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Light Metals Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Researches and develops light weight metals such as aluminum and composites that are used in production and manufacturing. Researches products and develops light metal engineering processes.

Job Outlook

There were 0 Light Metals Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 75 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Materials Engineer industry, which includes the Light Metals Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Light Metals Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $85,678.

State

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Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Light Metals Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $79,860.

Education and Experience

Posted Light Metals Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree53%
Master's Degree34%
Doctoral Degree13%
Other0%

Posted Light Metals Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years16%
3 to 5 years49%
6 to 8 years6%
9+ years29%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Light Metals Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (44%)
  • Research (44%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (29%)
  • Writing (24%)
  • Planning (23%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Materials Science (69%)
  • Materials Engineering (51%)
  • Metallurgy (44%)
  • Chemistry (35%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (28%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Project Management (19%)
  • Experiments (17%)
  • Chemical Engineering (15%)
  • Machining (13%)
  • Six Sigma (13%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Extrusion (7%)
  • Failure Analysis (7%)
  • Lean Six Sigma (7%)
  • Six Sigma Black Belt (7%)
  • Six Sigma Green Belt (7%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Design for Manufacture/Design for Assembly (DFM/DFA) (1%) – marginal value $4,578
  • Thermodynamics (4%) – marginal value $4,031
  • Fluid Mechanics (4%) – marginal value $4,024
  • Process Engineering (4%) – marginal value $2,929
  • Advanced Technologies (1%) – marginal value $1,646

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Light Metals Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Product Metallurgical Engineer
  • Process Modeling Engineer - Metallurgical Analysis
  • Composite Materials Engineering Sme
  • Lead Scientist For Manufacturing Of Composite Materials For Harsh Environments
  • Materials Engineer, Metal Cell Materials

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Light Metals Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (9)
  • The Boeing Company (7)
  • Raytheon (7)
  • Modern Technology Solutions (5)
  • Arconic Inc (4)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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