Materials Engineer Job Description

January 22, 2011 | By More

Materials Engineer Job Profile and Description

Whether it’s for new or existing products, the materials engineer is responsible in ensuring that the company gets the best value and most effective materials used in any component of its products.  They analyze, design, strengthen, and engineer composites or derivatives of various types of materials, whether natural or synthetics, that are used as raw materials in fabricating and manufacturing processes. In addition, they ensure that any approved materials are delivered in compliance with agreed standards prior to being used in the production line.

Materials Engineer Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervise a team of scientists, metallurgical and chemical engineers in charge of evaluating new and substitute materials proposed as more cost effective alternative to originals.
  • Assess materials and develop the homologation procedures and machining processes to manufacture these materials for the use in the production, particularly in the aircraft sheet metal section.
  • Develop new standards as necessary in adopting more resilient or more robust materials exceeding original specification.
  • Provide the necessary documentation on proposed raw materials for approval by higher management

Materials Engineer Skills and Specifications

  • Must have well-ground knowledge in chemical compositions of various materials and their value in industrial and consumer application
  • Must have detail conscious with strong problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Must have adequate interpersonal skills to work in a team
  • Must have computer literacy in word processing in spreadsheet application

Materials Engineer Education and Qualifications

  • An associate or BS degree in Chemical, Metallurgical, Mechanical or related engineering sciences
  • 2-3 years of experience in a related materials processing environment is an advantage

Materials Engineer Salary.

The median annual salary of a Materials Engineer in 2009 was $81,800.  The middle 50% earned between $63,800 and $102,000 with the lowest 10% getting less than $51,400 while the top 10% got $124,500.  The salary range depends on the industry and size of the company.

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