Career outlook for materials engineer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would test and research the materials of the future to use them in new technology and better products.
You could work with new nanomaterials like graphene and phosphorene. You could find out how to use their properties for computer electronics or biological sensors.
Or you might find new ways to use older materials. For example, you might test carbon fibre reinforced plastics to make stronger, lighter sports equipment. You could develop the special polymers, ceramics and alloys used in medical implants.
You would normally work in a particular area, like metals, coatings or chemicals.
- Research the properties of materials
- Research new ways to combine properties
- Test materials under different conditions
- Analyse test data, using computer modelling software
- Develop prototypes for new products
- Help to design product manufacturing processes that use new materials
- Investigate the reasons behind component or structural failures
- Supervise a team of technicians
- Write reports for project managers and clients
You would often investigate materials with non-destructive methods, like testing for tolerance to heat or corrosion, electrical conductivity or durability and strength.
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