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Materials and Metallurgical Engineers

About This Career

Materials and Metallurgical Engineers conduct studies and analyze the properties and characteristics of metals and other non-metallic materials. They plan, design and develop machinery used to transport gases and liquids related to hydrocarbon production and refining. Their key duties include conducting studies on materials to determine failure conditions, designing processes for corrosion prevention, designing welding programs that adhere to regulatory requirements, and supervising processes and production staff engaged in these processes.  

Metallurgical Engineers research and develop new alloys and systems for extracting metal from ores. Materials Engineers also research and develop new non-metallic materials with physical characteristics to meet specific requirements.  In the oil and gas industry, they also provide technical guidance and input to address corrosion concerns, materials choices for repair or replacement of existing piping and vessels and review of welding procedures.

Education: A post-secondary degree in metallurgical, materials, ceramic or chemical engineering or in a related engineering discipline is typically required. A master's or doctorate degree in a related engineering discipline may be preferred by some employers.

Employment: This occupation is found in onshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production, oil sands and oil and gas services and pipelines sectors of the oil and gas industry. 

Example titles: Corrosion Engineer, Electrometallurgical Engineer, Hydrometallurgical Engineer, Materials Engineer, Metallurgical Engineer, Physical Metallurgical Engineer, Welding Engineer

Work Activities
Analyzing Data or Information
Calculating and managing the remaining life of pressure boundary and rotating and static components by working as part of a team using critical crack sizes coupled with non-destructive testing (NDT) capability.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
Recommending and coordinating failure analysis testing when required.
Getting Information
Conducting studies on the properties and characteristics of materials.
Conducting chemical and physical analytical studies, failure analyses and other studies required to recommend material selection, design of materials, corrosion control measures, operational testing and other procedures.
Supporting corrosion- or materials-related investigations, failure analysis and total asset integrity management activities.
Monitor Processes, Materials or Surroundings
Monitoring material performance and evaluating material deterioration.
Performing Administrative Activities
Writing reports.
Complex Problem Solving
Engineering and Technology
Production and Processing
Quality Control Analysis
Systems Analysis
Career Path
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Project Development
  • Research and Development
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Working Conditions
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Heights
    Working from Heights
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
  • Fieldoroffice
    Office or Field Based
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Job Details

Job Category




Oil and gas services

Oil sands

Exploration and production



Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary degree


  • To obtain a license as a professional engineer (P. Eng), you must obtain a degree from an accredited engineering program, pass a Professional Practice exam and have three to four years of engineering experience, of which one year must be gained in Canada. You must also have Canadian citizenship or proof of permanent residency in Canada.
  • Once licensed, engineers receive a seal to stamp their designs and drawings.
  • Unlicensed engineers must work under the supervision of a P. Eng.