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Ceramic Engineering
Ceramic 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.

Preparation
Those interested in a career in ceramic engineering should consider reviewing engineering programs that are accredited by 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. The following is a list of all universities
offering accredited degree programs in ceramic engineering. Be sure to check with ABET for updates and changes.

Co-ops
Students seeking 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. Click here for more information.

Salary
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the Federal Government, the mean annual salaries for ceramic engineers was $126,788 in March 2009.

Professional Organizations

American Ceramic Society
National Institute of Ceramic Engineers

Other Links

About Ceramics
Ceramics Division of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

 

 


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