Materials Engineers:

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 engineers.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $66,070.00
Average Time to Fill 40 days
Typical Education Bachelor's degree
Typical Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 317
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 4.91 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Critical Thinking
Information Gathering
Resource Allocation
Numerical and Arithmetic Application
Technology and Tool Usage
Written Communication
Oral Communication

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Thinking Creatively

Develop new products based on scientific research
Improve test devices or techniques in manufacturing, industrial or engineering setting
Design manufacturing processes or methods
Design electronic or computer equipment, systems, or instrumentation
Develop engineering policies, procedures, or standards
Determine methods of how engineering operations are carried out
Design industrial or manufacturing machinery or equipment
Design industrial processing systems
Develop simple operational data repositories or databases
Develop complex computer databases
Design data processing systems
Design waste recovery methods
Create models of engineering designs or methods
Write business project or bid proposals
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze organic compounds
Examine biological material specimens
Conduct standardized qualitative laboratory analyses
Conduct quantitative failure analyses of operational data
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Evaluate technical data to determine effect on designs or plans
Evaluate product design
Analyze engineering data
Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality
Analyze engineering design problems
Perform engineering research
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Perform cost benefit analysis

Getting Information

Review engineering codes and specifications
Research engineering designs or applications
Interpret architectural or engineering information from blueprints or schematics
Review engineering data or reports
Collect engineering data
Study structure or properties of submicroscopic matter
Conduct laboratory research or experiments
Evaluate plans or specifications to determine technological or environmental implications
Determine factors affecting production processes
Obtain approval for project plans

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

Estimate costs of design or construction materials
Estimate engineering project material requirements
Estimate project material requirements
Determine equipment or tool requirements for projects
Estimate project labor requirements
Estimate engineering project costs
Convert design specifications to cost estimates
Determine physical or chemical properties of materials
Perform engineering related measurements

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Test manufactured products
Compute product or materials test results
Test materials to verify safety standards
Perform quality assurance testing
Test mechanical products or equipment
Conduct performance testing
Evaluate equipment for compliance with standards
Inspect engineering equipment or systems
Test engineering project equipment
Perform tests to assess compliance with standards

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Establish project teams
Approve product design or changes
Employ statistical process control procedures
Implement pollution control techniques
Solve engineering problems
Resolve operational performance problems
Edit documents for completeness, accuracy, or conformance to standards
Determine project methods and procedures

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Manage project teams
Supervise engineering or other technical personnel
Lead engineering teams
Supervise engineering personnel
Manage quality control activities
Manage industrial production activities or processes
Delegate authority for engineering activities

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

Prepare detailed work plans
Plan production processes
Direct design or development activities
Manage projects to keep within time, cost, and quality guidelines
Prepare quality management plan
Develop plans for engineering programs, projects, or services
Plan testing of engineering methods

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Chemical Engineering
Manufacturing Processes
Technical Support
Product Development
Six Sigma
Mechanical Engineering
Quality Assurance and Control

Related Licensing Requirements

Engineer Intern (18-0000000126)

864 IAC 1.1-2-4 Engineering intern; education and work experience Authority: IC 25-31-1-7; IC 25-31-1-8 Affected: IC 25-31-1-12 Sec. 4. (a) The education and experience requirements of section 2 of this rule for professional engineer applicants apply for engineering intern applicants except that individuals with: (1) a baccalaureate degree meeting the course requirements of section 2(c) of this rule shall only be required to obtain two (2) years of work experience; (2) a master of science degree in an engineering discipline following a baccalaureate that is not in an approved engineering curriculum shall only be required to obtain one (1) year of work experience; and (3) the other degrees listed in section 2(b) of this rule shall not be required to obtain any work experience. (b) An individual who is enrolled as a senior in an engineering curriculum in a college or university in Indiana that has at least one (1) approved engineering curriculum may take the last EI examination offered prior to the individual's scheduled graduation. This subsection does not apply to any individual enrolled in any other baccalaureate degree program.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers (3172343022)

Professional Engineer (18-0000000009)

Requirements for professional engineer registration includes graduating from an approved engineer curriculum followed by four years of experience. Other requirements include: Certification from the state where you passed your exams or your NCEES record. 5 references, of which 3 must be from Professional Engineers. Copies of transcripts. Paying the exam fee. Please consult with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency for addition educational or exam requirements.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers (3172343022)

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