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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.

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

    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

  • Reading Comprehension

    Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

  • 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.

WorkKeys®
Applied Mathematics
7
Reading for Information
6
Locating Information
5
Abilities
  • 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).

  • Oral Comprehension

    The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

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.

  • Mathematics

    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Pay
  • Ohio Annual Salary $88,960/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $42.77/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 1,480
  • Yearly Projected Openings 50
Typical Education
Personality
Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Dependability
  • Achievement/Effort
Tools
  • Twin screw extruder
  • Laboratory separators
  • Laboratory mills
  • Laboratory crushers or pulverizers
  • Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers
Technology
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Development environment software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Analytical or scientific software
Tags
  • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
  • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.