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Materials Engineer Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Materials Engineer. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Materials Engineer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Materials Engineer Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Materials engineers design, develop and improve materials, including metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. Every manufactured item has had the input of a materials engineer at some stage.

They carry out tests and experiments to determine the structure and properties of materials and can be involved in developing and testing:

  • structural materials for construction
  • automotive materials
  • aerospace materials
  • biomedical materials for replacement body parts
  • sports materials for leisure
  • communication materials, such as silicon chips, optical fibres and storage media.

Materials engineers often work as part of a team consisting of other engineers and engineering technicians working on a complex product. The team leader is usually a chartered or incorporated engineer.

Incorporated engineers specialise in developing and applying modern technology. They have a detailed knowledge and understanding of current engineering applications, and have the practical skills and know-how to put plans into practice. They often hold key operational management roles.

Chartered engineers have greater theoretical engineering knowledge and can be involved in research and development or manufacture and installation. They are often project leaders and are responsible for teams of incorporated engineers and technicians.

Hours and Environment

Materials engineers work a basic week of 35 to 40 hours, Monday to Friday. In practice they may work extra hours to meet deadlines.

Depending on their work they could be based in an office, laboratory or manufacturing environment. Travel may also be involved.

Skills and Interests

To be a materials engineer, you should:

  • have an interest in science
  • have numerical ability
  • have good communication skills
  • be computer literate
  • understand manufacturing processes, the qualities of materials and construction methods
  • be a creative problem solver
  • be able to work in a team.


Entry is usually with a degree or BTEC higher national certificate/diploma. Relevant subjects include materials engineering, materials science or materials technology. Courses also exist specialising in one group of materials or their applications, for example metallurgy, polymer science, aerospace engineering, biomaterials, or sports and materials science.

Entry requirements for a degree course are five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) and two or three A levels/three or four H grades, normally including maths and a science subject. Those without the necessary background in science and maths can address this by taking a one-year foundation course. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

People already working in the materials field can become an incorporated engineer by studying part-time for a relevant HNC/HND or NVQ/SVQ at level 4. Distance learning courses are also available. The engineering institutions accept these as long as the study follows an approved profile.

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining website holds details of institutions around the country offering relevant training for this field. See contacts below.


Graduate apprenticeships in engineering may be available in England.

Qualification as an incorporated materials engineer requires:

  • an accredited three-year engineering degree or equivalent qualification, or an accredited HNC/HND plus further learning equivalent to one year of study, known as a matching section; this does not have to be formal study but should be at final year degree level
  • completion of a period of initial professional development including practical training and professional engineering experience
  • successfully passing a professional review
  • gaining corporate membership of the Institution of Incorporated Engineers.

The Institution of Incorporated Engineers offers a number of awards to help women who are studying for incorporated engineer qualifications.

Qualification as a chartered materials engineer requires:

  • an accredited MEng degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant engineering subject
  • completion of a period of initial professional development which includes formal and informal training and professional engineering experience
  • successfully passing a professional review
  • gaining corporate membership of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.


Materials engineers work in many industries including construction, construction engineering, building services, electronics, shipbuilding, aerospace, power generation, railways, electronics, and vehicle and consumer goods manufacture.

Some materials engineers may work on a consultancy basis, providing a materials advice service for clients.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline.

New entrants earn around £16,000 a year.
Experienced incorporated engineers earn on average £30,000.
Some chartered materials engineers can earn over £40,000.

Further information

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
1 Carlton House Terrace
Tel: 020 7451 7300

SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) *
14 Upton Road
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0808 100 3682

Institution of Incorporated Engineers
Savoy Hill House
Savoy Hill
Tel: 020 7836 3357

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website:

Other Useful Materials Engineer Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Materials Engineer job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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