Materials Engineers investigate the properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and other materials and assess and develop their engineering and commercial applications.

    A bachelor degree in chemical, biochemical or process engineering is needed to work as a Materials Engineer. Many Materials Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Reviews plans for new products and submits material selection recommendations in accordance with design specifications and factors such as strength, weight and cost.
    • Plans and implements laboratory operations to develop new materials and fabrication procedures for new materials to fulfil production cost and performance standards.
    • Confers with producers of materials, such as metals, ceramics, polymers, cements and elastomers, during the investigation and evaluation of materials suitable for specific product applications.
    • Reviews product failure data and implements laboratory tests to establish or reject possible causes, and advises on ways to overcome any problems.

    More about Chemical and Materials Engineers

    All Chemical and Materials Engineers

    • $3,019 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Materials Engineers

    • 520 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 84% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 17% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Materials Engineers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 550 in 2011 to 520 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Materials Engineers work in Western Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Mining.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (84%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 17% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing34.6
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services30.2
    Mining14.3
    Education and Training5.4
    Other Industries15.5

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateMaterials EngineersAll Jobs Average
    NSW25.731.6
    VIC28.025.6
    QLD16.820.0
    SA5.67.0
    WA22.110.8
    TAS0.62.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT0.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketMaterials EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-248.8-9.39.3
    25-3434.0-22.922.9
    35-4424.0-22.022.0
    45-5418.5-21.621.6
    55-595.5-9.09.0
    60-645.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationMaterials EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate34.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree51.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV5.5-21.121.1
    Year 124.5-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.6-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in chemical, biochemical or process engineering is needed to work as a Materials Engineer. Many Materials Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

    Registration may be compulsory in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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    Employers look for Chemical and Materials Engineers who can work well in a team, communicate clearly with a diverse range of people and provide good customer service.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Engineering and Technology

      87% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    2. Chemistry

      82% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

    3. Physics

      78% Skill level

      The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

    4. Mathematics

      78% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Production and Processing

      71% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2131.00 - Materials Engineers.

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    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

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    2. Telephone

      92% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      92% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      92% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    5. Work With Work Group or Team

      85% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

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