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Materials Engineers and Technicians develop a knowledge of the project and specification to source, test and assess compliance of materials and offer guidance on best working practices.
Average salaries are in the region of £26,000.00 to £40,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer
Materials Engineers / Technicians research, design and develop materials to advance technologies and products as well as test the behaviour of these materials under different conditions.
Materials Engineers and Technicians work with existing materials like carbon fibres, plastics, ceramics and construction products and materials as well as newer ones like graphene and phosphorene.
Their expertise lies in understanding the properties and behaviours of these different substances.
The results of the tests they carry out are used by companies to improve the performance of existing products, to eliminate faults with materials already in use, and to help with the development of new technologies.
This field can also be referred to as materials science or materials technology.
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.
Most full time positions are 40 to 50 hours a week. There may be times where you'll need to do overtime to meet deadlines, and you may have to work away from home, depending on the business needs.
A degree is usually required for entry into this profession.
Apart from a degree in materials engineering, technology or science, a number of other engineering and science-based subjects are acceptable.
If your degree is in anything other than materials engineering, you may find that a postgraduate qualification will open up more opportunities.
It is also useful if your first degree or masters is accredited by a relevant professional body, such as the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, as it can help you to achieve the status of chartered engineer at a later date.
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The UK construction industry will need an additional 3980 engineers (which includes material technical engineers) to meet demand every year from 2017 - 2021 - according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI).
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