Our graduates are working on every stage of the lifecycle of materials:
- Extraction and processing of materials
- 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.