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.
- A newly trained materials engineer can earn in the region of £20,000 and £26,000 per year
- A trained with experience materials engineer can earn in the region of £26,000 and £40,000
- A senior, chartered or master materials engineer can earn in the region of £40,000 and £65,000 a year
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.
Qualifications and Training
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. These include:
- Applied chemistry
- Applied physics
- Ceramics and glass
- Chemical engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Mining engineering
- Polymer science/technology
- Structural engineering.
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.