The Department of Pyrometallurgical Processes of the Faculty of Materials Science and Metallurgy Engineering offers advanced online educational programs to train qualified specialists in modern metallurgical production capable of solving design and technological and production tasks in accordance with current requirements, including the import substitution of manufactured products and digitalization of modern metallurgical production.
Graduates of the department are able to adapt quickly to production and technological conditions, develop advanced technological processes which account for environmental requirements and economic efficiency, conduct applied research, and develop projects for the reconstruction of existing and construction of new metallurgical and foundry shops using modern equipment and materials.
"Steel is the most common construction material in the world. Iron and steel products are the foundation of mechanical engineering, power engineering, construction, pipe manufacturing, etc. Russia is one of the five largest steel producers. A significant role in this is played by the enterprises of the Southern Urals, and highly qualified metallurgical specialists for such enterprises are trained by our department. It is no secret that high-level specialists are paid well and are valued not only in Russia but also internationally," says Pavel Gamov, head of the Department of Pyrometallurgical Processes, Candidate of Sciences (Engineering), Associate Professor.
Today two Bachelor’s degree programs (in 22.03.02 "Metallurgy"—the full-time specialization "Pyrometallurgical Processes", and the correspondence learning specialization "Pyrometallurgical and Foundry Technologies") and two Master’s degree programs (in 22.04.02 "Metallurgy"— the "Complex processing of slags of copper-smelting manufacture" and "Improvement of technology of melting steel" specialties) are offered at the department. Master's programs are offered using project-based learning techniques.
There are 67 state sponsorships for full-time education in 2021 (59 bachelor’s, 8 master’s).
For admission to bachelor's programs, applicants must pass the USE in subject-basted Mathematics, Russian language, Physics, or Computer Science. For admission to the master's program, applicants must pass the master's exam.
The Bachelor's degree programs are aimed at forming a theoretical and technological foundation on ferrous metals and alloys production and high quality castings. In first year, students are introduced to the Metallurgy subject, gradually studying the basic metallurgical processes: production of ferrous and nonferrous metals, obtaining metal products by foundry technology, metal forming. In the fourth year, teachers of the department, using modern teaching technologies, provide knowledge on the theories and technologies of production of cast iron, steel, and ferroalloys.
Graduates of the Master's degree program aim to solve technological problems of production. A range of disciplines allow students to form competencies for other types of activities (organizational and managerial, research and design).
Graduates of the department are in demand at such enterprises as Mechel PJSC, Chelyabinsk Electrometallurgical Plant JSC, Novolipetsk Metallurgical Plant PJSC, Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works PJSC, Chelyabinsk Tube Rolling Plant PJSC, Ashinsk Metallurgical Plant PJSC, KONAR, United Metallurgical Company, and Pervouralsk Novotrubny Plant JSC.
The department is also actively engaged in research with students, implementing numerous projects in collaboration with academic partners. Students have the opportunity to take part in fundamental developments of "white" metallurgy, and to see the implementation of their developments in practice. During their studies, students are offered financial support for research in the form of grant projects as well as various scholarship programs and personal awards.
Students of the department regularly take part in Russian and international conferences, participate in competitions and contests held by both higher educational institutions and the largest Russian and foreign steel companies.
Academic partners of the Department include Federal State Educational Institution of Higher Professional Education "Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin", A.A. Baikov Institute of Metallurgy and Material Science of Russian Academy of Sciences, National University of Science and Technology MISIS, G.I. Nosov Magnitogorsk State Technical University, Montanuniversität Leoben (Austrian University of Mining), and the Chemical and Metallurgical Institute named after Zh. Abishev (Kazakhstan)