Materials Engineer

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What is a Materials Engineer

Are you interested in the science of our environment and how we improve our lives using materials?

A job as a Materials Engineer could be an ideal choice for you to further explore your passion for science.

A Materials Engineer has a deep understanding of the differences between materials. They use their technical understanding to choose the right material for each project or product that they are developing.

You could be working across a wide range of industries, using problem-solving to improve product quality with the latest available technologies.

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Getting in and Qualifications


With a wide range of industries requiring the services of Materials Engineers, there are multiple paths to successful employment.

Useful subjects include:

  • Design and Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

For S5/6 pupils, the Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering may be helpful as a starting point for potential Materials Engineers.

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you will need.


The Engineering: Design and Manufacture Graduate Apprenticeship could kick-start your career with a job while you complete a degree. 

HNC, HND or degree qualifications in Materials Engineering, Applied Chemistry or Polymer Science can be valuable for this career.

Engineering UK is an industry membership organisation that encourages young engineers.