Materials engineers are in charge of conducting materials analysis for their organization. They are responsible for completing objective materials performance and recommending changes and corrections. They provide technical support to other teams to order new materials that satisfy project requirements, as well as use their engineering background to develop new product and improve production and manufacturing process. Materials engineers work closely with other engineers to improve quality and efficiency. They also maintain equipment inventory and order new materials as needed. Materials engineers communicate with production staff and external vendors, as well as create detailed reports for comparing materials' performance, quality, and costs. They also research new materials and integrate newer technologies into their projects.
This position generally requires at least a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or a related field. Relevant industry certifications may be preferred. Materials engineers have strong analytical skills to tackle obstacles and minimize production downtime if materials issues arise during manufacturing. They should have experience with schematic interpretation and material properties, and they need to be familiar with a variety of mechanical and digital tools to identify special materials problems' root causes and perform corrective steps. They must also be proficient with relevant software and have an advanced understanding of industry materials and their components. Strong multitasking skills, the ability to work well under minimal supervision, and time-management skills are also beneficial.
Materials Engineer Tasks
Investigate product failures and materials problems, testing for and identifying manufacturing issues.
Supervise and conduct materials testing and technical processes for the organization.
Document and strategize on how to reduce materials and process problems, including researching new materials.
Consult on material choices, process recommendations, and interfacing with external laboratories.