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DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER, IN-DEPTH: I Make Cool Stuff & Get My Hands Dirty

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Mel, a Development Engineer for a global manufacturing company, describes what she likes most about her job, its challenges, her "aha!" moment, and how hard it is to get a job in her field. Mel's first job out of college, in manufacturing assembly, involved a lot of repetition; she learned that variety is important to her job satisfaction.

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
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Mathematical skills, Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Analytical skills, Detail oriented

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m='30630'>sometimes</span> <span m='30940'>frustrating</span> <span m='31520'>when</span> <span m='33570'>you're</span> <span m='33670'>trying</span> <span m='33870'>to</span> <span m='33960'>find</span> <span m='34170'>a</span> <span m='34210'>solution,</span> <span m='35470'>but</span> <span m='35970'>those</span> <span m='36530'>are</span> <span m='36610'>the</span> <span m='36730'>toughest</span> <span m='37040'>challenges.</span> </p><p><span m='37680'>One</span> <span m='38000'>of</span> <span m='38070'>the</span> <span m='38180'>a-ha</span> <span m='38540'>moments</span> <span m='38990'>I</span> <span m='39070'>had</span> <span m='39540'>was</span> <span m='39900'>at</span> <span m='39980'>my</span> <span m='40080'>very</span> <span m='40350'>first</span> <span m='40670'>job.</span> <span m='41190'>It</span> <span m='41310'>was</span> <span m='41710'>in</span> <span m='42170'>manufacturing,</span> <span m='43790'>assembly</span> <span m='44320'>engineering,</span> <span 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m='67470'>was</span> <span m='67630'>an a-ha</span> <span m='67830'>moment</span> <span m='68240'>for</span> <span m='68380'>me,</span> <span m='68940'>just</span> <span m='69480'>realizing</span> <span m='69970'>that</span> <span m='70190'>I</span> <span m='70250'>wanted</span> <span m='70580'>some</span> <span m='70720'>variety</span> <span m='71460'>in</span> <span m='71610'>the</span> <span m='71690'>projects</span> <span m='72030'>that</span> <span m='72120'>I</span> <span m='72160'>work</span> <span m='72330'>on.</span> </p><p><span m='73360'>I</span> <span m='73470'>don't</span> <span m='73630'>think</span> <span m='73780'>it</span> <span m='73880'>would</span> <span m='74050'>be</span> <span m='74330'>too</span> <span m='74520'>difficult</span> <span m='74970'>for</span> <span m='75070'>someone</span> <span m='75420'>to</span> <span m='78490'>find</span> <span m='78710'>a</span> <span m='78750'>job</span> <span m='78980'>in</span> <span m='79050'>my</span> <span 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