Materials Engineers evaluate materials and develop machinery and processes to manufacture materials for use in various products. They may also develop new uses for known materials. Materials Engineers usually specialize in metals, plastics, or ceramics. Others may specialize in graphite, metal alloys, glass, and other naturally occurring materials.
Duties and Tasks:
Develop, modify, test, and evaluate new or existing materials
Review new product plans and make recommendations and provide technical advice for material selection and suitability
Analyze product failure data and laboratory test results to determine causes of problems and create solutions
Conduct or supervise tests on raw materials or finished products to ensure their quality.
Design and direct the testing or control of processing procedures.
Monitor material performance and evaluate material deterioration.
Guide technical staff in developing materials for specific uses in projected products or devices.
High scientific and technical knowledge – applied chemistry & physics
Computer aided design (CAD) software
Materials resources management – ensuring the appropriate use of materials, equipment, and facilities to complete projects
Critical thinking – ability to identify strengths and weaknesses of plans, processes, and materials. Explore alternative solutions and come up with different approaches to problems