Description

Materials engineers are involved in the development, processing, and testing of the materials used to create a range of products, from computer chips and aircraft wings to golf clubs and snow skis.

They work with metals, ceramics, plastics, semiconductors, and composites to create new materials that meet certain mechanical, electrical, and chemical requirements. They are also involved in selecting materials for new applications.

All Engineering courses have duration of five (5) years.

Subject Combination

English, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

Employers

Most Material Engineers specialize in a particular material. For example, metallurgical engineers specialize in metals such as steel, and ceramic engineers develop ceramic materials and the processes for making them into useful products such as glassware or fibre-optic communication lines.

Material and Metallurgical engineers find employment in engineering companies and industries.

Essential skills for Engineers

  • Effective technical skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Creativity
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Project management skills
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Computer skills
  • Good knowledge of mathematics and physics

Read: The overview – Engineering