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.
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.
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.