Program #12: Materials Engineering Program

Program Description

The program aims to supply the students with the basic and global concepts of science and technology in order to comprehend the relation between materials’ structure and its properties and applications, which will open the field to develop and manufacture materials with special properties that suits the required application. This will help in developing various industries and setting specifications and criteria for quality assurance. Materials engineering applications incorporates different metals, ceramics, plastics, composite materials, semiconductors and other materials that could be used in electronics, communication, environmental, medicine, biotechnology, nanotechnology and other applications. Now this field attracts global attention which makes it important to be included into the higher educational system in Egypt.

Career Prospects

Materials engineers have versatile opportunities in manufacturing, petrochemical, ore extraction, consulting firms, research entities and educational institutes or other similar organizations. Possible jobs are Material engineer, design engineer, metallurgist, product developer, research assistant, quality engineer, biomedical engineer, patent examiner and technical sales engineer.

Duties of material engineer are: material selection, material design, processing, testing and characterization of materials and data, quality control, training and documentation.

Program Concentrations

Material engineering program covers a wide spectrum of materials. However, elective courses of 15 Credit Hours in addition to the graduation projects are given to the student for selection in one of the following fields:

  1. Metallurgy: extraction of ferrous and nonferrous alloys, forming, casting and welding technologies, material characterization and non-destructive testing.
  2. Polymer: polymer materials and its composites, processing, testing, lubricants, sealants, packaging materials.
  3. Ceramics: building materials, glass, ceramic technologies and Nano technologies, biomedical materials and environmental aspects.

The student should select 5 electives (at least 3 from one concentration).

Agreements with another University

By fulfilling the required 170 CH (including the graduation project) plus the twelve obligatory training weeks, the student earns a Bachelor of Science in Material Engineering. However, the student has the chance to get a double degree from Ain Shams University and Clausthal University of Technology in Germany. This double degree is according to the agreement between both universities, where the student gets a Bachelor of Science in Material Science and Engineering.

Germany is known for its distinguished level of engineering as well as education. In comparison with other European and American universities, the tuition fees of the German Universities are attractive and tolerable. The student is required to pay his living expenses during his stay in Germany.

The student who decides to apply for the double degree will be required to:

  • Pass all the Materials Engineering Program required courses at Ain Shams University according to the study plan except for the 15 Credit Hours Elective Courses and the Graduation Project. This accounts for only 149 Credit Hours.
  • Pass B2 level of the German language according to the common European framework of reference for Languages
  • In Clausthal University, the student will join the university as a normal student and study the five electives (available in Clausthal University and equivalent to those in Ain Shams university) plus the graduation project in order to get his double Bachelor Degree. This normally requires two semesters.

Program Competences

In addition to the competences for all Engineering Programs (A-Level), the Materials Engineering Program graduate must be able to (D-Level):

  • Apply general math, science and engineering skills to the solution of engineering problems related to materials,
  • Analyse the relationship between structure, properties, processing and design of materials and their final impact on the product design and performance,
  • Understand systems applicable to the material engineering discipline by applying the concepts of: Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, heat and mass transfer and engineering chemistry, solid Mechanics, material processing, material Properties, measurements, and mechanical Design
  • Develop, prepare and characterize new materials by applying concepts of homogeneity and polymorphism, phase transformation, crystalline structures and reaction kinetics,
  • Select, Model, analyse, design, treat and test material systems of monolithic composite and hybrid materials in engineering systems such as mechanical, biomedical, electronic, communication and advanced building systems,
  • Adopt suitable national and international standards and codes to: design, build,
  • operate, inspect and maintain industrial equipment and systems.
  • Have the experimental and computational skills for a professional career as team member or leader in multidisciplinary engineering projects using organization tools,
  • Be aware of the value of sustainable learning and environmental/social issues surrounding materials.
  • Demonstrate additional abilities related to the field of the concentration within Materials Engineering as listed below.


Graduate attributes

Metallic field

9a. to understand, analyse, model, design and test some technological processes like casting, welding and forming of metals.

Polymer field

9b. to understand, analyse and test polymer-based materials like rubbers, surfactants, petrochemical products and other polymer composites for energy saving and advanced applications

Ceramic field

9c. to understand, analyse, model, design and test some technological processes of ceramic based materials in binding, glass and ceramic materials in advance technologies of Nano- and biomedical materials.

Required Courses

In order to get a Bachelor of Science Degree in this program, and to satisfy the Program Competences, the following set of courses need to be completed.