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Materials engineer

Materials engineers research the behaviour of materials used in industry to make them stronger, lighter and more hard-wearing.

Potential salary

£20,000 to £45,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

39 to 41 a week

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
  • knowledge of physics
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • researching new ways to combine materials
  • analysing test data, using computer modelling software
  • developing prototypes for new products
  • designing manufacturing processes that use new materials
  • investigating the reasons behind component or structural failures
  • supervising a team of technicians
  • writing reports

You could work at a manufacturing plant, in a laboratory or in an office.

With experience, you could move into project management or technical sales. You could also specialise in a particular material, or work in research and consultancy.

You can find out more about careers in materials engineering from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

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