A MATERIALS ENGINEER develop, process, and test materials used to create a wide range of products. They study and evaluate the structures and properties of metal, composites, ceramics, plastics and nanomaterials to create new materials that can meet the particular chemical, electrical and mechanical specifications.
Generaly, they work in offices where they have access to computers and design equipment. Some may also be seen in factories or research and development laboratories. MATERIALS ENGINEERS typically work full time and may work overtime when necessary.
To become a MATERIALS ENGINEER, you must have a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering or in a related engineering discipline.
One must complete internships and cooperative engineering programs while in school to help land a job immediately after completion of school as a MATERIALS ENGINEER.
The general employment of MATERIALS ENGINEER is expected to grow 2 percent worldwide and 5 percent in Ghana for the next ten years.
In Ghana, the average salary of a MATERIALS ENGINEER is around GHc 4,500 a month. Newly hired MATERIALS ENGINEERS earn around GHc 2,000.
The salary can go as high as GHc 7,500 a month as one accumulates experience on the job field.
Salary of a MATERIALS ENGINEER however is dependent on the company hiring and the experience of the employee. Naturally as one’s years of experience goes high, he earns higher in the field of Engineering. Some companies can pay more than the averaged salary while some may pay a little less than the averaged.
One’s level of education is also a factor that comes into consideration when the salary of MATERIALS ENGINEERS is discussed. As we all know, the higher the education level the bigger the salary. This principle applies in the world of MATERIALS ENGINEERS also.
According to a survey in Ghana, it was identified that employees with less years of experience but higher educational level were paid about 15 percent more than employees with more years of experience but low-level education qualification.
It continued to show that, the employees with higher education level but less experience occupied top positions in companies and industries at the expense of employees with more years of experience but little education.
A Materials Engineer is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation. People who get highest bonuses are usually seen in the revenue generation cycle.
From a survey, 49% of MATERIALS ENGINEERS reported not to have received any bonuses in the past few years while 51% confirmed that they had one way or the other received some form of monetary incentives.