Materials science technologist

Materials science technologist

“A materials science technologist ensures that materials are fit for purpose in terms of product innovation, performance, failure diagnosis, operational management, process and manufacturing”

The materials science technologist role is at the forefront of materials innovation in petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, engineering, construction and manufacturing, across sectors such as automotive, aerospace, healthcare, defence, energy, mechanical, civil and chemical engineering, material failure, rheology, adhesives, polymers, and traditional and advanced ceramics. In this role, you’ll ensure that materials are fit for purpose in terms of product innovation, performance, failure diagnosis, operational management, process and manufacturing. You’ll engage in high level activities such as materials testing, novel product development, solving manufacturing issues, laboratory management, team leadership, technological sales, and client management. You work will involve testing materials used by clients through activities such as investigation, gathering physical evidence, critical analyses, drawing conclusions, and recommending courses of action. You may also be involved in designing new materials or production processes, combining materials, or additive manufacturing. In addition, you may need to provide technical leadership in the design and development of new material products by choosing the correct materials and applications through data derived from analysis in the field or lab. On completion, you achieve a bachelor’s degree in materials.

Duration: 48 months

Relevant school subjects: DT and science

Entry requirements: Depend on employer

Achievement upon completion: Level 6 (Degree)—equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £25,000 per annum