurgical field is usually needed. There are some entry-level positions available, though some positions will require some lab experience and/or the ability to demonstrate proficiency with metallurgical procedures and tools. The job usually involves working in a lab, which must be kept clean and well-maintained by the metallurgical technician. The technician may sometimes be exposed to harmful chemicals. Though much of the work is done independently, it is also important to be able to communicate findings and concerns with management and other technicians.
Metallurgical Technician Tasks
Follow standard procedures to prepare, evaluate and analyze metals and materials.
Operate and maintain machinery.
Prepare samples and equipment for analyses.
Collect and analyze data and create reports to document findings.