A ceramics engineer is a professional who works with ceramics to produce new and enhanced types of materials that are stronger more durable and more practical for modern-day use. Some examples of materials that ceramics engineers develop are brick porcelain and glass.
They also work to enhance the materials used in buildings and equipment that must endure extreme heat such as nuclear reactors airplane engines and furnaces. Many ceramics engineers work on the research and development side of this industry while others focus on the design of machinery.
Because ceramics is a science that is based on the combination of plastics and metals ceramics engineers often work together with a team of scientists with other professional specialties and they also often work with physicists. Ceramics engineers can work for several types of employers including governmental research agencies and the chemical iron steel and aerospace industries.
The minimum education required for this profession is an undergraduate degree in the field of engineering. However many positions require a masters degree a doctoral degree or many years of on-the-job training. Continuing education is also required so that ceramics engineers can remain up to date on new technology and developments in the field.
According to Salary.com typical ceramics engineers earn between $52450 and $79 237 per year.