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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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