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Senior materials engineers develop an understanding of specifications and Client requirements to allow research, design and development of materials and working practices to ensure compliance with specifications. They develop new technologies or products that allow a business to reduce cost and optimise resources. Typically they also have responsibility for overseeing the input of other engineers.


Average salaries are in the region of £26,000.00 to £60,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Senior Materials Engineers develop an understanding of specifications and client requirements to allow research, design and development of materials and working practices to ensure compliance with specifications. They develop new technologies or products that allow a business to reduce cost and optimise resources.

What do they do?

As a Senior Materials Engineer, you'll have responsibility for overseeing the input of other engineers. You'll understand the properties and benefits of different materials meaning you can deliver innovative designs that can reduce costs and increase efficiency. Knowledge of both raw materials and finished products is also involved, as you'll need to understand the design process from initial concept to final production.

As a Senior Materials Engineer, you would probably have responsibility for monitoring and guiding the input of other engineers on a project. This includes mechanical, electrical or other materials engineers.

 

In the role of Senior Materials Engineer, you would be:

  • 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
  • Testing materials
  • Analysing data
  • Designing prototypes
  • Looking for eco-friendly solutions
  • Monitoring quality
  • 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

Hours & Salary?

  • Newly trained Senior Materials Engineers can earn in the region of £20,000£26,000
  • Trained with experience Senior Materials Engineers can earn in the region of £27,000£65,000
  • 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.

Typically, Senior Materials Engineers 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.


 

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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

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.

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Career trends and forecasts

4,780 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 4,780 civil engineers per year (including senior materials engineers) between 2017 – 2021 according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). 

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