The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
|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 of ceramic engineers will grow as fast as average through 2018. Growth will be in development and application of new materials and in professional, scientific, and technical services industries.|
|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.|
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.