Materials Engineers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+6.1% (as fast as the average)


What Materials Engineers Do

Evaluate materials and develop machinery and processes to manufacture materials for use in products that must meet specialized design and performance specifications. Develop new uses for known materials. Includes those engineers working with composite materials or specializing in one type of material, such as graphite, metal and metal alloys, ceramics and glass, plastics and polymers, and naturally occurring materials. Includes metallurgists and metallurgical engineers, ceramic engineers, and welding engineers.

Other Job Titles Materials Engineers May Have

Materials Engineer, Materials Research Engineer, Metallurgical Engineer, Metallurgist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Specialty Engineer ,

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

I check my email and respond to urgent emails. Go to the high bay and check in with the Test Conductors and understand what work is going on. Perform tests and inspections of flight hardware. Attend meetings and participate in design and decision reviews. Do paperwork at my desk and check emails again. In contamination, we are focused on designing protocols to ensure we don't cause any contaminations (or can fix them) so that no valuable data or function is lost.

Metallurgy Senior Technologist ,

Sandia National Laboratories

My work mainly involves protecting national interests and security. I do a lot of research and development and project management. My days are typically spent in a lab working with various chemicals and equipment.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Analyze product failure data and laboratory test results to determine causes of problems and develop solutions.
  • Design and direct the testing or control of processing procedures.
  • Monitor material performance, and evaluate its deterioration.
  • Conduct or supervise tests on raw materials or finished products to ensure their quality.
  • Evaluate technical specifications and economic factors relating to process or product design objectives.

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