The Challenges for Professional Metallurgical Education

  • Bob Hannah
  • Peter C. Hayes
Conference paper


The changes that are happening in the world of metallurgy, and with it university education, are generational and require generational responses. Some of the key issues facing metallurgical education and ongoing professional training are explored.

What will be required of metallurgical engineering professionals in the coming decades? What knowledge and skills will be needed? How to provide the educational and learning pathways, and how to attract smart young people into this profession? These are issues more readily addressed by tertiary institutions in conjunction with industry; perhaps the greater challenges lie in building and maintaining competencies post-graduation. There is a need to establish and maintain a system that supports graduates and enables them to develop further into competent expert engineers able to successfully address complex engineering challenges.


metallurgical engineering education professional attributes competency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bob Hannah
    • 1
  • Peter C. Hayes
    • 1
  1. 1.Metallurgical Engineering Program School of Chemical EngineeringThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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