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Department of Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 February 2007

 The Department of Metallurgical Engineering was founded in 1954 under the Faculty of Engineering, BOC College, Rangoon University. The B.Sc (Engineering) (Metallurgy) degree was first conferred in 1958. The faculty of engineering was shifted in June 1961 to Gyogone, where the Yangon Technological University now stands. Under the new education system introduced in 1964, instead of B.Sc (Engineering), B.E (Metallurgy) degree was conferred in 1965. Postgraduate master course was initiated in 1970. The department was renamed as the Department of Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science in 1998. Part-time diploma evening classes were opened in 1998. Postgraduate doctoral class was introduced in 2000. The Golden Jubilee of the department was celebrated in December 2004. During these fifty-two years, a total of (538) B.E,(56) M.E,(4) Ph.D and (36) diploma holders have graduated.

Currently, A.G.T.I and B.Tech classes specializing in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science are being offered at West Yangon Technological University and at two Government Technological Colleges, namely Hmawbi and Kyaukse. Annual intake of students for each academic year is about (30).


  • to produce well-qualified and capable metallurgical and materials engineers to   contribute to the nation's industrial development and growth.
  • to advance research and development in the academic and professional disciplines.

Study Course

Undergraduate Program

            This is a five-year course. During the first year the student studies the basic science subjects and some engineering subjects. In the second year the student learns the fundamental concepts of materials science, extractive and adaptive metallurgy. At the end of the first year, practical training at respective industries (on job training) is carried out for three months. At the end of the second year, a small project relating to any area of interest has to be performed and a report submitted. Upon successful completion, A.G.T.I. certificate is awarded.

            The third and fourth year of the five-year course is so designed that the student develops a deeper understanding of the subjects that are being taught. Practical laboratory works form an important component of the course. The practicals are closely integrated with the content of the lectures. At end of the third year, students are assigned with a project in which they have the opportunity to select a topic relating to any field studied. The student is required to submit a report at the end of the project. A mini-thesis has to be carried out and a report submitted at the end of the fourth year. This report is examined and evaluated by the thesis examination committee. This mini-thesis is a partial fulfillment in the requirements for the Bachelor of Technology degree.

            Successful and qualified students can further pursue studies leading to the Bachelor of Engineering Degree. In the final year of the five-year course the curriculum and syllabus is more advanced and according to the current trends. At the end of the fifth year the student is required to submit and defend a thesis before the thesis examination committee. By doing so the student is acquainted with research work as well as to put theory into practice under local conditions.

Graduate Program 

        Master of Engineering (M.E.)
          Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

            The master of engineering course was initiated in 1970. This program is a two-year full time course, with a combination of course work and thesis. The study program is designed to present the student with a systematic development of the  fundamental scientific and engineering principles underlying materials phenomena and process operations.

            The doctoral program was initiated in 2000. Students pursuing studies according to Plan A program have a combination of course work and thesis. This is an intensive three-year course. Plan B program students earn their degree through research alone. A preliminary research report has to be submitted in the first year for admission to Ph.D. candidature, followed by submission of the thesis in the next two years. This is also a three-year course.

Laboratory Facilities

Under the OPEC loan project a number of new and modern equipments were purchased. The facilities available for metallography laboratory are specimen cutting, grinding, polishing, etching and subsequent microscopic examination Hardness testers are also available for mechanical property determination. An instrument for carbon and sulphur determination in cast iron and steel is available. The sand testing laboratory of the foundry has facilities for studying the properties of sands and molding materials. Oil-fired crucible furnace for melting and muffle furnaces for heat treatment of ferrous and nonferrous alloys are available. Size reduction units such as crushers, grinders, sieve shaker and series of sieves and flotation units comprise the mineral processing laboratory.

Services & Contributions 

The Department of Metallurgical Engineering has carried out many research projects, undergraduate and postgraduate thesis. Lecture notes and CD's for A.G.T.I, B.Tech and B.E courses have been prepared for Government Technological colleges. The following list of services are still being rendered.

  • microstructure analysis of metals and alloys.
  • testing of molding sands.
  • provision of expertise in direct material processing operations like metal casting and    heat treatment.
  • hardness testing.
  • C and S determination is steel and cast iron.
  • identifying causes of material failures and recommending ways to avoid it.
  • technology of metal extraction.
  • consultation, conducting lectures and seminars for entrepreneurs from industrial zones  and private sectors.
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