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Curricular competence:

The curricular objective of the degree in Metallurgic Engineering is: Form professionals in metallurgic engineering, encouraging an education based on the development of skills, to part from the solution of problems or real projects; so, they operate, oversee, control, manage and optimize the operations or concentration processes and the extraction of minerals or metals from its ore, its purification and the elaboration of goods for society.



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CIEES Quality recgnition:


COPAES Quality recognition:

Educational program accredited by the Consejo de Acreditación de la Enseñanza de la Ingeniería, A.C. (CACEI)

Collegiate Organ approval's date:

August 6, 2014

Start of operations:

Jan-Jun 2016

Enrollment period:


Admission process:

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Enrollment profile:

The characteristics a student must have to enter the degree in Metallurgic Engineerin at the University of Guanajuato must be the following:

Knowledge description

  • MATHEMATICS: algebra, plain trigonometry, analytic geometry and basic knowledge of differential calculus.
  • PHYSICS: mechanics, electriciy, magnetism & thermodynamics.
  • CHEMISTRY: structure of matter, nomenclature, stoichiometry, links, matter aggregation states and chemistry of the environment.

Skills description

  • Correctly communicate  both orally and written.
  • Use different methods in the knowledge of nature and its social reality.
  • Develop their creativity.
  • Use concepts and notes.
  • Problem analysis and solution.
  • Make demonstrations.
  • Descriptive graphic construction,
  • Self-learning.
  • Innovate.
  • Teamwork.

Description of attitudes and values

  • Manifest their taste and interest for study to propritiate their self-formation, creativity and research.
  • Encourage self-respect, to the other and their environment.
  • Reflect their responsibility, fighting spirit, perseverance and discipline.
  • Manifest their service commitment in transforming their environment.
  • Reflect their commitment to extend the benefots of the culture to all the sectors of the community.
  • Manifest their civic, national and social behavior.
  • Honest.
Graduate profile:

Specific competencies of the Educational Program

  1. Evaluates the processes or unitarian operations of concentration, extraction, refining and adaptation of the metals and/or minerals, appliying the knowledges in the classroom to obtain the most recovery of values in the different processes.
  2. Control and optimizes the quality of the metallurgic processes, through sampling and analyzing the taken samples, whose results contribute to make better decisions in the process.
  3. Studyies and applies the current technologies in the metallurgic treatment of the ores to apply them in the processes and be able to control the different parameters of the metallurgic processes.
  4. Oversees, operates and maintains the processes or unitarian metallurgic processes to have control of the parameters of the process that allow to obtain the greater recovery in the values.
  5. Manages the metallurgic processes, considering aspects such as: safety, economy, environment care, etc., to maintain or, if possible, lower the costs of production and make the processes affordable.
  6. Designs, calculates and projects metallurgic processes for the treatment of ores applying the acquired knowledge in the classroom so the teams that are in the benefit area be the propoer ones to carry out the better recovery of values possible of the minerals with high profitability.
  7. Researches and develops innovative alternatives that allow the best use of the mineral resources through the use of new regeants or extraction methods that are friendlier with the environment.

Description of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values


  • Basic sciencies: Physics, Differential calculus, Integral calculus, Differential equations, statistic probability, numeric methods and programming, Analatic mechanics, linear algebra, beginners English, Advanced beginners English, Intermediate English, Advanced Intermediate English, Advanced English, Superior Algebra and Geometry, Inorganic chemistry, Descriptive Chemistry.
  • Engineering sciences: Mineralogy, flotation of sulfides and non-metallic, balance of matter and energy, Physics-Chemistry of Acquous systems, Transport phenomena, Kinetic chemistry, Science and engineering of materials, Mechanic metallurgic, electrometallurgic and corrosion, experiment design, mechanic of fluids, Analytic chemistry, Resistance of materials, Physic metallurgy, Techniques for the Characterization of Materials, Welding, Thermodynamic, Experiment design.
  • Applied engineering: Mechanical preparation of minerals, Adaptive metaqllurgy and siderurgy, Design of plants, Non.ferrous pro-metallurgy, concentration of minerals, impact and environmental management systems, Operation research, Quality control, Process simulation workshop.
  • Support: Computing, Industrial engineering, Wate water treatment, Accountability and costs, Computer assisted drawing, ecology, Engineering of construction, Electrical engineering, Economic engineering and project evaluation, research seminar.
  • Formative: Learning and study techniques, Oral and written communucation, Men and environment, Research methodology, Political and social-economic problems in Mexico, Development of thinking skills, supervision and leadership, Administration of Human resources, human relationships.
  • Extracurricular: Pracitces in Mining-metallurgic units, Technical, Scientific seminars, Social service, sport, cultural and recreative activities.

Description of skills

At the end of the program, the engineer will have the skills to:

  • Plan and evaluae processes or unitarian metallurgic operations.
  • Appropriately use and handle the different laboratory or field equipment associated with the measure of the different variables of control or answer ot the metallurgic treatments.
  • Organize and operate the processes or metallurgic unitarian processes.
  • Calculate and select equipment for the different metallurgic operations.
  • Select a disposal site and adequately handle the waste generated by the mining-metallurgic operations.
  • Analyze and propose treatment alternatives to recover metals and minerals from the materials.
  • Make metallurgic studies, defining technical and economic viablity of the proposed process.
  • Make studies on metallic materials and its alloys, selecting the most appropriate for an specific application.
  • Make physical and chracterization tests, that allow to establish causes of faults or interfere in the behavior of metals and/or alloys under different situations and work environments.
  • Elaborate and apply preventive maintenance programs to the equipment of the metallurgic processes.
  • Manage the human and economic resources to optimize their use.
  • Design and project metallurgic processes.
  • Recognize and define with ease the problems to solve, so subsequently establish work programs that solve these problems.
  • Research problems of the processes or metallurgic treatments, that lead in solutions that reflect in a better use of the mineral resources, reduce the use of energy, deepen in the knowledge of mechanisms of the process, etc.

Attitudes and values

In addition to the prior, the graduate must maintain behaviors such as:

  • Careful and clean in his work.
  • Patience and perseverance.
  • Logical, self-critic reasoning, initiative and willingness to cooperate.
  • Truthful registry and handle of the information (ethic).
  • Know how to accept opinions,
  • Organized.
  • Observer and analytic.
  • Self-taught and desires to grow.
  • Responsible with the environment.

When we refer to attitudes and values the engineer must posses, generally we think that this must be transmitted or cultivated through courses of social sciences and humanities included in the program, however, independently of these, any course should be planned in a form they encourage and promote them.

Responsiblity, honesty, independence, creativity, communication and teamwork capability are some of the qualities that any professional in this century must have, or she/he couldn't work with efficiency in benefit of the society. These attitudes and values don't develop theoretically, it is necessary to make them every day.

Graduate requirements:
  • Complete the respective syllabus
  • Make among the modalities chosen by the Divisional Council: thesis, academic excellence, professional work, professional update course, business plan elaboration.
  • Complete the Professional service
  • Complete the academic and administrative requirements established in the syllabus.

Total number of credits of the Educational Program: 275 credits

  • First enrollment
  • Organic chemistry
  • Differential Calculus
  • Computer assisted drawing
  • Superior algebra and geometry
  • General/optative area
  • Beginners English
  • Introduction to Metallurgy
  • Complementary Activity I
  • Second enrollment
  • Calculus II
  • Probablity and statistics
  • Physics II
  • Chemistry II
  • Programming language
  • Optative II
  • Third enrollment
  • Numeric methods
  • Differential equations
  • Balance of matter and energy
  • Organic chemistry
  • Drawing
  • Optative III
  • Fourth enrollment
  • Analytic chemistry
  • Mineral processing I
  • Thermodynamic I
  • Mineralogy and crystalography
  • Mechanics
  • Optative IV
  • Fifth enrollment
  • Kinetic chemistry
  • Physics-chemistry
  • transport phenomena
  • Science and engineering of materials
  • Mineral processing II
  • Process simualtion workshop
  • Sixth enrollment
  • Non-ferrous metallurgy I
  • Siderurgy
  • Experiment design
  • Flotation
  • Mechanics of fluids
  • Optative V
  • Seventh enrollment
  • Non-ferrous metallurgy II
  • Mechanic metallurgy
  • Non-metallic metallurgy
  • Construction engineering
  • Ecology
  • Optative VI
  • Eighth enrollment
  • Electrical engineering
  • Operation research
  • Techniques to characterize materials
  • Physical metallurgy
  • Plants design
  • Thesis seminar
  • Ninth enrollment
  • Electrometallurgy
  • Adaptative metallurgy
  • Economic engineering
  • Human relationships
  • Quality control
  • Optative VII
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Campus Guanajuato, Division of Engineering (DI)
Venue San Matías
Ex-Hacienda San Matías s/n; C.P. 36000; Guanajuato, Gto.
Phone: (473) 732 22 91
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