CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Materials Engineers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Metalurgical Enginerring
Benchmark Title: Materials Engineers
Summary Job Description Tasks
Evaluate materials and develop machinery and processes to manufacture materials for use in products that must meet specialized design and performance specifications. Develop new uses for known materials. Includes those engineers working with composite materials or specializing in one type of material, such as graphite, metal and metal alloys, ceramics and glass, plastics and polymers, and naturally occurring materials. Includes metallurgists and metallurgical engineers, ceramic engineers, and welding engi neers. Analyze product failure data and laboratory test results to determine causes of problems and develop solutions.
Monitor material performance and evaluate material deterioration.
Supervise the work of technologists, technicians, and other engineers and scientists.
Design and direct the testing or control of processing procedures.
Evaluate technical specifications and economic factors relating to process or product design objectives.
Conduct or supervise tests on raw materials or finished products to ensure their quality.
Perform managerial functions, such as preparing proposals and budgets, analyzing labor costs, and writing reports.
Solve problems in a number of engineering fields, such as mechanical, chemical, electrical, civil, nuclear, and aerospace.
Plan and evaluate new projects, consulting with other engineers and corporate executives as necessary.
Review new product plans and make recommendations for material selection based on design objectives, such as strength, weight, heat resistance, electrical conductivity, and cost.
Design processing plants and equipment.
Modify properties of metal alloys, using thermal and mechanical treatments.
Guide technical staff engaged in developing materials for specific uses in projected products or devices.
Plan and implement laboratory operations for the purpose of developing material and fabrication procedures that meet cost, product specification, and performance standards.
Determine appropriate methods for fabricating and joining materials.
Conduct training sessions on new material products, applications, or manufacturing methods for customers and their employees.
Supervise production and testing processes in industrial settings, such as metal refining facilities, smelting or foundry operations, or nonmetallic materials production operations.
Write for technical magazines, journals, and trade association publications.
Replicate the characteristics of materials and their components with computers.
Teach in colleges and universities.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Metalurgical Enginerring
Benchmark Title: Materials Engineers
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Metalurgical Enginerring
Benchmark Title: Materials Engineers
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Metalurgical Enginerring
Benchmark Title: Materials Engineers
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Metalurgical Enginerring
Benchmark Title: Materials Engineers
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
ANSYS Multiphysics Analytical or scientific software
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
C++ Object or component oriented development software
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
Digital image correlation DIC software Analytical or scientific software
Fault detection isolation and recovery FDIR software Analytical or scientific software
Formula translation/translator FORTRAN Development environment software
Fused deposition modeling FDM rapid prototyping systems Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
Image analysis systems Analytical or scientific software
MTS Testworks Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Office Visio Charting software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
Microsoft Visual Basic Development environment software
Microsoft Visual Basic.NET Object or component oriented development software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
National Instruments LabVIEW Development environment software
PTC Pro/ENGINEER software Computer aided design CAD software
Presentation software Presentation software
QMC CM4D Data base user interface and query software
Stereolithography SLA rapid prototyping systems Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Word processing software Word processing software
Abrasion testers Abrasion testers
Accelerated weathering machines Ageing ovens
Accelerometers Accelerometers
Acoustic impediography equipment Impedance meters
Adhesion testers Metal testing instruments
Adiabatic bomb calorimeters Calorimeters
Ammeters Ammeters
Analytical balances Analytical balances
Atomic absorption AA spectrophotometers Spectrophotometers
Atomic force microscopes Scanning probe microscopes
Attritors Grinding or polishing machines
Ball mills Laboratory mills
Balling drums Twin screw extruder
Band saws Power saws
Benchtop centrifuges Benchtop centrifuges
Binocular compound microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
Calorimeters Calorimeters
Cement mixers Plaster or mortar mixers
Charpy impact testers Impact testers
Colorimeters Colorimeters
Compression testing machines Compression testers
Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines Milling cutters
Computerized numerical control CNC lathes Lathes
Concrete test hammers Concrete or cement testing instruments
Coordinate measuring machines CMM Coordinate measuring machines CMM
Counter-current mixers Laboratory mixers
Current versus voltage IV curve tracers Graphic recorders
Dataloggers Portable data input terminals
Deionizers Ion exchange apparatus
Differential scanning calorimeters Calorimeters
Differential thermal analyzers Thermal differential analyzers
Diffractometers Diffractometers
Digital cameras Digital cameras
Digitizing oscilloscopes Oscilloscopes
Drop weight impact towers Impact testers
Drying ovens Drying cabinets or ovens
Durometers Hardness testers
Electrometers Electrometers
Electron microprobe analyzers EMPA Electron microscopes
Electronic toploading balances Electronic toploading balances
Electrostatic separators Laboratory separators
Energy dispersive x-ray spectrometers EDS Spectrometers
Etching equipment Semiconductor process systems
Extensometers Extensometers
Fiberscopes Borescope inspection equipment
Film thickness measurement systems Thickness measuring devices
Filter presses Filtering machinery
Flame photometers Photometers
Flotation columns Bubble columns
Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectroscopes Infrared spectrometers
Freeze-thaw test units Concrete or cement testing instruments
Friction and wear testers Wear testers
Fume hoods Fume hoods or cupboards
Gas chromatographs GC Gas chromatographs
Gas detectors Leak testing equipment
Gauss meters Electromagnetic field meters
Gel permeation chromatographs GPC Chromatographic scanners
Graphite element furnaces Programmable tube furnaces
Gyratory crushers Gyratory crushers
Hardness testers Hardness testers
Heated walk-in environmental chambers Heated walk in environmental or growth chambers
High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC equipment High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography
High temperature material testing systems Tension testers
High tension separators Laboratory separators
High-vacuum tensile testing chambers Tension testers
Holding jigs Positioning jig
Hot blenders Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers
Hydraulic presses Hydraulic press frames
Impact testers Impact testers
Inert atmosphere box furnaces Laboratory box furnaces
Infrared cameras Infrared imagers
Infrared monitors Infrared imagers
Injection molders Injection molding machines
Isodynamic separators Laboratory separators
Jar mills Laboratory mills
Jaw crushers Jaw crushers
Kneading compactors Vibratory plates
Laboratory blenders Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers
Laboratory glove boxes Isolation glove boxes
Laboratory microwave ovens Laboratory microwave ovens
Laboratory pulverizers Laboratory crushers or pulverizers
Laboratory sample splitters Laboratory crushers or pulverizers
Laboratory test sieves Test sieves
Laboratory vacuum pumps Laboratory vacuum pumps
Laminators Laminators
Lapping wheels Grinders
Laser Doppler velocimeters LDV Flowmeters
Lathes Lathes
Linear variable differential transformers LVDT Linear position sensors
Liquid conditioners Water conditioners
Load frames Load frame
Magnetic separators Laboratory separators
Magnetic susceptibility balances Analytical balances
Masonry cutters Power saws
Mass spectrometers Mass spectrometers
Mechanical sieve shakers Orbital shakers
Melt spinners Crucible furnaces
Micromanipulators Semiconductor process systems
Microscope photo attachments Photo attachments for microscopes
Microwave autoclaves Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
Microwave sintering furnaces High vacuum combustion apparatus
Microwave tube furnaces Tube furnaces
Molecular pumps Laboratory vacuum pumps
Muffle furnaces Laboratory box furnaces
Optical compound microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
Optical emission spectrometers Infrared spectrometers
Oscillating water tunnels Flow transmitters
Particle size analyzers Optical diffraction apparatus
Permeability measuring devices Permeability testing apparatus
Personal computers Personal computers
Pit depth gauges Depth gauges
Plasma-arc furnaces High vacuum combustion apparatus
Polarizing microscopes Polarizing microscopes
Polishing machines Grinding or polishing machines
Porosity indicators Porosimeters
Pycnometers Pycnometers
Reflectometers Reflectometers
Rod mills Laboratory mills
Roll crushers Roll crushers
Rotating furnaces High vacuum combustion apparatus
Safety glasses Safety glasses
Safety gloves Protective gloves
Sample presses Laboratory crushers or pulverizers
Sanding machines Pneumatic sanding machines
Scanning electron microscopes SEM Scanning electron microscopes
Screw-driven test machines Compression testers
Servohydraulic test machines Fatigue testers
Slurry blenders Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers
Solar simulators Ageing ovens
Solid state laser systems Lasers
Solvent dryers Induction dryers
Sonometers Sonometers
Specific gravity balances Laboratory balances
Spectrocolorimeters Colorimeters
Spectrometers Spectrometers
Spectrophotometers Spectrophotometers
Stabilometers Concrete or cement testing instruments
Steam autoclaves Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
Stereo microscopes Stereo or dissecting light microscopes
Strain gauges Strain gauges
Temperature regulated shaking water baths Orbital shaking water baths
Tensile testers Tension testers
Tension gauges Tensiometers
Thermal analysis systems Thermal differential analyzers
Thermogravimetric analyzers Calorimeters
Tube furnaces Tube furnaces
Turbidimeters Turbidimeters
Twin screw extruders Twin screw extruder
Twin-screw extruders Twin screw extruder
Ultrasonic baths Immersion circulators
Ultrasonic dismembrators Homogenizers
Ultrasonicators Homogenizers
Ultrasound inspection equipment Ultrasonic examination equipment
Ultraviolet UV exposure units Infrared dryers
Vacuum coating systems Optical vacuum coating equipment
Vacuum evaporators Laboratory evaporators
Vacuum furnaces Vacuum ovens
Vibration analysis equipment Vibration testers
Viscosity meters Viscosimeters
Water burets Laboratory burets
Water-cooled saws Power saws
Wind tunnels Flow transmitters
X ray fluorescence XRF analyzers Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters
X ray fluorescence XRF spectrometers Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters
pH testers pH meters
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Metalurgical Enginerring
Benchmark Title: Materials Engineers
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Metalurgical Enginerring
Benchmark Title: Materials Engineers
Alternate Job Title(s)
Automation Engineer
Automotive Sheet Metal Engineer
Ceramic Design Engineer
Ceramic Engineer
Ceramic Research Engineer
Ceramics Test Engineer
Corrosion Engineer
Design Engineer
Extractive Metallurgist
Failure Analysis Technician
Forensic Materials Engineer
Foundry Metallurgist
Foundry Process Engineer
Glass Science Engineer
Green Building Materials Designer
Manufacturing Engineer
Material Analyst
Materials Branch Chief
Materials Development Engineer
Materials Engineer
Materials Engineering Superintendent
Materials Research Engineer
Materials Specialist
Materials and Processes Manager
Metallurgical Engineer
Metallurgical Specialist
Physical Metallurgist
Plating Engineer
Process Engineer
Refining Engineer
Research Assistant
Research Engineer
Smelting Engineer
Stress Engineer
Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
Test Engineer
Testing Engineer
Welding Engineer
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Metalurgical Enginerring
Benchmark Title: Materials Engineers
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