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In the Fall of 2012, I will be Attending the University of Kentucky to study Material Engineering. I will be in school for a minimum of four years. The starting salary for a material engineer is $83,000.(Based off 2010 bls.gov) Materials engineers develop, process, and test materials used to create a range of products, from computer chips and aircraft wings to golf clubs and snow skis.

What they do- Materials engineers develop, process, and test materials used to create a range of products, from computer chips and aircraft wings to golf clubs and snow skis. They work with metals, ceramics, semiconductors, plastics, composites, and other substances to create new materials that meet certain mechanical, electrical, and chemical requirements. They also develop new ways to use materials.

Work Environment-Materials engineers held about 22,300 jobs in 2010. They often work in offices where they have access to computer-aided design (CAD) programs. Others work in supervisory roles either in the factory or in research and development laboratories.  

 

How to become one- Materials engineers typically have a bachelor’s degree in materials science or engineering or a related field. Employers also value practical experience. Therefore, cooperative engineering programs, which provide college credit for structured job experience, are valuable as well.

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