Metallurgical Engineering deals with all sorts of metal-related areas. In this branch of engineering, study of science of metals and their properties, their extraction from their ores, making alloys etc. has been done. Demand for metallurgical engineers is increasing in India and will also increase at huge level due to increasing numbers of steel plants. India would be next to China in steel manufacturing and consumption, by 2025. In near future there will be an increasing demand in this field. You should study hard and get good score in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) to get admission in the IIT for your post graduate studies. If you will be able to do this you will have good opportunities and campus selection also. First you should focus on your studies and score good marks. You should also grab knowledge of some softwares like autocad etc. Knowledge of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) laboratory techniques is also very useful. It is used in science and industry to detect surface and sub-surface defects of a material, component or system without causing damage.
Metallurgical Engineers can get a job in private sector as well as government sectors. You can seek scope in India and abroad as well. You can work as Metallurgist, Plant Equipment Engineer, Quality Planning Engineer, Supplier Development Engineer, Senior Process Engineer, Welding Engineer and Ballistics Engineer etc.
Following department needs knowledge and skills of metallurgical engineers: Equipment- Design, manufacturing and Installation, Projects-Planning, Engineering and execution, EHS, Sales & Marketing, Production and planning, Quality assurance, Consultancy, Operations and Manufacturing, R & D, Process and Application of enginnering, costing and controlling etc.
There are various ferrous and non- ferrous industries.
1. Ferrous Industries: They primarily consists of iron and different varieties of steel and their demands comes from construction and automobile sectors.
2. Non- ferrous Industries: Non-ferrous metals include aluminium and its alloys, copper, zinc, lead, nickel, lead, Manganese and tin, Rare metals & precious metals. Their demand comes from sectors such as agriculture, automobiles, railways, telecommunications, construction and chemicals.
Major recruiters are Jindal Steel, NALCO, TATA Steel, Hindlaco, Birla, SAIL, Strelite, Hind Zinc, Vedanta, Bhushan, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., HCL, Larsons Group, Reliance Industries Ltd., New Bharat Refractories Ltd., MECON,EIL, MINALCO, Mishra Dhatu Nigam, Regional Research Labs, John Deere, Finolex, National Metallurgical Labs, The Metal Powder Company Ltd., Utkal Mineral, vehicle industry etc. Some of these companies are dealing in ferrous and some in non- ferrous and some in both. You can choose as per your choice and according to opportunity you can grab.
Apart from these metallurgical jobs, there are vacancies in government organization including ISRO, DRDO, BARC, and railway, aviation , and nano science.
Besides you can also go for teaching after completing M.Tech and Ph.D.
Some of these institutes also conduct their own exam for recruitment etc. You should check websites of these companies and employment new for regular updates.