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Metallurgical and materials engineers conduct studies of the properties and characteristics of metals and other non-metallic materials and plan, design and develop machinery and processes to concentrate, extract, refine and process metals, alloys and other materials such as ceramics, semiconductors and composite materials. Metallurgical and materials engineers are employed in consulting engineering firms, mining, metal processing and manufacturing companies, and in government, research and educational institutions.
ceramics engineer, corrosion engineer, electrometallurgical engineer, foundry engineer, hydrometallurgical engineer, materials engineer, metallurgical engineer, physical metallurgical engineer, pyrometallurgical engineer, welding engineer.
- Conduct studies and design, develop and specify the processes, and machinery to concentrate, extract, refine and process metals from ores
- Conduct studies on the properties and characteristics of materials and design, develop and specify processes for moulding, shaping, forming and thermal treatment of metals, alloys and metallic systems, ceramics, semiconducting and other materials
- Conduct chemical and physical analytical studies, failure analyses and other studies and recommend material selection, design of materials, corrosion control measures, operational testing and other procedures
- Co-ordinate production testing and control of metal refining, smelting or foundry operations or non-metallic materials production operations
- Supervise technologists, technicians and other engineers and scientists.
Abbotsford, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, Chilliwack, Langley, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, White Rock, Gibsons, Mission, Aldergrove, Brunswick Beach, Crescent, Crescent Beach, Cultus Lake, Elgin, Fort Langley, Grandview, Lions Bay, McMillan Island, Ocean Park, South Surrey, Sunnyside, Willoughby
Outlook & Prospects for Metallurgical and Materials Engineers in Lower Mainland - Southwest Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Local Labour Market News
Week of Jun 03 – Jun 07, 2013
- The Lower Mainland economy continued growing in 2012 but at a slower pace than in 2011. This was partly due to a housing market slowdown and on-going government fiscal restraint.
- Metro Vancouver had the lowest job posting numbers in Canada in May, according to the Conference Board of Canada; while Abbotsford-Mission saw an increase in new hiring by employers.
- The New Westminster school district has approved cutting 60 positions, including 27 teaching assistants and 19 teachers, to balance the 2013-2014 school year budget
- To reduce expenses, Translink plans to lay off 26 to 32 unionized HandyDART drivers in late July, and transfer 10,000 hours of service to private taxis. HandyDART transports people with physical or cognitive disabilities.
Week of May 27 – May 31, 2013
- Vancouver’s cruise ship industry is seeing a 20% passenger increase over 2012. Cruise lines generate nearly 7,000 jobs and nearly $259M in wages and salaries in BC.
- Fraser Valley blueberry farmers are concerned the shortage of bees will hurt their crops this year. Tens of thousands of bees are needed to pollinate 20,000 acres of blueberry crops.
- The Vancouver School Board has issued layoff notices to adult education teachers for the first time in its history. The reduction, which is due to low enrolment, is equivalent to 25 full-time jobs and affects 48 faculty members.
- Extremely poor housing affordability in Vancouver area still weighs heavily on homebuyer demand, according to RBC’s May 2013 Housing Trends and Affordability report
- Large defense contracts have been awarded to Weatherhaven in Burnaby and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates in Richmond for portable repair shelters for helicopters and satellite image technology
Week of May 20 – May 24, 2013
- US-based technology firm Analogic has issued layoff notices to 140 employees as part of a move to consolidate manufacturing and support functions. About a fifth of the affected workers are in Vancouver.
- The Burnaby school district is laying off 75 teachers in what it refers to as a regular annual exercise. The District expects to rehire most of the affected employees in the fall of 2013.
- FedEx Freight Canada has opened a multi-million dollar service centre in the City of Surrey; employing approximately 45 people
- Coquitlam-based Rokstad Power Corp. has grown its skilled trades workforce from 40 to 300 in less than five years, and expects to hire another 200 to 300 people by 2016 due to a boom in power-line construction
Week of May 13 – May 17, 2013
- Over 300 Richmond IKEA employees were locked out by their employer on May 13 after rejecting concession demands in a collective agreement proposal. No talks are scheduled between the two parties.
- Ramsay Machine Works in Sidney hopes its newly completed $20M coal slinger marks an upturn in manufacturing in BC. The slinger, commissioned by Port Metro Vancouver, provided steady employment for 60 Ramsay employees over 19 months.
- A SuperValu grocery store is opening on May 22 in North Burnaby's Greystone Plaza, the same location IGA vacated in 2011. The new store will employ some former IGA employees.
- Chilliwack had one of the fastest-growing mid-sized economies in Canada between 2005 and 2012, according to the Conference Board of Canada
- Pacific Coast Terminals in Port Moody has delayed a major terminal expansion project. Construction is now expected to be complete in two phases between 2014 and 2016. Once complete, the terminal will create an estimated 90 longshore jobs.
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