Materials Engineer

Job description

A material engineer create and test materials for use in a wide variety of products.

Required training

High school:
  • Algebra, trigonometry, calculus
  • Biology, chemistry, physics
  • Computer programming


  • Bachelor's degree

Skills/Characteristics of a person successful in this career

  • Analytical skills
  • Math skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Speaking skills
  • Writing skills

Typical wages

The median annual salary of a material engineer was $91,310 in May 2015. Pay ranges from less than $53,120 to more than $144,720.
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Job outlook

Employment is not expected to see any major changes from 2014 to 2024. However, manufacturing industries in which most materials engineers work at are expected to have declines in employment.

The demand for materials engineers is expected to come from growing fields like biomedical engineering.

Professional associations

ASM International (

Job listing

Company name: Ashcroft, Inc
Location: Stratford, CT 06614
Job description: "

Support, analyze and improve the cleaning, metal joining and lab/pilot scale test equipment processes. Test, identify and make material recommendations for Ashcroft products that meet or exceed industry standards, customer expectations and company quality and performance requirements. Provide assistance to Support and Development Engineering when developing new products or improving existing products. Work with Engineering, internal Supply Chain and suppliers to identify required materials and support changes for all Ashcroft products. Support the Materials, and Test Lab Engineering Manager and Critical Application Solutions Experts (CASE) with other projects, such as RoHS, REACH and general product testing."

  • Improve and support cleaning processes and equipment including "cleaning for oxygen service"

  • Support joining process (welding, brazing, and soldering) and maintain qualification records. Make improvements and troubleshoot processes.

  • Develop lab/pilot scale test equipment using pumps, pipe/tubing, tanks, etc. to simulate processes and verify performance.

  • Proactively identify test materials on Ashcroft products to ensure industry standards and Ashcroft requirements.

  • Identify and recommend appropriate materials to meet standards.

  • Work with materials group and vendors to specify and receive samples of required parts and materials.

  • Set up, adjust and operate test lab equipment to ensure materials meet Ashcroft's quality standards.

  • Assist Engineering and Global Product Leaders with material identification and selection.

  • Work closely with Quality Assurance to develop and approve test plans.

  • Work as part of a team to analyze data, determine root causes and develop solutions.

  • Remain current on industry and material standards and changes that may affect product lines and material supply.

  • Provide support for Critical Application Solution Experts (CASE), field returns and test lab including report development and analysis.


  • B.S. Degree in Mechanical, Chemical, Industrial, Materials Engineering or Applied Science discipline

  • 1-3 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment—co-op experience a plus

  • Good mechanical aptitude and the ability to use hand and power tools, ovens, lab equipment, etc.

  • Working knowledge of general manufacturing processes

  • Ability to create, revise and read engineering drawings, as well as basic SolidWorks/CAD experience