It is the objective of the department of metallurgical and materials engineering undergraduate program to provide an educational experience that develops the fundamental scientific and technical engineering principles to prepare the student for the 21st century. Students receive an integrated learning experience, which includes classroom and laboratory courses that enhance their analytical, experimental, synthesis and design skills for problem solving, that address their responsibilities to society and the environment. These experiences emphasize the growth of their teamwork, communicative and leadership skills.

Program Objectives

The University of Alabama Department of metallurgical and materials engineering has adopted the following objectives to ensure that our graduates are equipped to meet known and anticipated technical challenges in our profession. Graduates of the metallurgical and materials engineering program are expected within a few years of graduation to: 

  1. Be successful in applying fundamental principles of metallurgical engineering to solve contemporary engineering problems. 
  2. Communicate effectively in a wide variety of situations.  
  3. Succeed in the global engineering professional community.

Student Educational Outcomes

The department of metallurgical and materials engineering at The University of Alabama will demonstrate that its graduates have: 

  1. The ability to apply knowledge of math, science and engineering principles to Metallurgical Systems.
  2. The ability to design and conduct experiments.
  3. The ability to analyze and interpret data and to prepare professional-style engineering reports.
  4. The ability to design metallurgical systems, components or processes to meet necessary specifications, and understand the fundamental principles of the structure, processing, properties and performance of metallurgical systems.
  5. The ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  6. The ability to identify, formulate and integrate the knowledge from each of the four elements of the field described in “d” to solve materials selection and design problems.
  7. The ability to communicate effectively through writing and speaking.
  8. A broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering in a global economic, environmental and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need to engage in lifelong learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. The ability to use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  12. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
CH 1014CH 1024
EN 1013EC 1103
MATH 1254EN 1023
MTE 121 or ENGR 1111MATH 1264
ENGR 1033 
 15 14
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
MATH 2274AEM 2013
MTE 2523MATH 2383
MTE 2713MTE 2753
PH 1054MTE 3624
Humanities Elective (HU/L/FA)3PH 1064
 17 17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
ECE 3203MTE 3533
MTE 3734MTE 4164
MTE 3803MTE 4554
Humanities elective (HU/L/FA)3Social and behavioral sciences elective (HI/SB)3
AEM 2503Advanced science elective3
 16 17
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
MTE 4414MTE 4453
MTE 4433MTE elective3
MTE 4814Advanced Mathematics or Statistics elective3
MTE elective3Humanities elective (HU/L/FA)3
 History or Social Behavioral Sciences elective (HI/SB)3
 14 15
Total Hours: 125
1

A list of acceptable science and math electives is available in the metallurgical and materials engineering department’s office.

2

MTE students may take any MTE 400-level course or higher with the permission of the instructor.

Our graduates are employed in almost every engineering-related industry. Our recent graduates are employed in the aerospace, semiconductor chip, oil and petroleum, automotive, power and metal casting industries. Our graduates are also employed in government labs.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Our graduates have distinguished themselves in many careers, holding a wide range of managerial, scientific and engineering positions in industry, government and education. Our recent graduates have accepted positions at the following: NASA, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Exxon Mobil, Honda Manufacturing, US Steel, Nucor Steel, TVA, Motorola, ThyssenKrupp, Oak Ridge National Lab, National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Our alumni are leaders in the field of metallurgical and materials engineering. The positions they hold at metallurgical/materials engineering companies include President and Owner, President and CEO, President and General Manager, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Engineer, Technology Director, Systems Engineer Manager, Senior Process Engineer and Site Manager.

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