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YTU Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department Introduction (Presentation containing numerical information about the department)
Frequently asked questions by prospective students
Question: Can you give general information about metallurgical and materials engineering?
Answer: Metallurgical and materials engineering fulfills the task of transforming raw materials found in nature into usable forms.
Industrial engineering materials are generally grouped under 4 main types:
 1-Metallic materials
 2-Ceramic materials
 3-Plastic materials
 4-Composite materials
Although metallurgical and materials engineers mainly deal with metallic materials, the production of other groups has also been the task of metallurgical and materials engineering in recent years.
Metallurgical and Materials engineerfulfills these jobs:
In metallic materials:
* Conversion of metals found in different chemical forms in nature into metallic forms that can be used (chemical metallurgy),
* Shaping metallic semi-finished products and obtaining properties suitable for use (physical metallurgy),
* Protecting these materials during use,
* Re-use / recycling (secondary metallurgy)
In ceramic materials:
* Enriching the raw materials of ceramics, blending them appropriately
* Forming processes
* Synthesis of advanced ceramic materials
In plastic materials:
* Synthesis of polymeric materials
* Shaping
* Recycling after use
In composite materials
* Designing composite material
* Production
* Recycling
Question: Could you give information about Yıldız Technical University Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department?
Answer: Yıldız Technical University Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department is the 3rd metallurgical and materials engineering department of Turkey which was established in 1983. It has been graduating students for more than 30 years, and its alumni play leading roles in the development of the country.
The Department currently has a total of 32 faculty members, including 13 professors, 8 associate professors, 8 doctor lecturers and 3 lecturers, as well as 18 research assistants.
Our Department carries out 2 engineering programs:
 Metallurgical and Materials engineering (70% Turkish + 30% English)
 Metallurgical and Materials engineering (100% English)
You can access the education and training curricula of these departments from the Education tab on the Department's Home Page.
Our training curricula consists of courses covering are occupationally weighted, respectively; metallic materials, ceramic materials, plastic materials and composite materials. General grouping of the courses of our curriculum:
- 25% Basic science courses (mathematics, physics, chemistry, etc.)
- 15% Personal development lessons / social lessons
- 35% Basic Engineering courses / vocational courses
- 25% Elective vocational courses
25% of our curriculum consists of Elective courses, thus it is designed to allow students to focus on different sectors / qualifications in line with their own interests in 3rd and 4th grades.
Question: What are the job opportunities of the graduates?
Answer: In Turkey, especially automotive, white goods, machinery manufacturing, defense industry areas work intensively with metallic materials. Most of our graduates work in these fields - Metal forming sectors: (casting, forging, rolling, extrusion sheet metal processing, machining, welding, heat treatment, etc.). These sectors developed around the Marmara Region and the provinces of Izmir, Ankara, Adana, Konya, and Kayseri.
In addition, our graduates can find jobs at Ereğli, Karabük and İskenderun Iron and Steel facilities, which are integrated facilities where metal production is carried out, and iron and steel plants that are concentrated in Adana, İskenderun and İzmir Aliağa regions that produce with arc furnaces.
Our graduates working in the field of ceramics can generally work in facilities in Eskişehir, Kütahya and Bilecik.
Our graduates in the plastics industry, on the other hand, mostly work in businesses close to petroleum refineries such as Istanbul, Izmir and Kocaeli, where shaping processes are carried out.
In addition to all these, a significant portion of our graduates can establish their own businesses.
In recent years, the production in Europe has shifted eastward, as well as the investments in the defense industry, aerospace and aviation industry in Turkey, the targets in the field of health and biomedical, the removal of fossil fuel vehicles in Europe and the replacement of electric cars and the renewal process of the automotive sector in Europe.These are promising developments for the future employment of metallurgical and materials engineers from developing countries, including Turkey. It is possible to say that for our students who will continue their professional lives between 2025-2070 there is no future employment concern in the metallurgical and materials sector.
Question: Is metallurgical and materials engineering a suitable profession for women?
Answer: Metallurgical and materials engineers can work in heavy production conditions as well as work intensively in units such as project management, design, R&D, quality control and administrative duties. In fact, as in all engineering areas, metallurgical and materials engineering is mainly a knowledge-intensive work and physical work is in the background. Therefore, it is not true that metallurgy is not a women's profession.
Question: What are the possibilities of students / alumni to study abroad?
Answer: Students are given the right to study at universities other than their own, with student exchange programs for up to two semesters. The courses taken in this way are treated as if they were taken at their own university. With student exchange programs such as Erasmus +, Mevlana and Farabi, students have the opportunity to receive a partial education from other universities in Turkey and in many other countries around the world.
Our department is among the departments of our university with a high rate of students benefiting from Student Exchange programs. The number of universities that our department has an agreement with is over 15 in European countries. Our students mostly prefer European (Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Romania, Czech Republic, Austria, Holland) countries. In addition to taking courses abroad, there is also the opportunity to do internships abroad.
A significant portion of our graduates continue their education in educational institutions abroad.