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
Metallographer
Metallurgical Engineer
Metallurgical Specialist
Metallurgist
Nanotechnologist
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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