Materials Engineer


Materials engineers investigate the properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, plastics and other materials, and develop and assess their commercial and engineering applications.

Duties & Tasks

Materials engineers may perform the following tasks:

  • study the structure and properties of metals and other materials
  • develop methods for processing minerals through to manufactured materials
  • investigate methods for shaping and fabricating materials, joining materials, improving existing materials and evaluating new ones
  • participate in the design of products using advanced materials
  • investigate material failures
  • study ways to extend the life of materials
  • establish procedures and methods to protect materials against deterioration and assess their durability
  • study possible improvements to production methods, report on the nature and uses of materials and advise on manufacturing techniques and quality control systems.

Working Conditions

They often work closely with other professionals, pooling expertise on particular projects. They may work in production plants, offices and outdoors when involved in construction projects.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy science, technical and engineering activities
  • able to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • able to work as part of a team
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • a capacity for creative thinking.

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