How to become a Materials Engineer

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

Personal requirements of a Materials Engineer

  • 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

Education & Training for a Materials Engineer

To become a materials engineer you usually have to complete a degree in engineering at university with a major in materials engineering. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Future growth:

relatively steady

Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 24.9%

NT 0%

QLD 25.6%

SA 7.8%

TAS 0%

VIC 21.7%

WA 20%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 89.6%

Female 10.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 82.2%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 17.8%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 48.2%

Above 35 years: 53.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Graduates may be eligible to join Engineers Australia and Materials Australia. Visit their websites for more details.
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