Evaluates materials and develops machinery and processes to manufacture materials for use in products that must meet specialized design and performance specifications. Develops 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.
This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Engineering and Technology pathway.
A person in this career:
- Conducts or supervises tests on raw materials or finished products to ensure their quality.
- Writes for technical magazines, journals, and trade association publications.
- Evaluates technical specifications and economic factors relating to process or product design objectives.
- Plans and implements laboratory operations for the purpose of developing material and fabrication procedures that meet cost, product specification, and performance standards.
- Reviews new product plans and makes recommendations for material selection based on design objectives, such as strength, weight, heat resistance, electrical conductivity, and cost.
- Guides technical staff engaged in developing materials for specific uses in projected products or devices.
- Replicates the characteristics of materials and their components with computers.
- Supervises the work of technologists, technicians, and other engineers and scientists.
- Modifies properties of metal alloys, using thermal and mechanical treatments.
- Conducts training sessions on new material products, applications, or manufacturing methods for customers and their employees.
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