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Materials engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering or in a related engineering field. Completing internships and cooperative engineering programs while in school can be helpful in getting a position as a materials engineer.Education
Students interested in studying materials engineering should take high school courses in mathematics, such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; in science, such as biology, chemistry, and physics; and in computer programming.
Entry-level jobs as a materials engineer require a bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s degree programs include classroom and laboratory work focusing on engineering principles.
Some colleges and universities offer a 5-year program leading to both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. A graduate degree, which may be at the Ph.D. level, allows an engineer to work as a postsecondary teacher or to do research and development.
Many colleges and universities offer internships and cooperative programs in partnership with industry. In these programs, students gain practical experience while completing their education.
Many engineering programs are accredited by ABET. Some employers prefer to hire candidates who have graduated from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary to become a licensed professional engineer.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Materials engineers often work on projects related to other fields of engineering. They must determine how materials will be used and how they must be structured to withstand different conditions.
Math skills. Materials engineers use the principals of calculus and other advanced topics in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.
Problem-solving skills. Materials engineers must understand the relationship between materials’ structures, their properties, how they are made, and how these factors affect the products they are used to make. They must also figure out why a product might have failed, design a solution, and then conduct tests to make sure that the product does not fail again. These skills involve being able to identify root causes when many factors could be at fault.
Speaking skills. While working with technicians, technologists, and other engineers, materials engineers must state concepts and directions clearly. When speaking with managers, these engineers must also be able to communicate engineering concepts to people who may not have an engineering background.
Writing skills. Materials engineers must write plans and reports clearly so that people without a materials engineering background can understand the concepts.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Licensure for materials engineers is not as common as it is for other engineering occupations, nor it is required for entry-level positions. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires
The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken after graduation from college. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.
Several states require continuing education for engineers to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own requirements.
Certification in the field of metallography, the science and art of dealing with the structure of metals and alloys, is available through ASM International and other materials science organizations.
Additional training in fields directly related to metallurgy and materials’ properties, such as corrosion or failure analysis, is available through ASM International.Advancement
Junior materials engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. In large companies, new engineers may receive formal training in classrooms or seminars. As engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move on to more difficult projects where they have greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions.
Eventually, materials engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Many become engineering managers or move into other managerial positions or sales work. An engineering background is useful in sales because it enables sales engineers to discuss a product’s technical aspects and assist in product planning, installation, and use. For more information, see the profiles on architectural and engineering managers and sales engineers.
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Hispanic or Latino7.8%
Black or African American0.4%
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Ohio State University24.7%
Ferris State University22.4%
Utah State University8.0%
Pennsylvania College of Technology6.9%
Weber State University5.7%
Iowa State University2.9%
University of Kentucky2.3%
Pennsylvania State University2.3%
Texas A&M University2.3%
Wayne State University1.7%
University of Louisville1.7%
Muskegon Community College1.7%
Hobart Institute of Welding Technology1.7%
Kirkwood Community College1.7%
Western Michigan University1.7%
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo1.7%
Northeastern State University1.1%
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1.1%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Subsea Materials & Welding Engineer||G.A.S. Unlimited, Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 14, 2011||$312,000|
|Subsea Materials & Welding Engineer||G.A.S. Unlimited, Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 14, 2014||$312,000|
|Senior Welding Engineer||Oil States Industries, Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 19, 2015||$138,986|
|Senior Welding Engineer||Technip USA, Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 01, 2014||$125,000|
|Senior Welding Engineer||Oil States Industries, Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 03, 2016||$119,933|
|Senior Welding Engineer||Serimax North America LLC||Houston, TX||Oct 17, 2014||$118,186|
|Senior Welding Engineer||Serimax North America LLC||Houston, TX||Apr 25, 2016||$116,730|
|Materials & Welding Engineer||BP America Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 01, 2015||$112,500|
|Welding Engineer||Technip USA, Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 01, 2011||$112,000|
|Weld Engineer||Chart Energy and Chemicals, Inc.||New Iberia, LA||Sep 15, 2012||$110,000|
|Welding Engineer||Oceanika Yachts Inc.||Miami, FL||Mar 19, 2015||$109,500|
|Welding Engineer||Advantage Technical Resourcing, Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 04, 2013||$107,439|
|Senior Welding Engineer||M+W U.S., Inc.||Hopewell Junction, NY||Oct 01, 2011||$107,000|
|Senior Welding Engineer||Serimax North America, LLC||Houston, TX||Oct 01, 2012||$106,000|
|Assembly Laser Welding Engineer||Keihin IPT Mfg. LLC||Greenfield, IN||Jul 09, 2016||$102,000|
|Senior Welding Engineer||Technip USA, Inc.||Houston, TX||Feb 27, 2012||$100,000|
|Senior Welding Engineer||Greatbatch, Ltd.||Clarence, NY||Sep 21, 2014||$99,840|
|Welding Engineer||Oil States Industries, Inc.||Houston, TX||Mar 11, 2013||$99,502|
|Welding Engineer||Luk USA LLC||Wooster, OH||Jun 09, 2016||$98,000 -
|Welding Engineer||Technip USA, Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 24, 2014||$97,180|
|Engineer IV-Welding Engineer||Smith International, Inc.||Houston, TX||May 10, 2010||$96,000|
|Senior Welding Engineer||M+W U.S., Inc.||Watervliet, NY||Apr 10, 2011||$94,934|
|Welding Engineer||Marks Metal Technology Inc.||OR||Jul 26, 2010||$90,230|
|Welding Engineer||Technip USA, Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 01, 2010||$90,000|
|Welding Engineer||Technip USA, Inc.||Theodore, AL||Oct 01, 2010||$90,000|
|Division Weld Engineer||Trinity Industries, Inc.||Dallas, TX||May 09, 2016||$88,400|
|Welding Engineer||Mayville Engineering Co., Inc.||Wytheville, VA||Aug 19, 2016||$87,048|
|Weld Engineer||Ameriforge Group Inc.||Greenville, SC||Mar 05, 2012||$87,000|
|Welding Engineer||Wood Group Kenny, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jul 17, 2016||$86,840|
|Welding Engineer||C.R. Laurence Co., Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 22, 2014||$86,520|
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