What does a Materials Engineer do?

Materials engineers develop, process, and test materials that create products ranging from computer chips and aircraft wings to golf clubs or biomedical devices. They study the properties and structures of metals, ceramics, plastics, or nanometals to create new materials that meet specific mechanical, electrical, and chemical requirements. Materials engineers develop new ways to use existing materials, and they evaluate new projects and consult with other engineers and managers on projects as necessary.

Materials engineers prepare proposals and budgets, analyze labor costs, and write reports. They perform other managerial tasks including supervising technicians, technologists, and other engineers and scientists. They design and direct the testing of processing procedures, monitor how materials perform, and evaluate how materials deteriorate. Materials engineers determine the cause of product failure, and they develop ways to overcome future failures. Materials engineers need a bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering or a related engineering field.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Materials Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹27,880 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: ₹28T
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Materials Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a Materials Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Samsung Electro-MechanicsSamsung Electro-Mechanics
Innovation Engineer
13 Oct 2021

“Work and life balance is not practiced”

University of Alabama at BirminghamUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
Materials Engineering Intern
27 May 2021

“And great pay.”

Materials Support
10 Aug 2021

“Being a part of helping people to hear was a very fulfilling part of the job.”

Lockheed MartinLockheed Martin
Materials Engineer
26 May 2020

“I learned about your company when I was doing research in two if my classes.”

Johnson ControlsJohnson Controls
Materials Analyst
17 Sep 2021

“Good Pay and Bonus.”

Ruskin CompanyRuskin Company
Materials Analyst
19 Mar 2020

“Good People to work with”

Material Engineer
24 Apr 2021

“Good life work balance!”

Material Support
18 Jan 2020

“Lack of career development within branch”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a materials engineer

When working as a materials engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are SUPPLIERS, Surface Chemistry, LEED, Written Communication and Pipeline.

The most similar professions to materials engineer are:
  • Metallurgical Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Program Manager

The most common qualifications to become a materials engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.