Materials Engineer

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Materials Engineers work with metal, glass, ceramics, plastic, polymers…oh my! They can create new materials and study how materials perform, on an atomic level, in certain conditions. Airplanes, computer chips, and building materials are examples of breakthroughs in this field. Computers are often used to create models of materials and to predict how they withstand different environments. Through their work, materials engineers help solve problems in many other areas of engineering. A bachelor’s degree in materials science or engineering is required, and employers prefer graduates of a cooperative engineering program, where you gain practical work experience while still in school.

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