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Materials Engineers

Evaluate materials and develop machinery and processes to manufacture materials for use in products that must meet specialized design and performance specifications. Develop new uses for known materials. Includes those engineers working with composite materials or specializing in one type of material, such as graphite, metal and metal alloys, ceramics and glass, plastics and polymers, and naturally occurring materials. Includes metallurgists and metallurgical engineers, ceramic engineers, and welding engineers.

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    Work Activities

    • Analyze product failure data and laboratory test results to determine causes of problems and develop solutions.
    • Design and direct the testing or control of processing procedures.
    • Monitor material performance and evaluate material deterioration.
    • Conduct or supervise tests on raw materials or finished products to ensure their quality.
    • Evaluate technical specifications and economic factors relating to process or product design objectives.
    • Modify properties of metal alloys, using thermal and mechanical treatments.
    • Guide technical staff in developing materials for specific uses in projected products or devices.
    • Determine appropriate methods for fabricating and joining materials.
    • Review new product plans and make recommendations for material selection, based on design objectives, such as strength, weight, heat resistance, electrical conductivity, and cost.
    • Supervise the work of technologists, technicians, and other engineers and scientists.
    • Plan and implement laboratory operations to develop material and fabrication procedures that meet cost, product specification, and performance standards.
    • Plan and evaluate new projects, consulting with other engineers and corporate executives as necessary.
    • Supervise production and testing processes in industrial settings, such as metal refining facilities, smelting or foundry operations, or nonmetallic materials production operations.
    • Solve problems in a number of engineering fields, such as mechanical, chemical, electrical, civil, nuclear, and aerospace.
    • Conduct training sessions on new material products, applications, or manufacturing methods for customers and their employees.
    • Perform managerial functions, such as preparing proposals and budgets, analyzing labor costs, and writing reports.
    • Teach in colleges and universities.
    • Present technical information at conferences.
    • Replicate the characteristics of materials and their components with computers.
    • Design processing plants and equipment.
    • Write for technical magazines, journals, and trade association publications.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    7
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Category Flexibility

      The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

    • Physics

      Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 86420/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 41.55/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,030
    • Yearly Projected Openings 130

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Attention to Detail
    • Innovation
    • Persistence
    • Achievement/Effort

    Tools

    • Laboratory separators
    • Impact testers
    • High vacuum combustion apparatus
    • Concrete or cement testing instruments
    • Calorimeters

    Technology

    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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