Career Options


Our graduates are working on every stage of the lifecycle of materials:

  • Extraction and processing of materials
  • Manufacturing
  • In-service evaluation & monitoring
  • Consulting, research and development

The descriptions below give a broad sense of what these involve.

Extraction and processing of materials

  • Performing quality control analysis to ensure the properties of materials arising from manufacturing.
  • Developing new processing routes which are more economical, sustainable and efficient without sacrificing material performance.


  • Working with other engineers in the early design stages to select the best materials for a given application.
  • Working in technical sales and customer support to ensure a proper understanding of the function and limitations of materials within a design.
  • Acting as internal consultants for material failure analysis and life cycle analysis. 

In-Service evaluation & monitoring

  • Evaluating the environmental performance/degradation of materials during their life.
  • Performing qualification testing to ensure the strength of structural materials during their life.
  • Developing procedures for dealing with objects at the end of their life (recycling and disposal).
  • Performing consulting activities for the analysis of the failure of materials.

Consulting, research and development

  • Materials engineers also work alongside scientists to develop new materials in research and development environments.
  • Materials engineering is strongly linked to research, a fact that is reinforced by the high level of research activity that undergraduate students are exposed to in the MTRL department at UBC.