Materials Engineers


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.
Also called: Materials Engineer, Materials Research Engineer, Metallurgist, Process Engineer

Knowledge:

    Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • computers and electronics
    Math and Science
  • chemistry
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
    Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
    People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
    Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
    Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Dependability
  • Achievement/Effort

Technology:

    Analytical or scientific software
  • Minitab
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
    Development environment software
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
    Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS

Education:

    bachelor's degree
    master's degree
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