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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.

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Skills Needed


Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.


Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.


Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


This following graph displays the lower, median and upper income potential of the job.

  • Lower Income Salary $62k
  • Median Income Salary$91k
  • Upper Income Salary $126k

Employment Projections for this Job


Education Pathway

High school courses

  • Below A rigorous high school STEM education - versus the minimum required for graduation - prepares students to come up with creative solutions to tough problems, better preparing them for college and new careers.

  • Recommended years of math:
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  • Recommended years of science:
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Degree Levels Offered

    • Materials Science and Engineering BSMSE
    • Materials Science and Engineering MS
    • Metallurgical Engrg MS
    • Materials Science and Engineering PhD
    • Metallurgical Engineering BS

Links to Schools and Programs

Paying for school

Education by degree The following are the total graduates from all the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions in 2014-2015 school year.

  • 6

    Bachelor's Degree

  • 1

    Doctoral Degree (academic)

  • 2

    Master's Degree