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Duty:
Analyze the properties of the materials used in
the construction of a power plant and its equipment to
ensure their integrity during operation

Alternate Title(s):Corrosion Engineer; Failure Analyst;
Materials and Processes Manager; Materials Scientist;
Physical Metallurgist

Salary Range US: $45,000 to $100,000 or more
Salary Range Indo: -

Employment Prospects: Fair

Prerequisites:
Education or Training—Bachelor of Science degree in
material science, metallurgy, or chemistry is preferred;
postgraduate study that focuses on metallurgy and minerals
processing and engineering is recommended
Experience—One to two years’ background in nuclear
power plant processes and environment; two to four years
of experience in the testing of metals and other materials
used in construction
Special Skills and Personality Traits—Capable of critical
thinking and complex problem solving; excellent
computer skills; good oral and written communication
skills; persistence and thoroughness
Special Requirements—Certification as a professional
engineer usually required; power plant security
clearance necessary

Tips for Entry :
1. During high school, along with your heavy load of
math and science curriculum, undertake business and
communications classes, as these skills will be necessary
for your career as a metallurgical engineer.
2. Throughout your college years, explore options to
work with your hands building scientific apparatus,
performing laboratory experiments, and learning about
(and practicing) computer modeling techniques.
3. Read power plant industry journals and subscribe to useful
e-mail newsletters about the industry, as the more you
know about power plant and the industry that produces
it, the easier it will be to talk to people who are
working in the field and those who will be interviewing
you for employment.

CAREER LADDER

Entry = College Graduate; Chemist; Metallurgist
Middle = Materials Engineer
Top = Senior Technical Manager

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