Materials engineers design processes and develop technology to create new materials, like super-strong titanium alloys for spacecrafts and artificial bone implants for medical patients. The recycling industry also relies heavily on materials engineers to discover new ways of using recycled materials.
With creativity and ingenuity, you’ll test the boundaries of all types of materials: metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. In our program, we use these materials to make coatings for airplanes, prosthetics for bone replacement, nano-sized sensors, and much more.
The Materials Engineering degree at McGill is a co-op program that includes three paid internship terms in the industry. You can gain hands-on work experience with leading companies before you graduate.
A degree in Materials Engineering opens doors in many fields. You can work in the resource and manufacturing sectors, designing and implementing processes in a factory or plant. You can also work in material research and development, creating new nanomaterials for biomedical, automotive or aerospace industries. Materials engineers are constantly designing new processes, and in turn, building strong skills in project management—many engineers move into management and executive roles.
You could become a professional:
- Materials Engineer
- Metallurgical Engineer
- Material and Process Specialist
- Aerospace Engineer
As the department with the lowest student-to-professor ratio within the Faculty of Engineering, you can truly benefit from the guidance, support and excellence of our instructors. With extensive experience and diverse interests in their field, they will guide you as you learn to develop materials to produce vital technologies like prosthetics, airplanes, nano-sensors and more.
As a Materials Engineering student, you can take courses like:
Through your co-op experience, you will learn firsthand what it’s like to work as a materials engineer. You will also have an opportunity to network and gain practical skills to prepare you for your future career.
Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.
Minors that complement this program:
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For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Engineering.
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