Ceramics Engineers

Ceramics engineers work with nonmetallic elements such as clay and inorganic elements such as zirconia. They are part of the ceramics and glass industry, which manufactures such common items as tableware and such highly technical items as ceramic tiles for the space shuttle. These engineers perform research, design machinery and processing methods, and develop new ceramic materials and products. They work at engineering consulting firms, manufacturing plants, and commercial support facilities. There are approximately 22,740 materials engineers in the United States; ceramics engineers belong to this group.

Quick Facts
Duties Develop new ceramic materials and products by performing research and designing machinery and processing methods; also help manufacture and sell ceramic materials and products
Alternate Title(s) Material Engineers
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience A solid background in math and science, plus an internship, are helpful
  • Business Management
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Enterprising
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Director of Engineering or College Professor
  • Experienced Materials Engineer
  • Junior Materials Engineer