Materials Engineer (2nd cycle degree)
The studies leading to a degree in Materials Engineering are designed to specialise students in materials science and to complete the training they received in the first cycle of studies. The course consists of 150 laboratory and theoretical credits distributed over four semesters with a high percentage of practical work in the laboratory and visits to industrial facilities.
Students can choose from the following specialist pathways:
- Materials for Machinery Design: this specialised area reinforces students' understanding of the design and calculus of machine components, both in manufacturing processes and in diagnosing damage produced while in service.
- Materials for Equipment and Installation Design: this area focuses on designs using materials required by the chemical industry, with special attention on corrosion prevention and joining processes.
- Polymers and Polymer Matrix Composites: specialisation in the design and manufacture of plastic products and their corresponding compound and reinforced materials.
- Materials Synthesis and Special Processes: this area deals with special materials applied to state of the art technologies, such as sensors, instrumentation, biomaterials, with the use of advanced techniques for instrumental analysis of materials.
- Construction Materials: specialisation in the design of characteristic construction materials, which may be structural, functional or decorative.
- Materials for Specific Industrial Sectors: specialisation in designing materials such as ceramics, glass, wood and plastic by-products for toys and so forth, since these are the keystone in many traditional industries in the Valencian Region.
- Materials Recovery and Recycling; Process Re-engineering: specialisation in the design and implementation of processes for recycling industrial waste materials and equipment.
- Fast Design and Prototyping with New Materials: specialisation focusing on the techniques used in fast prototype development, which are so highly demanded in contemporary industrial dynamics where results must follow closely behind design.
A materials engineer must use all the skills and expertise learnt at university in his or her professional practice. These include:
- Knowing the properties of materials in order to select the most suitable for each application and familiarity with the most appropriate manufacturing processes so as to be able to produce materials with the properties that are sought in each case.
- The capacity to design components and assemblies using the materials that best suit their function.
- The capacity to establish manufacturing quality standards.
- The ability to apply the techniques and tests that make it possible to control the quality of manufactured products.
- The capacity to take responsibility for recycling waste materials from processes and products, as well as minimising the risk of harming the environment.
- Research into new materials and their development, together with their application in production processes.