Raw material extraction, Metallurgy

The focus here is on metals, rocks, natural gases and oils. Knowledge and methods are imparted on all aspects of finding, mining, processing and, above all, recycling raw materials that are required for the production of industrial goods.

The field of study at a glance

The sustainable provision of sufficient energy sources and the environmentally compatible utilization of finite raw materials are a major challenge. Improved sustainable strategies must be developed for their sustainable extraction or recycling. This requires basic technical and scientific knowledge. A degree in this field prepares students for a career in an internationally oriented industry.

Course offered

The range of courses includes bachelor's and master's degree programs such as "Raw Materials Engineering and Sustainable Resource Management" and "Sustainable Raw Materials Extraction and Recycling".

Contents of the study program

The study program teaches mathematical and scientific knowledge, the fundamentals of engineering, civil engineering, raw materials extraction and process technology, as well as business management topics. Basic knowledge in subject-related chemistry and mechanics, metallurgy and materials science also plays a role.

Subjects such as geosciences, geoinformation, processing technology, soil and rock mechanics, extraction technology in open-cast and underground mining, mining and environmental law, basics of recycling, environmental technology can be taken.

The acquisition of foreign language skills and intercultural competencies is also important in the internationally oriented industry.

Laboratory practicals and excursions take place during the course of study.

Admission criteria and study application

A preliminary internship of several weeks in industry is often required as a prerequisite for admission.

Career opportunities after graduation

Graduates of this field of study find employment in various branches of industry, in the plant, construction and mining machinery industries, in extraction or explosives technology companies, in natural gas and oil extraction companies, in quarries, with energy suppliers or in environmental authorities, in process planning and control or in sales.

Anyone wishing to work in the coal mining sector should bear in mind that the German government is aiming to end coal-fired power generation in Germany by 2038.