Ceramic Engineer

Occupation Information table
Overview: Ceramic engineers design machinery, develop processing techniques and conduct research concerned with the manufacture of products made from clay and silica materials. Currently, they are specializing in products used in computer component manufacturing, aerospace, weapons, & nuclear energy.
Duties: They determine what products are best candidates for use of ceramic components. Such products could include those requiring resistance to high temperatures and conductance of electricity.

Study specifications for products that could use ceramic materials or components. Conduct experiments with models of the products.

Confer with manufacturing engineers to consult in the design of ceramic components which meet product specifications. Consult in the design of manufacturing processes and equipment needed.

They perform follow-up studies of long range success and failure of products using ceramic materials. Make changes in product design specifications to correct problems.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is expected have little or no change from 2018 to 2028. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.
Salary Range (National Average): $46,000 to $52,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: An engineering bachelor's degree with a concentration in ceramics, materials science and chemistry is required for entry positions. Some employers require a master's degree. All 50 states require registration for engineering positions that may affect life, health or property of the public. Registration generally requires a bachelor's degree, four years of working experience and passing a state examination.
Advancement Info: At large companies, new graduates usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. As ceramics engineers gain experience, they are given more difficult projects. They may move to project engineer positions. As a project engineer, they usually supervise others. Engineers who want to move into management quickly may advance by getting a master's degree.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.