Materials Engineers

Materials Engineers at a Glance

Materials engineers work in a variety of industries such as aerospace product and parts manufacturing, architectural engineering, communications equipment, and petroleum and coal products manufacturing. They are responsible for assessing materials and designing machinery and processes to create materials to be utilized in strictly regulated products. In addition to designing materials, materials engineers are responsible for finding new uses for existing materials. Materials managers may specialize in several different materials, while some may specialize in just one material such as graphite, plastics, glass, or metal alloys.