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Material engineers

Material engineers use science to create incredible new materials by manipulating the atomic and molecular structure of substances.

Material engineers have:

  • Created flame resistant cloth for Formula One racing suits
  • Developed high definition computer screens
  • Designed lighter golf balls
  • Invented kevlar for bullet-proof vests, snowboards and skis
In your community: 

Do you use special wax on cross country skis to glide across the snow easier? How about styrofoam or fibreglass insulation to keep your house warm in the winter? Materials engineers helped developed these materials and many others.

Your community might have special needs in terms of the materials used to make roads or construct buildings. It might need someone who knows all about the by-products of oil and gas exploration. These are all jobs which could be filled by a materials engineer.


If you like...

  • Being creative
  • Problem solving
  • Inventing new things
  • Making discoveries
  • Helping people
  • Protecting the environment

...you might enjoy Materials Engineering.

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