The career is based on a technical-scientific training to understand the behavior of the material in service and design materials that meet the needs of society. 

Train competent Materials Engineers, with solid knowledge in basic and applied sciences, focused on the wide spectrum of materials, and also contextualized within the framework of the needs of the state, the productive sector and society, in order to generate solutions to problems related to the development and manufacture of products through entrepreneurship, research and innovation in materials. 

International Accreditation
The Materials Engineering program at ESPOL received the EUR-ACE international accreditation from the European Network for the Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE) in October 2023.

* Undergraduate tuition/fees:
The Constitution of the Republic of Ecuador in its Article 356, among other principles, establishes that third-level public higher education will be tuition/fees free.  Zero cost education is linked to the academic responsibility of the students.

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If you like Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, you will be able to apply these principles in the design, development and processing of materials. 

We have experimental and simulation laboratories equipped with top-level technology.

  • Research and curiosity to explore new fields of knowledge are essential to be a skilled materials engineer.
  • Working in multidisciplinary teams is an important aspect in this career.
  • You can become a leader who creates and innovates. 

Educational Objectives 

Within three to five years after graduation, it is expected that Materials Engineers from ESPOL will be able to:

Apply and update knowledge on the characterization and processing of different materials, to optimize their structure, properties and/or performance in different applications, considering economic, social, ethical and environmental aspects.
Conduct laboratory experimentation and implement statistical and computational methods in engineering and scientific research practice, to develop solutions to industry problems with a sustainable approach.
Collaborate and/or lead multidisciplinary and inclusive teams so that, through the transfer of knowledge and presentation of sharing ideas, it is possible to turn engineering solutions into products, services or businesses. 

Learning Outcomes 

Axes of the Materials career:

  • Structure and properties of materials.
  • Material processing.
  • Material performance.

The learning outcomes of the Materials career are: 

1. Ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying the principles of Materials Engineering, science and mathematics. 
2. Ability to apply Materials Engineering design to produce solutions that meet specific needs, considering public health, safety and well-being, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors. 
3rd Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish with diverse audiences (oral and written form). 
3.b. Ability to communicate effectively in English with diverse audiences. 
4. Ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, considering the impact of Materials Engineering solutions in the global, economic, environmental and social context. 
5. Ability to function effectively in a team, whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, set goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives. 
6. Ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use Materials Engineering criteria to draw conclusions. 
7. Ability to acquire and apply new Materials Engineering knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies. 
8. Design real Materials Engineering solutions that propose unique value in response to specific needs considered from the point of view of those involved 

After 4 years of the program, you will be able to:

Contribute to the manufacturing and processing of existing materials or the development of metallic, plastic, ceramic, construction materials, nanomaterials, etc. more sustainable and with better properties
Characterize, test and select materials for use in engineering applications.
Design sustainable materials, analyzing their life cycle from conception to final disposal and/or recycling, contributing to circular economy.
Control the quality of welding processes and analyze the performance of materials in service
Evaluate the reasons that may have caused the failure of an object, from the perspective of material properties, and prevent future damage.

Occupational Profile

The materials engineer is trained to:

  • Control material production processes.
  • Improve the processing of materials and products.
  • Select materials for various uses.
  • Start new projects and businesses in materials.
  • Diagnose the causes of failure of a product in use and generate preventive and corrective solutions.
  • Create new products with outstanding or improved properties.
  • Recycle waste materials and products.
  • Carry out research and development activities. 

To obtain the title of Materials Engineer, you must fulfill the following requirements:

Have approved all the subjects of the curriculum.
Have completed 240 hours of pre-professional practices and/or internships.
Have completed 96 hours of links with society.
Have successfully completed the capstione project.
Have no outstanding debts with ESPOL.

The Capstone Project is a culminating requirement for graduation. These projects provide students with the experience of applying acquired knowledge and skills to the needs of society, with a focus on sustainability.
The IDEAR Fair showcases all Capstone projects, offering students a valuable opportunity to showcase their work and hone soft skills such as communication and teamwork. It is also a space for students to network with potential clients and future employers.
Explore all of the Capstone projects completed by the Materials program.