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Undergraduate Materials Engineering and Double Degrees

We are in a materials revolution, the way of the future. The ability to understand and manipulate materials and their properties, is often a key factor in any industrial process or technology (new or old). In addition, nanomaterials and biomaterials are becoming important parts of existing industries, and leading to the creation of many new ones. Materials Engineering is crucial in all of this.

What do Materials Engineers do?

  • Develop new materials and products, this is not industry specific (it could be the next generation aircraft wing, the next artificial limb, or even materials for outer space!),
  • Ensure old materials work better through improved processing systems,
  • Characterise and understand structure property relationships,
  • Test materials to determine their properties and predict why they behave the way they do,
  • Predict the lifetime of materials,
  • Choose appropriate materials for particular applications,
  • Make sure materials meet quality specifications

A materials engineer is uniquely prepared to contribute to any design team effort to develop a new device, material product or component, and is well placed to act as an expert advisor in matters such as corrosion, weapons used in murder cases, collapsed pipes etc. In many new areas of technological research and development, new materials are the key element required for significant advances. This is particularly true in growing areas such as biomaterials, nanotechnology and energy research

Career Opportunities

All industries need materials engineers, including: Aerospace, Automotive, Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Consulting, Electronics, Energy, Environment, Manufacturing, Telecommunications. Materials engineer’s also work in a range of jobs including: metallurgist, ceramicist, composite engineer, corrosion engineer, adhesives engineer, plastics engineer, rubber scientist, manufacturing engineering, injection molding technology, research scientist (including at CSIRO and DSTO), manager, sales and marketing, technical services, quality control, process control engineers, performance and failure analysis, manufacturing industries, patent attorney, project engineers, teachers, biomaterials engineer. 

What types of companies in Australia would hire Materials Engineers?

AECOM, Airbus, APA, Arthur Andersen, Alcoa, BASF, Basell, BlueScope, BHP Billiton, CSIRO, Dow, DSTO, EPA,
Esso / ExxonMobil, Ford, GHD, Holden, HRL, Huntsman, Kraft, Melbourne Water, Orica, Olex Cables, Qenos, Telstra, Smith and Nephew, Toyota, Webforge.

What degrees can I take if I choose Materials Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering offers a four year Bachelor of Engineering degree specialising in materials engineering. Double degree materials engineering programs may also be taken with arts, biomedical science, commerce, law, or science.

Materials Engineering Aims

The aim of the program is to equip graduates with the skills and attributes necessary to commence a career in areas as varied as the development of a new process or product, ground-breaking research, or work in industrial production facilities. The program provides a broad foundation in all areas of materials, recognising the diverse future careers of its graduates who will be well prepared for careers in industry and research. The opportunity to specialise in areas as diverse as corrosion, biomaterials, adhesion, polymer recycling, materials processing and metallurgy is available.logy and energy research.

     

Double Degrees with Materials Engineering

A degree in materials engineering can be taken in conjunction with degrees from many other faculties, where students can benefit from the breadth of study, making them more attractive to prospective employers in a world where job responsibilities require multiple skills, a broad, cross disciplinary knowledge base, and the ability to adapt.

A double degree can take between five and six and a half years to complete. Please see list of double degrees below.

Bachelor of Engineering (Materials)/Bachelor of Arts (BE/BA) [Five years full time]

A double degree with arts is an ideal opportunity for students to pursue interests in materials engineering and communications at the same time. They may also complete any other arts major sequence and any arts minor sequence taught by the Faculty of Arts. Many engineering students find this double degree ideal for continuing on with studies in humanities subjects that they enjoyed throughout secondary school. The combination of arts and engineering engenders strong communications skills in graduates who are well suited to roles in consultancy, public bodies and work in the international arena.

Bachelor of Engineering (Materials)/ Bachelor of Laws (BE/LLB) [Six and a half years full time]

Many aspects of law involve situations where technical knowledge is invaluable, such as litigation involving failure of devices or machinery components, patent demarcations and the ownership of intellectual property. This degree combining Law and Materials Engineering is an ideal background for someone to excel in this interesting and potentially lucrative field.

Bachelor of Engineering (Materials)/Bachelor of Science (BSc/BE)[Five years full time]

This double degree provides the opportunity for students to advance into such areas as biomaterials, materials chemistry and corrosion science, among many others.

Bachelor of Engineering (Materials)/ Bachelor of Commerce (BCom/BE) [Five years full time]

Alongside their studies in materials engineering, students may choose from one of the many majors offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics, including management, marketing, economics and accounting to name a few. Career prospects for Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Engineering graduates are excellent.

Graduates of this program are highly sought after by companies looking for employees with both business know-how and the ability to understand technological issues Many commerce/engineering graduates move into senior management positions.

Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Engineering (Materials) (BBiomedSci/BE) [Five years full time]

The double degree introduces students to a range of new, interdisciplinary subjects covering areas of modern biomedical sciences, human biology and public health, and develops a solid grounding in materials engineering. The strong research and design focus that characterises the materials engineering component, combined with the interdisciplinary approach of the biomedical science component, will produce graduates who are able to make a unique contribution to both biomedical science and engineering.

Examples of where materials engineering considerations are important in medical science include materials used for implants (titanium hip joints, artificial lenses); bonding materials used with implants; in dentistry and prosthetics, in drug delivery and when using materials or scaffolds to induce tissue growth in the shape required for transplanting to the required area (tissue engineering including stem cell technologies).

Areas of Study

Areas of Study

Metals/alloys, ceramics, polymers, nanomaterials, biomaterials, fracture/failure, stress analysis, modelling of properties, composites, nanocomposites, surface engineering and corrosion.

Course structure

Level One - Bachelor of Engineering students undertake a common first year, which provides a foundation in mathematics and sciences and applications in general engineering units. Prior to the commencement of second year, students choose a branch of engineering in which to specialise.

Level Two - units explore topics such as crystallography, thermodynamics, biological engineering and solid mechanics, which underpin the later years of study in materials.

Level Three - looks at applications of materials, concentrating on the unique properties of specific material groups (eg polymers/plastics, ceramics, metals, metal alloys), as well as surface properties such as corrosion and adhesion.

Level Four - emphasises the engineering use of materials and involves a major practical research project and specific studies of the engineering use of real materials. Design work and management are also significant components of level four.
Students can specialise by their choice of electivesand project topic. Industrial experience is a compulsory component of the Bachelor of Engineering. Many employment opportunities arise from contacts made during the compulsory 12 weeks industrial placement, usually undertaken during vacation.

Further information

Application information is available here:http://www.eng.monash.edu.au/prospective/apply.html

Further details of engineering courses may be accessed on the Monash Engineering webpage here: http://www.eng.monash.edu.au/prospective/ug/disciplines/

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Telephone: +61 3 9905 5697
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Email general enquiries: mateng.enquiries@eng.monash.edu.au
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