Because this is a more senior role, a BSc Honours Degree, Diploma to an advanced standard, L6 NVQ/HNC or Scottish equivalent in an engineering field – preferably in materials engineering specifically – will most likely be required. For some positions, an engineering Masters Degree could be required as well, or membership status with a relevant engineering body.
However, experience is often very important too, so entrants with other qualifications or at least 10 years working experience might be considered.
What does a senior materials engineer do?
Working with many different materials, including construction products and raw materials, chemicals, glass or polymers
Selecting the best combination of materials for a job
Optimising working practices
Looking for eco-friendly solutions
Checking compliance with legal requirements
Development of business technical documents
Development and delivery of technical training
Auditing of testing or supply chain facilities
Managing a development team
Communicating new concepts to the design team
Developing an understanding of specifications and client requirements to allow research, design and development of materials and working practices to ensure compliance with specifications
Developing new technologies or products that allow a business to reduce cost and optimise resources
Understanding the properties and benefits of different materials meaning you can deliver innovative designs that can reduce costs and increase efficiency
Understanding the design process from initial concept to final production
Monitoring and guiding the input of other engineers on a project
Work around 50 hours a week, usually between 8am and 6pm
There may be some shift work or working away from home however depending on an organisation’s needs
Newly trained Senior Materials Engineers can earn in the region of £20,000–£30,000
Trained with experience Senior Materials Engineers can earn in the region of £30,000–£40,000
Chartered or Senior Materials Engineers can earn in the region of £40,000–£65,000
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019