Metallurgical Engineering is a field of science that uses scientific principles of physics, mathematics, and chemistry as well as engineering processes to explain in detail and depth the phenomena of mineral processing (including processing of coal), metal extraction and manufacture of alloys, the relationship of the metal mechanical properties with its structures, the phenomena of metal reinforcement processes as well as the phenomena of failure and degradation of metal. Three basic sciences used in developing the three basic sectors in the Metallurgical Body of Knowledge include Metallurgical Chemistry, Metallurgical Physics, and Process Engineering.
To give practical basic knowledge in the industrial world, in the study period a student will be given the opportunity of at least two times to do industry visitations, conducted after completing the second year. The course is called Industry Visitation, and by the end of the third year there is Industrial Practice course.
In the Industry Visitation course, the students will have the opportunity to be familiar with industrial activities in a relatively short time, i.e. within two days. Meanwhile in the Industrial Practice course, the students are expected to observe more of a real job in the industry by being directly involved in the industrial activities for approximately one and a half months. While doing several courses, the students will also have the opportunity to carry out excursions to particular industries related to the subject taught. For example, the excursion to the metal casting industry during the Metal Casting course and visit to the cement industry during the course of Industrial Utilization of Minerals.
To enhance the knowledge about the activities in the industry or enterprise, to give entrepreneurship insights, as well as soft skills, the students will also attend sessions given by guest lecturers who are industrial practitioners once in two weeks. In these lectures, the materials given are related not only to engineering operations and processes in industry, but also to management, work ethics, organization, asset management, economics, business, marketing, work safety, environmental management, and others.