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Materials Engineer

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Materials engineers study the properties of materials and investigate how they behave in different conditions. They work out the best materials, such as metals and plastics, to use to make products and consider environmentally friendly alternatives and processes.

They may be called metallurgists or polymer engineers if specialising in one type of material.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The average starting salary for materials engineers is usually between £20,000 and £25,000 a year. With experience this can rise to between £35,000 and £55,000. Chartered engineers can earn up to £60,000 a year or more.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Materials engineers work in a wide range of industries including construction, aerospace, plastics, paper, textiles, oil, gas, coal and artificial fibres. There are also jobs in engineering contracting companies to design and build production plants.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
6627
1.7 %
RISE
2023
6739
  United Kingdom
2018
65426
2.4 %
RISE
2023
67014

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK. It does so through 35 professional engineering institutions which are Licensed Members of the Engineering Council.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Cogent
Tel: 01925 515200
Website: http://www.cogentskills.com
Website (2): http://www.sciencecareerpathways.com
Twitter: @cogent_skills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CogentStudents

Cogent is the Sector Skills Council for the chemical, nuclear, oil and gas extraction, petroleum and polymer industries.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Website: http://www.engc.org.uk/
Twitter: @EngCouncil

EngineeringUK
Tel: 020 3206 0400
Website: http://www.engineeringuk.com
Twitter: @_EngineeringUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TomorrowsEngineers

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
Tel: 020 7451 7300
Website: http://www.iom3.org/
Twitter: @iom3
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iom3globalnetwork

IOM3 also have a website devoted to careers in the mining and minerals industries at www.uk-rocks.net

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council promotes the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of and education in science, technology, mathematics, computing and information technology. It awards the designation of Chartered Scientist (CSci) to those candidates who can meet the high standards required.

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: customerservices@semta.org.uk
Website: http://www.semta.org.uk/
Twitter: @SemtaSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemtaSkills?ref=hl

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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