Getting a Job in Simulation/Modelling with a MSc in Material Science

In summary, the speaker is seeking advice on how their Masters in Material Science and Engineering can help them in pursuing a career in the simulation or modelling industry. They have experience with Ansys and Catia from their undergraduate studies and are open to using other systems such as ABAQUS and COMSOL. They also mention doing an internship in a simulation department and suggest that having working knowledge of different CAD and simulation packages can boost job opportunities. The speaker also mentions that their Masters degree is related to chemical engineering and suggests searching for job opportunities in both mechanical and chemical engineering fields.
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Hey guys,

I am looking for any insights for getting a job in the simulation or modelling industry with a Masters in Material Science and Engineering. I have worked with composites during my masters and found out I don't have much interest in doing lab testing. I don't have any plans of doing a Phd either.

I have worked with simulations using Ansys and Catia during my undergrad as a mechanical student and feel I can try for a career with it. Any ideas how my current masters degree would help?

Thank you for your time.
 
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Plenty of engineers use Ansys. I am not sure there are many who only do Ansys.
 
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Arceus74 said:
I have worked with simulations using Ansys and Catia during my undergrad as a mechanical student and feel I can try for a career with it. Any ideas how my current masters degree would help?
How well your current MS degree helps your career depends on the topic/scope of the degree. One's experience should also be a factor.

Besides ANSYS and Catia, there are other systems, ABAQUS, COMSOL, and others. Of course, the analyses are only as good as the inputs and models. The model are only goods at the experimental data in which material properties, e.g., elastic modulus, Poisson's ratio, yield and tensile strength, etc., are measured.

Computational chemistry and computational physics (including mechanical analyses) are used extensively in many industries.
 
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I did an internship in a large German automotive supplier. It was a simulation department. Their main job was to create and modify CAD models of industrial drives, and use ANSYS to simulate all kinds of quantities. At my time there, we mostly did calculations of eigenfrequencies and oscillation modes. They also used Matlab quite a bit.

If you check large engineering companies, there should be plenty of job opportunities focused on simulation. The more working knowledge you bring to the table, the better. If you feel you need to boost your chances, I would try to get a free student version of one of these CAD or simulation packages and try to build something on my own.
 
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So, do you have an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering?
Materials science and engineering is related to chemical engineering.
I would search in areas related to mechanical and chemical engineering.
 

Related to Getting a Job in Simulation/Modelling with a MSc in Material Science

1. What job opportunities are available for someone with a MSc in Material Science specializing in Simulation/Modelling?

There are a variety of job opportunities available for individuals with a MSc in Material Science specializing in Simulation/Modelling. Some common roles include materials engineer, process engineer, research scientist, and simulation/modeling specialist. These roles can be found in industries such as aerospace, automotive, energy, and materials manufacturing.

2. What skills and knowledge are necessary for a job in Simulation/Modelling with a MSc in Material Science?

In addition to a strong understanding of material science principles, individuals with a MSc in Material Science specializing in Simulation/Modelling should have advanced skills in computer-aided design (CAD) and simulation software. Knowledge of programming languages, such as Python or MATLAB, may also be beneficial in this field.

3. How can I gain experience in Simulation/Modelling with a MSc in Material Science?

There are several ways to gain experience in Simulation/Modelling with a MSc in Material Science. You can participate in research projects during your graduate studies, complete internships or co-op programs, or work on personal projects using simulation software. Additionally, many universities offer courses or workshops specifically focused on simulation and modeling techniques.

4. What industries typically hire individuals with a MSc in Material Science specializing in Simulation/Modelling?

Industries that often hire individuals with a MSc in Material Science specializing in Simulation/Modelling include aerospace, automotive, energy, materials manufacturing, and research and development. However, there may be opportunities in other industries as well, depending on the specific skills and interests of the individual.

5. Are there any professional organizations or certifications that can help advance a career in Simulation/Modelling with a MSc in Material Science?

Yes, there are several professional organizations and certifications that can help advance a career in Simulation/Modelling with a MSc in Material Science. Some examples include the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Additionally, obtaining certifications in specific simulation software programs can also demonstrate expertise and enhance job opportunities.

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