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DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER: From Biosystems Engineering To Manufacturing

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Mel, a Development Engineer at a global manufacturing company, describes her job designing and assembling products for customers using their designs and materials. She advises: in high school, talk to adults and mentors about your career options, and take advantage of their expertise.

Degree: Biological Systems Engineering
Job Title: Development Engineer

Job Summary: Materials Engineers

Job Description

Materials engineers develop, process, and test materials used to create a range of products, from computer chips and aircraft wings to golf clubs and snow skis. They also help select materials and develop new ways to use materials.

On-the-Job Training

None

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the ASM International.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$50,000 - $130,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork, Mathematical skills

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m='13500'>a</span> <span m='13560'>prototype</span> <span m='14010'>for</span> <span m='14130'>them.</span> <span m='15270'>And</span> <span m='15370'>depending</span> <span m='15810'>on</span> <span m='16670'>materials,</span> <span m='17910'>I</span> <span m='18350'>put it</span> <span m='18550'>together.</span> <span m='20000'>And</span> <span m='21810'>sometimes</span> <span m='22390'>I</span> <span m='22670'>work</span> <span m='22920'>with</span> <span m='23030'>my</span> <span m='23140'>other</span> <span m='23300'>teammates</span> <span m='23860'>and</span> <span m='23930'>we</span> <span m='24020'>work</span> <span m='24180'>on</span> <span m='24280'>projects</span> <span m='24630'>together.</span> </p><p><span m='25780'>A</span> <span m='25870'>prototype</span> <span m='26730'>can</span> <span m='27500'>range</span> <span m='28000'>from</span> <span m='28190'>something</span> <span m='28500'>that</span> <span m='28640'>is</span> <span m='28780'>printed,</span> <span m='29620'>to</span> <span m='29730'>something</span> <span m='30600'>that</span> <span m='33270'>can</span> <span m='33390'>be</span> <span m='33710'>as</span> <span m='33880'>complex</span> <span m='34640'>as</span> <span m='35660'>something</span> <span m='36090'>with</span> <span m='36360'>different</span> <span m='36650'>layers</span> <span m='37150'>of</span> <span m='37210'>adhesive.</span> <span m='40880'>It's</span> <span m='42340'>basically</span> <span m='43470'>something</span> <span m='43990'>made</span> <span m='44230'>to a</span> <span m='44450'>customer's</span> <span m='44920'>specification</span> <span m='46370'>using</span> <span m='46640'>their</span> <span m='46780'>materials,</span> <span m='47870'>their</span> <span m='48030'>designs.</span> <span m='49240'>And</span> <span m='49670'>sometimes</span> <span m='50130'>we</span> <span m='50500'>give</span> <span m='50610'>them</span> <span m='50760'>options</span> <span m='51450'>at</span> <span m='51600'>my</span> <span m='51700'>company.</span> </p><p><span m='53120'>In</span> <span m='53290'>Davis</span> <span m='53680'>I</span> <span m='53760'>studied</span> <span m='54370'>biosystems</span> <span m='55060'>engineering.</span> <span m='56120'>And</span> <span m='56590'>coming</span> <span m='56880'>out</span> <span m='57060'>of that</span> <span m='59770'>my</span> <span m='59890'>first</span> <span m='60140'>job</span> <span m='60550'>was</span> <span m='61180'>at</span> <span m='61430'>a</span> <span m='62480'>biotech</span> <span m='63040'>company,</span> <span m='65440'>mostly</span> <span m='65870'>in</span> <span m='66040'>manufacturing.</span> <span m='67150'>Because</span> <span m='67430'>of</span> <span m='67530'>my</span> <span m='67770'>background</span> <span m='68470'>in</span> <span m='68840'>manufacturing</span> <span m='69205'>and</span> <span m='69570'>working</span> <span m='69820'>with</span> <span m='69930'>different</span> <span m='70210'>types</span> <span 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