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.
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.
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Technology Design - Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Management of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.
Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
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
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:0 1
Recommended years of science:0 1
Degree Levels Offered
- Materials Science and Engineering BSMSE
- Materials Science and Engineering MS
- Metallurgical Engrg MS
- Materials Science and Engineering PhD
- Metallurgical Engineering BS
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Education by degree The following are the total graduates from all the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions in 2014-2015 school year.
Doctoral Degree (academic)