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Materials Engineers

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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.

Key Competencies
* Analytical Thinking
* Integrity
* Attention to Detail
* Initiative
* Dependability
* Achievement/Effort
* Innovation
* Persistence
* Independence
* Cooperation

Representative Tasks
* Supervise the work of technologists, technicians, and other engineers and scientists.
* Conduct or supervise tests on raw materials or finished products to ensure their quality.
* Review new product plans and make recommendations for material selection, based on design objectives such as strength, weight, heat resistance, electrical conductivity, and cost.


Job Family
Architecture and Engineering

Sample Job Titles
Automation Engineer, Ceramic Design Engineer, Ceramic Research Engineer, Ceramics Test Engineer, Corrosion Engineer, Design Engineer, Extractive Metallurgist, Failure Analysis Technician, Forensic Materials Engineer, Foundry Metallurgist, Foundry Process Engineer, Glass Science Engineer, Green Building Materials Designer, Material Analyst, Materials and Processes Manager, Materials Branch Chief, Materials Development Engineer, Materials Engineer, Materials Research Engineer, Metallographer, Metallurgical Engineer, Metallurgical Specialist, Metallurgist, Nanotechnologist, Physical Metallurgist, Plastics Engineer, Plating Engineer, Process Engineer, Project Engineer, Refining Engineer, Research Engineer, Smelting Engineer, Stress Engineer, Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE), Test Engineer, Testing Engineer, Welding Engineer.