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Graduate Materials Engineer

Orion Electrotech

We are a pioneering Medical Device company and due to continued growth, we have an exciting opportunity for a Graduate Materials Engineer to join the team. Working within R&D you will provide research, process development and technical support for all of

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Helping you find a career as a Materials engineer

The job of a materials engineer is to research and test various materials to find innovative new ways of using them. This can include state-of-the-art nanomaterials, for instance graphene and phosphorene, or more familiar materials, including plastics and ceramics.

What does a Materials engineer do?
General tasks will include:
  • Researching specific materials and ways they can be used

  • Testing materials under various conditions

  • Analysing data using computer software

  • Creating prototypes of new products

  • Writing reports for clients

  • Finding the cause of any failures

  • Helping to create new manufacturing processes
What skills and interests should an Materials engineer have?
  • Written and verbal communication

  • Working interdependently

  • Working well under pressure

  • Computer skills

  • Being able to adhere to a budget

  • Excellent planning skills
What hours does a Materials engineer typically do?
As a material engineer you can expect to work between 35 and 40 hours a week across the ‘normal’ working week of 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. Some overtime may be necessary close to deadlines.
What environment is a Materials engineer based in?
Depending on your exact role you will work in either an office, a lab or a factory.
How much does a Materials engineer travel?
Travel in this job is generally limited, with most travel concentrated on moving between different company sites.
How much does a Materials engineer get paid?
The average entry-level salary for a materials engineer is between £20,000 and £26,500 a year, rising to between £28,000 and £42,000 a year with a few years experience.

Those who then go on to become a senior materials engineer can expect to earn over £65,000 a year.
What qualifications does a Materials engineer need?
You will need an appropriate undergraduate degree for this field, so I hope you've been studying hard for your A-levels!
Useful subjects to study at school & university
  • Materials engineering

  • Polymer Engineering/Science

  • Metallurgy

  • Applied Chemistry/Physics

  • Biomaterials
Further reading
Engineering Council

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