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Postgraduate Certificate in Light Metals Reduction Technology

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0.5 years
Start date: 02-March-2020
University of Auckland
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A prestigious, globally-respected and fundamental qualification for engineers seeking career progression into leadership roles in the lucrative light metal smelting industry.

Programme overview

This programme covers practical, advanced concepts – from technological to environmental – related to the light metals reduction industry, especially aluminium. It runs near a smelter – previous locations have included Bahrain, Dubai, and the USA. Having minimal access restrictions allow opportunities for you to work hands-on and witness processes in person.

Our content is curated for experienced technical and operations staff, many of whom can learn from each other. We boast tutors with decades of industry experience and significant research accolades, and an international focus that allows you to maximise your learning while only being away for three weeks.

Programme structure

This programme runs biennially. It consists of four core courses (60 points) that are completed through a combination of extramural study and an intensive, three-week, residential block course that takes place in a location adjacent to a working smelter (usually in an international location).

It contains three major sections:

Section 1 features review and fundamentals assignments (extramural)

Section 2 focuses on onsite lectures by world experts on each area of technology. These are interspersed with tutorials, group work, assignments, tests and site visits – this allows you to practice the techniques and concepts. You must complete all four courses in order to meet the programme requirements.

In Section 3, you will complete an extramural advanced topics assignment. This is tailored to a specific technical issue of your interest. Sections 1 and 3 are to be completed from your home in approximately six weeks, and they contribute to your final assessment

Where could this programme take you?

Our students are generally already employed as engineers in the smelting industry, and this programme tops up your technical underpinnings with knowledge of the in-depth processes necessary for career progression. Those intending to work in process control, as opposed to operations, may be particularly interested in the PGCertLMRTech.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Lead engineer
  • Process control and improvement superintendent
  • Process control engineer
  • Technical manager

Further study options

  • Master of Engineering Studies

Entry criteria

You must have completed either:

an undergraduate degree in engineering or

an undergraduate degree in science in a field related to this programme, such as chemistry or physics.

Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution) and you will need a GPE of 4.0.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 575 and an Essay (TWE) of 4.5; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.


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