Materials underpin nearly all engineering applications. Materials engineering plays a significant role in a range of applications from developing new biomedical engineering devices, to creating sustainable energy solutions and better manufacturing processes and products.
By creating new materials or improving existing ones, materials engineers make a valuable contribution to the design of new products and devices and the improvement of existing ones. You will gain insight into the processing-structure-property relationships of a range of materials, such as metals, polymers, ceramics, electronic materials and composites.
You will learn the fundamental concepts of atomic bonding, atomic scale structure, phase equilibria and methods of characterisation from materials engineering experts who are conducting world leading research in areas such as biomaterials, tissue engineering, nanomaterials, polymers, ceramics, materials modelling and characterisation.
The Master of Engineering (Materials) will equip graduates for careers as metallurgists, plastics engineers, ceramists, adhesive scientists, process and quality control engineers and corrosion engineers. You will work in industrial design, manufacturing, processing and recycling, and select and design materials for: aerospace vehicles; ground transportation systems; automotive industry; solar energy and battery devices; tissue engineering and drug delivery; information and communication systems; electronic and magnetic devices and systems; and optical and opto-electronic components.
You will conduct failure analysis of materials in a variety of applications including those mentioned above.
Employment opportunities exist working in research and development, academia, national laboratories including the Defence Science and Technology Group and industry for companies such as: AECOM, Deloitte, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, KPMG, Orica, BlueScope Steel, Morgan Advanced Ceramics, Austral Bricks and Qenos. Materials engineers are in demand and receive some of the highest salaries in the engineering industry.