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Metallurgical and materials engineers conduct studies of the properties and characteristics of metals and other non-metallic materials and plan, design and develop machinery and processes to concentrate, extract, refine and process metals, alloys and other materials such as ceramics, semiconductors and composite materials. Metallurgical and materials engineers are employed in consulting engineering firms, mining, metal processing and manufacturing companies, and in government, research and educational institutions.
ceramics engineer, corrosion engineer, electrometallurgical engineer, foundry engineer, hydrometallurgical engineer, materials engineer, metallurgical engineer, physical metallurgical engineer, pyrometallurgical engineer, welding engineer.
- Conduct studies and design, develop and specify the processes, and machinery to concentrate, extract, refine and process metals from ores
- Conduct studies on the properties and characteristics of materials and design, develop and specify processes for moulding, shaping, forming and thermal treatment of metals, alloys and metallic systems, ceramics, semiconducting and other materials
- Conduct chemical and physical analytical studies, failure analyses and other studies and recommend material selection, design of materials, corrosion control measures, operational testing and other procedures
- Co-ordinate production testing and control of metal refining, smelting or foundry operations or non-metallic materials production operations
- Supervise technologists, technicians and other engineers and scientists.
Outlook & Prospects for Metallurgical and Materials Engineers in Lethbridge--Medicine Hat Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Provincial Employment Potential Information
The following table identifies employment conditions within Alberta.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Athabasca--Grande Prairie--Peace River Region||N/A||N/A|
|Banff--Jasper--Rocky Mountain House Region||N/A||N/A|
|Lethbridge--Medicine Hat Region||N/A||N/A|
|Red Deer Region||N/A||N/A|
|Wood Buffalo--Cold Lake Region||N/A||N/A|
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
- March 2014 | (PDF, 600 KB)
- February 2014 | (PDF, 610 KB)
- January 2014 | (PDF, 662 KB)
- Annual Edition 2013 | (PDF, 226 KB) new
- December 2013 | (PDF, 536 KB)
- November 2013 | (PDF, 534 KB)
- October 2013 | (PDF, 657 KB)
- September 2013 | (PDF, 235 KB)
- August 2013 | (PDF, 438 KB)
- July 2013 | (PDF, 487 KB)
- June 2013 | (PDF, 445 KB)
- May 2013 | (PDF, 240 KB)
- April 2013 | (PDF, 294 KB)
- March 2013 | (PDF, 437 KB)
- February 2013 | (PDF, 241 KB)
- January 2013 | (PDF, 435 KB)
- Annual Edition 2012 | (PDF, 227 KB)
Provincial / Territorial Labour Market NewsWeek of Mar 31 - Apr 04, 2014
- The Town of Grande Cache is cutting back on services at its airport over the next two years, with a complete closure of the facility by 2016 due to financial reasons
- The Village of Duchess is planning to have a new recreation centre in place by the fall of 2014, after a fire destroyed the previous structure in November 2012
- Grey Eagle Casino, near Calgary has unveiled a new 2,300-seat concert music venue, the Grey Eagle Event Centre
- A large retail development, with at least two big box stores, is in the works for an area adjacent to the TaigaNova Industrial Business Park in Fort McMurray
- The Town of Beaverlodge is seeking contractors for construction of a new regional health facility in the community
- The City of St. Albert and Lakeland College, in Vermilion, are partnering to bring the 12-week long National Fire Protection Association 1001 Firefighter program to the city starting on June 16, 2014
- Amacon has outlined its plans for the redevelopment of the Grandin Mall in St. Albert, including three high-rise condominium towers with a total of 1200 units, retail space, and underground parking
- A recent study on the demand for accommodation in St. Albert has found that the city requires at least one additional 100-room hotel to attract and retain business
- Alberta Health Services is adding 40 beds for residential seniors care in Medicine Hat
- Wetzel's Pretzels, a California-based soft pretzel vendor, opened its first franchise in Western Canada at West Edmonton Mall on March 28, 2014
- Calgary City Council's decision to limit tax increases in 2014 will result in a $9M reduction in municipal spending, impacting the planned Calgary Transit service expansion and other city programs
- The City of Lethbridge has decided to cease providing curbside tree chipping services, in effect since 1995, and instead direct the material to recycling centres
- Lethbridge City Council is moving ahead with the development of a $55M leisure pool centre and is seeking a general contractor to manage the project
- Rocky View Schools will be spending $1.7M to purchase and relocate modular classrooms to several schools in Airdrie in an effort to cope with overcrowding
- Airdrie City Council has rejected the development of a proposed RV storage facility near the Highland Park Industrial Park because of zoning issues
- The Village of Boyle will be spending over $240,000 from the Federal Gas Tax Fund for the installation of new water and gas meters
- The residents of Barrhead County have voted to support a $15M leisure pool centre development, following the recent sudden closure of the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
- Leduc County fire services staff are recruiting firefighters in an effort to resurrect the Thorsby Fire Department, amidst a reorganization of management of the service
- The Government of Alberta is providing $115M over three years to address wildfire issues in the province, including training and longer-term employment for firefighters
- The HealthWORX Medical Clinic in Medicine Hat is expanding to provide space for two new physicians, an on-site pharmacy and the Lung Wellness Centre
- The Industrial Heartland of Alberta, outside of Edmonton, is experiencing a surge in workers and economic activity as plants and facilities temporarily shut down for annual maintenance and repairs
- The Town of Vauxhall has terminated the employment of the Chief Administrative Officer and is currently searching for a replacement. The town council made a decision to take the town in a different direction, necessitating replacement of the employee.
- The Government of Alberta is set to purchase the Willow Square land in Fort McMurray from the federal government, clearing a long standing hurdle over the development of a seniors facility on the site
- Renovations at the Earls restaurant in Grande Prairie have been stalled as the owner awaits an insurance settlement from a previous fire at the site
- Browns Social House, a pub and casual dining restaurant, is expected to open in Grande Prairie at the end of April 2014
- The Government of Alberta is implementing the TRAVIS MJ system, an online, one stop shop that allows truckers to purchase multiple permits at once
- The Government of Alberta has increased the compensation rate for first responders who are called to medical co-response incidents from $400 to $600 per hour
- Airdrie residents have concerns about fire protection with the proposed closure of the downtown fire hall
- The Town of Stettler and the County of Stettler are meeting with Internet Service Providers to discuss solutions to the limited bandwidth in the area, which is affecting business users
- Lonestar Lumber, an Edmonton pallet manufacturer, suffered $3M in damage due to a fire on March 22, 2014. The bulk of the inventory was saved but the main building on the site was destroyed.
- GenY Inc. is a new, Edmonton-based consulting service, that aims to bridge the gap between businesses and Generation Y employees and candidates
- A report from TD Securities is forecasting increased drilling in 2014 and 2015, as rising natural gas prices stimulate spending in the energy sector
- The fate of the Fort McMurray-based Wood Buffalo Environmental Association, established in 1997 to monitor air quality in the oil sands region, is in limbo as it deals with a $3.4M funding shortfall
- Peters & Co., a Calgary investment bank, is forecasting that capital spending in the Alberta oil sands will rise to $32B in 2014, and decline to $29B in 2015
- Approximately eight of the 119 former employees, all in management positions, of Devon Energy Corp. in Grande Prairie will lose their jobs on April 1, 2014, when Canadian Natural Resources Ltd assumes control of Devon's assets. The fields and operations staff will keep their job.
- Demand for commercial office space in Calgary has increased in the first four months of 2014 from 2013 levels, reflecting increased confidence and activity in the energy sector
- The Town of Hinton is seeking another paid firefighter in a compliance position, in order to comply with Occupational Health and Safety requirements. The town council voted to continue funding for the position, which was created in 2013.
- Twin Butte Energy, a Calgary-based heavy oil producer, plans to increase the proportion of horizontal wells drilled in 2014, to 80% of its drilling program, up from 42% in 2013
- The Town of Sylvan Lake is holding public meetings around a $5M borrowing proposal towards construction of a new $6.27M fire hall, and the possible purchase of an aerial fire truck
- Moments Coffee and Tea House has opened in Three Hills. The shop includes an entertainment stage, which will be featured as a venue for local artists.
- The Buffalo Trails Public School District is poised to make a decision on the fate of Clandonald School following financial difficulties and declines in enrolment over the last several years
- Environmental Sentry Services Inc., a company specializing in oil spill mitigation and contaminant removal, is expanding to a new manufacturing shop in Irma
- A Burger King restaurant and a 24-hour Petro Canada service station are opening in Viking in the fall of 2014
- Snappy Cleaners Coin Laundromat is open for business in Wetaskiwin, offering self-serve and drop-off services for commercial and residential customers
- The Town of Whitecourt is expecting to become a major hub for exploration and development of the energy sector in the Duvernay Shale Basin over the next decade
- The Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta recently signed an agreement in principle on the Canada Jobs Grant program that will provide training and skills development
- Precision Drilling is spending $634M in capital for 2014, including the construction of new drilling rigs for domestic and international use, and upgrades to existing rigs
- Portage College is partnering with industry and Campus Alberta to identify workforce training needs as it develops Canada's first pipeline training centre
- The Fort McMurray Airport will feature 15 new retail and food outlets when the new terminal opens on June 9, 2014. A four-star hotel is also scheduled to open at the airport in 2016.
- Torode Realty Advisors, a Calgary property developer, is upgrading and renovating the Professional Building in St. Albert
- HIV Community Link Bow Valley is closing the office in Banff because of funding cuts, and redirecting their resources towards other communities in southern Alberta
- Air Canada Rouge is expanding its service out of the Calgary airport and offering new flights to US destinations
- Ensign Energy Services is building 12 new advanced technology drilling rigs in 2014, and upgrading existing rigs as it places more emphasis on customer demand for deeper, more complex wells
- The Rocky View Regional Handibus Service is attempting to deal with increased ridership and longer trips, as the number of registered users has more than doubled since 2010, primarily for medical appointments in Calgary
- Two nurse practitioners have been added to the Primary Care Network office in Cold Lake. Additionally, a satellite office is opening April 14, 2014, at 4 Wing Cold Lake, to treat military families and the community at large.
- The City of Cold Lake is re-examining the local demand for public transit as the population demographics and city development have changed since the service last operated in 2005
- The Counties of Flagstaff, Beaver and Paintearth are combining their resources to hold the first Tri-County Job Fair on May 24, 2014 in Killam
- Construction is expected to start as soon as the ground thaws this spring on a 50-seat restaurant and hotel development in Coleman
- The Employee Attraction and Retention Network, a coalition of business and educational groups, will be holding the 2014 Interactive Career and Education Expo in Drayton Valley on April 10, 2014
- The Pembina Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee are struggling to attract and retain physicians in Drayton Valley, but the newly announced Primary Care Network for the region could be a useful retention-tool
- The Drumheller Aquaplex should have a new waterslide in place by September 2014, after Town Council approved $500,000 in capital spending for the project
- The City of Fort Saskatchewan and the Fort Saskatchewan Kinette Club are moving forward with construction of a public outdoor gym, after the city agreed to support the project with capital, and ongoing maintenance of the structure
- The Sawmill Prime Rib and Steakhouse restaurant, in Grande Prairie, has delayed the proposed spring opening date because of construction delays imposed by the City of Grande Prairie. A new opening is planned for September 2014.
- The Town of Hinton has approved a new residential development with a mix of single and multiple-family homes, but reduced the number of housing units from 91 to 69
- Saputo, the Montreal-based cheese maker, is closing two plants in Alberta; one at Glenwood and the other at Wetaskiwin. Saputo is the largest single employer in Glenwood, with approximately 25 employees.
- The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has increased the 2014 budget by $8.9M as project costs escalate, and has also scrapped some capital projects that were previously approved in January 2014
- Lambourne Environmental, based in Red Deer, has been awarded a $2.36M contract to dispose of bio-solids from the City of Lethbridge's sewage treatment plant
- Cove Properties plans to immediately begin rebuilding a four-storey 79-unit condominium development in southwest Edmonton that was destroyed by fire on March 15, 2014
- Brewsters Brewery is expanding its Calgary production facility, and plans to sell beer into the retail market following recent changes approved by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
- Target Logistics, a Texas-based supplier of workforce housing, is planning to invest up to $20M towards doubling the size of a recently acquired 278-bed camp near Fort McMurray
- The Park Place Shopping Centre, in Lethbridge, will see a new combined Dairy Queen and Orange Julius restaurant opening in April, and a Pandora store is expected in the fall of 2014
- The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce and Career Transitions are holding the second annual Opportunity Knocks career fair on April 8, 2014
- Construction delays at the the Airdrie Koinonia Christian School are impacting contractors in Airdrie and Calgary. Numerous sub-contractors are awaiting payments after the project was stalled over funding issues.
- The Government of Alberta is providing $1.1B in flood relief and mitigation spending for operational expense and capital projects, from 2014-2017 as part of the Building Alberta Plan
- Clark Builders has started construction on the Park Place Meadow Ridge Seniors Village, in Medicine Hat, after numerous delays postponed development of the $18.5M facility
- Ivanhoe Energy is suspending work on its $1.37B Tamarack oil sands project north of Fort McMurray, pending a decision from the Alberta Energy Regulator on its review of shallow thermal developments
- A new thrift store, the ROC Charity Shop, has opened in Chestermere, to help local low income families and raise funds to assist youth in the community
- Harmony Developments is starting work on their $6B residential and commercial project near Springbank. The project is expected to generate over 25,000 temporary construction jobs and over 7,600 permanent jobs on completion
- Employers in Cold Lake are seeking candidates for available positions as the booming oil and gas industry in the region attracts many workers away from other jobs
- The Cold Lake Radiology Clinic is expecting to start construction on its $2.5M facility in April 2014. The clinic is expected to open at the end of the summer with at least eight staff members.
- The Town of Drayton Valley has approved two separate developments for a total of 57 residential lots. Meraw Estates Development is planning for a variety of single-family and multi-family residences.
- Under The Budget 2014, the Government of Alberta is providing $735M, from 2014 to 2017, for rural highway construction and road and bridge rehabilitation
- The Calgary Board of Education has approved a three-year $815M capital spending plan that includes 23 new schools and 24 modernization projects
- The Government of Alberta is investing $5.1B in municipal infrastructure over the next three years under the Building Alberta Plan
- Bellerose Composite High School, in St. Albert, is running a Business Venture program that teaches students the basics of operating a restaurant and provides training for future employment and further education
- Yellowhead County is moving ahead with the first phase of a project to improve the rural communication network in the region. Four new communication towers are to be built in the east of the county to transmit data to underserved regions.
- The Grande Yellowhead Public School Division has an ongoing need for regular and spare school bus drivers throughout the region due to increasing demands for services
- CHS, a U.S. based farmer-owned cooperative, has agreed to purchase Agrium assets in Medicine Hat, Vauxhall, and Bow Island, as part of a larger Canadian acquisition
- Events Wood Buffalo, a local organization that coordinated music, arts, and entertainment events for Fort McMurray, is ceasing operations because of financial difficulties
- The Town of Fox Creek is now recruiting full-time and seasonal staff for its parks and recreation programs
- The City of Grande Prairie has cancelled its 2014 Municipal Census because it was not able to attract a qualified company to complete the project before the deadline. A biannual census is now proposed, starting in 2015.
- Smithiron Earthworks will begin clearing trees in March 2014 from the site of the 12-acre Napoleon Meadows subdivision in Innisfail
- Leduc County has taken control of the Thorsby Fire District, including the Village of Thorsby, following the resignation of all members of the Thorsby Fire Department three weeks ago
- Servus Credit Union has donated $250,000 to Lakeland College, in Vermilion, to improve the seating for the college gymnasium
- The Town of Nanton is seeking a new chief administrative officer following the early release of the current employee, whose contract would have expired in 2016
- The Town of Okotoks has received $12M from the Government of Alberta through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative for construction of a new town operations centre, with construction starting in 2014
- Mountain View County is providing $60,000 to the recently expanded and updated National Meat Training Centre at Olds College
- Strathcona County Transit is opening the new Bethel Transit Station in 2014, expanding services and routes, and piloting the use of new technologies such as smart cards
- Parkland County has redistricted a parcel of land that will permit development of the Poplar Springs RV Park, a four-season bareland condominium resort
- Tervita, an oilfield services company, is eliminating 40 head office jobs in Calgary as part of a wider North American layoff
- RBC Economics is forecasting that the Province of Alberta will lead the country in economic growth in 2014, with strong performance across a wide range of sectors
- The Government of Alberta is providing $600M to the City of Edmonton towards the construction of the Valley Line LRT Project. Construction is expected to start in 2016, with the LRT operational by December 2020.
- The Government of Alberta, in their Budget 2014, are providing over $500M in new money for seniors affordable and supportive living spaces across the province, and other continuing care projects
- The Government of Alberta is increasing the number of Family Care Clinics and Primary Care Networks across the province under the Budget 2014 Plan. Details on the new clinic locations are slated for release at the end of March 2014.
- The Government of Alberta has set aside funds in Budget 2014 to hire 40 new RCMP members in the province
- Peterbilt is opening a new dealership in Medicine Hat in April 2014 and is hiring journeymen, apprentices, heavy duty technicians and parts persons
- The Government of Alberta has committed a total of $691M for the twinning of Highway 63 between Fort McMurray and Grassland, with $423M dedicated to construction in the 2014 fiscal year
- Shell Canada and the City of Fort Saskatchewan are partnering to provide $400,000 for improvements to recreational facilities in the area
- Fort Saskatchewan is holding its first ever HomeBase Spring Show and Sale, a trade show geared specifically towards smaller, home-based businesses
- NorQuest College is introducing Stan in a Van, a mobile simulation unit that will give remote nursing students hands on experience using high tech mannequins that simulate patient responses and behaviour
- Yellowhead County has awarded numerous road construction and gravel supply contracts for the 2014 summer season
- The Alberta Energy Regulator has granted conditional approval to the Coalspur Vista Mine Project, near Hinton, allowing the company to proceed with mine construction within a five-year timespan
- The Strathcona Community Hospital in Sherwood Park is slated to open in April 2014, providing emergency and X-ray services, with a later phase-in of additional ambulatory services and mental health clinics
- The Blindman Handi-Van Society in Rimbey is losing drivers to retirement and is running out of volunteers. Rimbey Town Council has conditionally granted funds to hire a full-time driver pending a match in funding from Ponoka County.
- Total Energy is forecasting increases in both its contract drilling division, Chinook Drilling, and its natural gas compression business, Bidell Gas Compression, following relocation to a new fabricating facility
- Rockyview Motorsports Corporation is expecting to receive approval from Rocky View County for its $70M track and training facility east of Airdrie. The facility is expected to provide 100 full-time jobs when operational in 2015.
- ATCO has ratified a new two-year agreement with the 200 members of the ATCO Pipelines Natural Gas Employees Association, giving wage increases of 3.5% in 2014 and 2015
- The Doctor Recruitment Committee, County of Grande Prairie, is developing a website that it hopes will assist in attracting physicians to the region
- The Zone Sports Grill, and Lions Den Pub in Grande Prairie, are being combined and renovated into the Den Pub and Carvery, a restaurant that is expected to be completed in April 2014
- MacEwan University will be receiving $30M from the Government of Alberta for a new $153M Centre for Arts and Culture at its downtown Edmonton campus. The building is expected to open for classes in the fall of 2017.
- Moneysense magazine has selected the City of St. Albert as the number one location in Canada as a place to live based on employment, housing prices, crime, weather, and household income
- The Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission is building a new distribution centre in the City of St. Albert in 2014. The facility is expected to bring 400 jobs to the city.
- Lamb Development Corp. is investing $225M in two condominium towers in downtown Edmonton. Elsewhere in downtown, an unnamed developer has plans for three high-rise residential developments with a total of 330 units.
- A new study from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business found that Alberta and Saskatchewan are tied for the highest rate of private sector job vacancies in the country
- The City of Lethbridge and surrounding communities have declared a state of emergency and issued boil water orders as a result of heavy runoff conditions. Numerous businesses and services, including the hospital, are impacted.
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