1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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2127-15 Materials Engineer

Plans and directs the engineering and commercial application of materials, manufacturing processes, products and related technologies.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • reviews plans for new products and submits material selection recommendations in accordance with design specifications and factors such as strength, weight and cost
  • plans and implements laboratory operations, to develop material and fabrication procedures for new materials, to fulfil product cost and performance standards
  • prepares reports of materials studied
  • confers with producers of materials, such as metals, ceramics, polymers, cements and elastomers during the investigation and evaluation of materials suitable for specific product applications
  • reviews product failure data and interprets laboratory tests, to establish or reject possible cause and advises on ways to overcome any problem
  • may conduct scientific studies for understanding, characterising and developing materials
  • may guide technical staff engaged in developing materials for specific use in proposed products or devices

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