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At A Glance: Materials Engineers

Materials engineers solve manufacturing challenges by evaluating materials and developing machinery and processes to create materials for use in products. They also test materials and develop new uses for known materials likes metals, graphic, ceramics, glass, plastics, polymers, and other naturally occurring materials. While their jobs requires them to use math and chemistry, there is also an element of creativity as they persistently try to solve problems. To become a materials engineer requires at least a bachelor's degree. Materials engineers earn approximately $44.42 per hour, and the need for them grows at an average of 2% to 4% per year.

Entry Level Requirements


Bachelor's Degree

To become a materials engineer requires a bachelor's degree. Some positions may even require a master's degree.
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Material Engineering:

Top 5
Industry in our region.

How much can I make?

Hourly Rate: $27 - $71/HR.

Job Details: Materials Engineers

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Commonly Performed Tasks

There are many tasks that materials engineers perform regularly. Their work is essential to product development and manufacturing. Materials engineers are responsible for ensuring the quality and viability of materials for products. Their work involves designing, testing, and implementing materials solutions to create the perfect final product.
  • Review new product plans and make recommendations for material selection, based on design objectives
  • Supervise the work of technologists, technicians, and other engineers and scientists
  • Analyze product failure data and test results to determine causes of problems and develop solutions
  • Conduct or supervise tests on raw materials or finished products to ensure their quality
  • Plan and implement laboratory operations and fabrication procedures that meet standards

Required Job Skills

Materials engineers require specific skills, abilities, and knowledge to do their jobs effectively. In order to solve problems and innovate with materials, they must be able to think critically and analyze problems.
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Comprehend complex informational text and visuals
  • Identify, analyze, and solve complex problems
  • Know chemical properties and processes
  • Use mathematical calculations to solve problems
  • Knowledge of materials, processes, and systems

Education & Training Information

Programs and Opportunities

Robert Morris University
Program: Advanced Additive Engineering
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year

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