SOC Code 17-2131 - Materials Engineers

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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.


SOC Code 17-2131 - Materials Engineers is a a final level code of the “Architecture and Engineering Occupations” Major Occupation Category. There are 26,820 total employees classified in this occupation in the USA, with an average Hourly Wage of $47.06 and average Annual Wage of $97,890.


Occupation Examples

  • Automotive Sheet Metal Engineer
  • Ceramic Engineer
  • Forensic Materials Engineer
  • Glass Science Engineer
  • Metallographer
  • Metallurgical Engineer
  • Metallurgist
  • Welding Engineer

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