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Student Materials Engineer

Job Description

The project scope is flexible depending on the individual and specific team assignment, but will include some or all of the following :

  • Failure analysis of components from aggravated testing.
  • Investigations using conventional optical microscopes and high power SEMs.
  • Chemical analysis by energy dispersive x-rays (EDX) and x-ray fluorescence (XRF).
  • Technical assistance of the Materials team.
  • Sample preparation; including cutting, polishing, mounting.
  • Material and component testing.
  • Communicating testing and analysis findings using engineering reports and presentations.
  • Participation and evaluation of material and process improvements.


Essential Skills

  • An Undergraduate of Materials Engineering/Science, Metallurgy, Engineering or equivalent.
  • Some understanding of metallic and non-metallic materials, properties, characterisation, and processing.
  • Ability to multitask and apply the skills and knowledge learnt on course to date.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Will need to be able to communicate via reports, emails and presentations.

Desirable Skills

A flexible and willing attitude is essential because students will regularly find themselves encountering new situations, whilst often needing to undertake routine work.

Hours of work, 37per week

8am – 4:30pm Mon to Thurs, ½ hour lunch break. 8am – 1pm Friday, no lunch break.


In addition to statutory holidays, students receive 25 days paid holiday in a full 12 month calendar period, pro-rata for shorter periods.

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