Materials Process Engineering is an exciting and important multidisciplinary field that focuses on the manufacturing of high-quality, cost-effective parts and systems. The founders of WPI made their fortunes in the materials processing industries of wire drawing and tin-smithing. Since classes began in 1868, WPI has uniquely prepared students for careers in materials processing as evident in the many WPI faculty and alumni who have founded such successful companies as Norton Company, Wyman-Gordon, and PresMet.

Our Materials Process Engineering program continues the tradition to this day. Clearly, the future will not only depend on new materials and manufacturing processes like nanomaterials and biopolymers, but also the innovative use of traditional materials and processes like aluminum casting, heat-treated steel, and powder processing of ceramics. Our commitment to the future shines through both in our multidisciplinary focus and in our responsiveness to the needs of industry, the consumer, and the global community.

Average Starting Salary

WPI Graduates:

  • Bachelor's: N/A
  • Master's: $77,000
  • PhD: N/A

Average National Starting Salary (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015): $69,530

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Companies that have Hired WPI Materials Process Engineering Graduates

  • Clean Energy International

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Sample Job Titles

  • Materials Engineer

Sample Professional Associations and Clubs

Popular Industries for Materials Process Engineering

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Energy
  • Research

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