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MATERIALS ENGINEERING

Materials engineers design, develop, fabricate, and evaluate materials for use in engineering applications. They address the science and technology of producing materials – including metals, ceramics, plastics, semiconductors, and composites – that have properties and shapes suitable for practical application in aerospace, transportation, electronics, energy conversion, biomedical systems, and sustainability.

COURSE SELECTION

Freshman

  • Familiarize yourself with engineering requirements and explore interest areas
  • Complete pre-engineering courses
  • Begin considering cross-disciplinary specialization

Sophomore

  • Maintain a strong GPA, seek academic support early and often
  • Complete gateway courses
  • Determine a cross-disciplinary specialization

Junior

  • Complete gateway courses
  • Begin completing cross-disciplinary specialization courses

Senior

  • Complete MATL courses and cross-disciplinary specialization
  • Schedule graduation check with Engineering Students Services academic advisor one semester prior to graduation
  • Register for the graduation list, Univ 4AAO EN1, for your final semester

ASK FOR ASSISTANCE

Freshman

  • Meet with Academic Advisor each semester to develop your academic plan and course schedule
  • Talk to professors about specific areas of interest
  • Check out free ESS tutoring, study partners, and academic coaching
  • Visit the Engineering CDCR to discuss majors of interest and begin career planning

Sophomore

  • Form study groups with class mates. Continue to seek free Academic Support resources such as Study Partners, Supplemental Instruction, and academic coaching
  • Meet with the Engineering CDCR to help you build a resume, learn about internships, and complete your Handshake profile

Junior

  • Meet with the Engineering CDCR to explore companies, update your resume, and gain customized career assistance
  • Continue to meet with your departmental advisor to gauge your progress and modify planning as needed
  • Meet with faculty in your department to learn about graduate opportunities

Senior

  • Meet with the Engineering CDCR to explore career opportunities and for assistance with strategies for your full-time job search
  • Meet with your departmental advisor to review progress and plan for graduation

GAIN EXPERIENCE

Freshman

  • Identify someone in a professional position of interest to you. Conduct an informational interview with them to learn about what they do
  • Look for job shadowing opportunities in your areas of interest
  • Explore the Co-Op Program. Co-Op orientation take place during the first 3 weeks of each semester

Sophomore

  • Intern and/or participate in Co-Op to add valuable work experience to your resume
  • Explore study abroad opportunities
  • Explore undergraduate research. Learn more through Engineering Undergraduate Research and University Undergraduate Research. Talk to faculty and advisors for guidance.
  • Attend fall and spring Career Fairs
  • Create a LinkedIn account and profile to increase your visibility to potential employers

Junior

  • Continue with Co-Op or Internships
  • Attend on-campus seminars by engineering professionals
  • Attend fall and spring Career Fairs
  • If you are considering graduate school, start studying and take the GRE. Get involved with undergraduate research projects and explore publication opportunities. Attend the Graduate and Professional School Fair
  • Use LinkedIn to identify alumni who can assist you in your job search

Senior

  • Attend fall and spring Career Fairs
  • Attend graduate and professional school recruiting events
  • Continue gaining experience through co-op, internships, part-time jobs, or job shadowing that will assist you during interviews for full-time employment

GET INVOLVED

Freshman

Sophomore

  • Consider leadership roles in organizations you are currently involved in
  • Seek campus and community service opportunities
  • Continue involvement in an organization where you can develop your interests, build social connections, and enhance your resume

Junior

  • Attain leadership roles in Auburn Materials Society, Society of Women Engineers, and other University-wide organizations
  • Become a student member in professional organizations related to your major
  • Attend regional and national conferences for professional and/or student organizations. Submit proposals to present your work

Senior

  • Become a team leader or project manager
  • Begin to use the connections you made through campus involvement and College or department alumni contacts to begin your full-time job search

SAMPLE JOB TITLES

Semiconductor Processing Engineer
Minimum Education: B.M.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $62K - $75K

Failure Analysis Consultant
Minimum Education: B.M.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $50K - $70K

Materials Scientist
Minimum Education: Ph.D.
Entry Level Salary Range: $74K - $90K