During your materials engineering program you will take courses in the basic sciences, in engineering fundamentals, in a wide range of general and specialized materials and design topics, as well as a variety of technical electives. The science courses include basic mathematics, physics, chemistry, and statistics. The engineering fundamentals courses include engineering thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, material and energy balances, fluid mechanics, and engineering economics.
A sequence of specific materials engineering courses throughout the program will introduce you to materials structure, properties and processing, materials characterization techniques, phase transformations, and materials engineering design. In the final year of the materials engineering program, you can choose five elective courses from four elective streams, i.e., Structural Materials, Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, Nano and Functional Materials, and Polymer Materials. From these elective courses you will learn about mineral processing and the extraction of metals from ores using pyrometallurgical, electrometallurgical, and hydrometallurgical technologies; physical metallurgy and mechanical behaviour including deformation, fracture, wear, and treating and shaping processes; ceramics; polymers; composite materials.
By the time you graduate, you will have obtained a sound knowledge of the physical and chemical characteristics of materials, their processing, their properties, and their behaviour in service including potential problems.
Three separate materials engineering laboratory courses in the core materials engineering program allow you to obtain hands-on familiarity with different materials production and processing technologies as well as with the measurement of materials properties and behaviour.