engineers work with inorganic, nonmetallic materials to develop
materials that support products and systems that impact all our lives.
For example, fiber optic materials are critical to the
telecommunications industry, and cell phones would not be possible
without the development of electronic ceramics.
They develop materials
that solve problems -- for example ceramics that are stable at extremely
high temperatures, and materials that are compatible with the human body
to replace or augment damaged or diseased tissues.
Those interested in a
career in ceramic engineering should consider reviewing engineering programs that are
ABET, Inc. If you choose to attend a program that is not ABET accredited, you should be sure that the university
is regionally accredited. Ceramics engineering students take courses such as
Atomic Structure of Crystals, Introduction to Glass, Thermal Processes
in Ceramics, Mechanics of Materials, and Ceramic Processing. Be sure to check with ABET for updates and changes.
ceramic engineering jobs enhance their employment opportunities
by participating in internship or co-op programs offered through
their schools. These experiences provide the students with broad
knowledge and experience, making them more attractive candidates
to employers. Many universities offer co-op and internship
programs for students studying ceramic engineering.
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According to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the Federal Government, the mean annual
salaries for ceramic engineers was $126,788 in March 2009.
Institute of Ceramic Engineers
Division of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory at the
National Institute of Standards and Technology