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Materials Engineers investigate the properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and other materials and assess and develop their engineering and commercial applications.


  • reviews plans for new products and submits material selection recommendations in accordance with design specifications and factors such as strength, weight and cost
  • plans and implements laboratory operations to develop new materials and fabrication procedures for new materials to fulfil production cost and performance standards
  • confers with producers of materials, such as metals, ceramics, polymers, cements and elastomers, during the investigation and evaluation of materials suitable for specific product applications
  • reviews product failure data and implements laboratory tests to establish or reject possible causes, and advises on ways to overcome any problems.

To become a Materials Engineer

  • You need a bachelor degree in chemical, biochemical or process engineering to work as a Materials Engineer. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

    Find a Bachelor of Engineering with Materials Science

  • Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Materials Engineering

  • Welding

  • Communication Skills

  • Research

  • Planning

  • Materials Science

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