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17-2131.00 - Materials Engineers

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Materials and Processes Manager, Materials Branch Chief, Materials Development Engineer, Materials Engineer, Materials Research Engineer, Metallurgical Engineer, Metallurgist, Process Engineer, Research Engineer, Test Engineer

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Tasks

  • Review new product plans and make recommendations for material selection based on design objectives, such as strength, weight, heat resistance, electrical conductivity, and cost. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise the work of technologists, technicians, and other engineers and scientists. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze product failure data and laboratory test results to determine causes of problems and develop solutions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct or supervise tests on raw materials or finished products to ensure their quality. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan and implement laboratory operations for the purpose of developing material and fabrication procedures that meet cost, product specification, and performance standards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design and direct the testing or control of processing procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor material performance and evaluate material deterioration. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform managerial functions, such as preparing proposals and budgets, analyzing labor costs, and writing reports. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan and evaluate new projects, consulting with other engineers and corporate executives as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Guide technical staff engaged in developing materials for specific uses in projected products or devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate technical specifications and economic factors relating to process or product design objectives. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Modify properties of metal alloys, using thermal and mechanical treatments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine appropriate methods for fabricating and joining materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Solve problems in a number of engineering fields, such as mechanical, chemical, electrical, civil, nuclear, and aerospace. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise production and testing processes in industrial settings, such as metal refining facilities, smelting or foundry operations, or nonmetallic materials production operations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Teach in colleges and universities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Replicate the characteristics of materials and their components with computers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design processing plants and equipment. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Abrasion testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Accelerometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ageing ovens — Accelerated weathering machines; Solar simulators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ammeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Analytical balances — Magnetic susceptibility balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Atomic absorption AA spectrometers — Atomic absorption AA spectrophotometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Benchtop centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Binocular compound microscopes; Optical compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Borescope inspection equipment — Fiberscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bubble columns — Flotation columns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calorimeters — Adiabatic bomb calorimeters; Differential scanning calorimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chromatographic scanners — Gel permeation chromatographs GPC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Colorimeters — Spectrocolorimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compression testers — Compression testing machines; Screw-driven test machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Concrete or cement testing instruments — Concrete test hammers; Freeze-thaw test units; Stabilometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Crucible furnaces — Melt spinners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Depth gauges — Pit depth gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diffractometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drying cabinets or ovens — Drying ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electromagnetic field meters — Gauss meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electron microscopes — Electron microprobe analyzers EMPA See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic toploading balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Extensometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fatigue testers — Servohydraulic test machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Filtering machinery — Filter presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flow transmitters — Oscillating water tunnels; Wind tunnels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flowmeters — Laser Doppler velocimeters LDV See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fume hoods or cupboards — Fume hoods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas chromatographs — Gas chromatographs GC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Graphic recorders — Current versus voltage IV curve tracers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinders — Lapping wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinding or polishing machines — Attritors; Polishing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gyratory crushers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hardness testers — Durometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heated walk in environmental or growth chambers — Heated walk-in environmental chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography — High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • High vacuum combustion apparatus — Microwave sintering furnaces; Plasma-arc furnaces; Rotating furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Homogenizers — Ultrasonic dismembrators; Ultrasonicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Horizontal turning center — Computerized numerical control CNC lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Immersion circulators — Ultrasonic baths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact testers — Charpy impact testers; Drop weight impact towers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impedance meters — Acoustic impediography equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Induction dryers — Solvent dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared dryers — Ultraviolet UV exposure units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared imagers — Infrared cameras; Infrared monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared spectrometers — Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectroscopes; Optical emission spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Injection molding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ion exchange apparatus — Deionizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Isolation glove boxes — Laboratory glove boxes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jaw crushers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory balances — Specific gravity balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers — Hot blenders; Laboratory blenders; Slurry blenders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory box furnaces — Inert atmosphere box furnaces; Muffle furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory burets — Water burets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory crushers or pulverizers — Laboratory pulverizers; Laboratory sample splitters; Sample presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory evaporators — Vacuum evaporators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory microwave ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory mills — Ball mills; Jar mills; Rod mills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory mixers — Counter-current mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory separators — Electrostatic separators; High tension separators; Isodynamic separators; Magnetic separators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory vacuum pumps — Molecular pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laminators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lasers — Solid state laser systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Leak testing equipment — Gas detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Linear position sensors — Linear variable differential transformers LVDT See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Load frame — Load frames See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mass spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal band sawing machine — Band saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal testing instruments — Adhesion testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Optical diffraction apparatus — Particle size analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Optical vacuum coating equipment — Vacuum coating systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orbital shakers — Mechanical sieve shakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orbital shaking water baths — Temperature regulated shaking water baths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oscilloscopes — Digitizing oscilloscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Permeability testing apparatus — Permeability measuring devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters — pH testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photo attachments for microscopes — Microscope photo attachments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photometers — Flame photometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plaster or mortar mixers — Cement mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Sanding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Polarizing microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Porosimeters — Porosity indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Dataloggers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Positioning jig — Holding jigs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Masonry cutters; Water-cooled saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Programmable tube furnaces — Graphite element furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pycnometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reflectometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Roll crushers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning electron microscopes — Scanning electron microscopes SEM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning probe microscopes — Atomic force microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Semiconductor process systems — Etching equipment; Micromanipulators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sonometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters — X ray fluorescence XRF analyzers; X ray fluorescence XRF spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrometers — Energy dispersive x-ray spectrometers EDS See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Microwave autoclaves; Steam autoclaves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stereo or dissecting light microscopes — Stereo microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Strain gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tensiometers — Tension gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tension testers — High temperature material testing systems; High-vacuum tensile testing chambers; Tensile testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Test sieves — Laboratory test sieves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermal differential analyzers — Differential thermal analyzers; Thermal analysis systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermo gravimetry analyzers — Thermogravimetric analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Film thickness measurement systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Traveling column milling machine — Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tube furnaces — Microwave tube furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turbidimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Twin screw extruder — Balling drums; Twin screw extruders; Twin-screw extruders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic examination equipment — Ultrasound inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum ovens — Vacuum furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibration testers — Vibration analysis equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibratory plates — Kneading compactors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Viscosimeters — Viscosity meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water conditioners — Liquid conditioners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wear testers — Friction and wear testers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — ANSYS Multiphysics; Digital image correlation DIC software; Fault detection isolation and recovery FDIR software; Image analysis systems See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Charting software — Microsoft Office Visio See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; PTC Pro/ENGINEER software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — Fused deposition modeling FDM rapid prototyping systems; Stereolithography SLA rapid prototyping systems See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software; MTS Testworks; QMC CM4D See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — Formula translation/translator FORTRAN; Microsoft Visual Basic; National Instruments LabVIEW See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Graphics software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Object or component oriented development software — C++; Microsoft Visual Basic.NET See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Prepare operational reports. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct design or development activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test characteristics of materials or structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolve operational performance problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design industrial processing systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare detailed work plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine operational methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate plans or specifications to determine technological or environmental implications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate technical data to determine effect on designs or plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct quality control activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare proposal documents. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create models of engineering designs or methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct quantitative failure analyses of operational data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare project budgets. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct industrial production activities. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Electronic Mail — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 79% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 54% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 59% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 49% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 46% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 54% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 67% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 33% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 49% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 46% responded “Moderate results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 47% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 54% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 28% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 44% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 36% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 37% responded “Serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 38% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 41% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
51   Bachelor's degree
31   Master's degree
8   Doctoral degree

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Engineering — Ceramic Sciences and Engineering; Materials Engineering; Metallurgical Engineering

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: IRE

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Related Occupations

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $42.16 hourly, $87,690 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 23,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 7,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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