Determination of the mechanical properties of MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) materials is necessary for accurate device design and reliability prediction. This is most unambiguously performed using MEMS-fabricated test specimens and MEMS loading devices. We describe here a wafer-level technique for measuring the bend strength, fracture toughness, and tensile strength of MEMS materials. The bend strengths of surface-micromachined polysilicon, amorphous silicon, and polycrystalline 3C SiC are 5.1±1.0, 10.1±2.0, and 9.0±1.0 GPa, respectively. The fracture toughness of undoped and P-doped polysilicon is 1.2±0.2 MPa√m, and the tensile strength of polycrystalline 3C SiC is 3.2±1.2 GPa. These results include the first report of the mechanical strength of micromachined polycrystalline 3C SiC.