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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.

Auburn Department of Materials Engineering
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SAMPLE JOB TITLES

Semiconductor Processing Engineer
Minimum Education: B.M.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $57K - $109K
Average Entry Level Salary: $70K

Failure Analysis Consultant
Minimum Education: B.M.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $56K - $93K
Average Entry Level Salary: $69K

Materials Scientist
Minimum Education: Ph.D.
Entry Level Salary Range: $53K - $119K
Average Entry Level Salary: $86K

The starting salary range for Auburn materials engineers is $93,390 (Materials Engineering Fact Sheet, 2019).

Sample job title salary ranges and averages refer to entry level roles in the United States provided by Glassdoor.com and PayScale.com.

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RECRUITING COMPANIES

  • Applied Materials
  • Ascend Performance Materials
  • BASF
  • Chevron
  • DuPont
  • ExxonMobil
  • Gerogia-Pacific
  • Jacobs
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Southern Company

This list is a sampling of companies, not reflective of all organizations who recruit AU Materials Engineers.

NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

STUDENT TEAMS AND ORGANIZATIONS

  • Auburn Materials Society
  • Phi Psi National Textile Fraternity

BUILD YOUR RESUME

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Join the Auburn Materials Society and/or other professional student organizations related to your interests
  • Get to know alumni and professionals in your area of career interest
  • Gain experience through internships, co-op, volunteer opportunities, and/or part-time jobs
  • Gain research experience by working on faculty projects or as a student employee