Ceramic Engineering

Ceramic Engineering is the science and technology of creating objects from inorganic and non-metallic materials. This is done either by the action of heat, or at lower temperatures using precipitation reactions from high-purity chemical solutions. The term includes the purification of raw materials, the study and production of the chemical compounds concerned, their formation into components and the study of their structure, composition and properties. Ceramic sciences combines chemistry, physics and engineering principles. Fiber-optic devices, microprocessors and solar panels are some examples of ceramic sciences applied to everyday life. The special character of ceramic materials gives rise to many applications in materials engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. As ceramics are heat resistant, they can be used for many tasks for which materials like metal and polymers are unsuitable. Ceramic materials are used in a wide range of industries, including mining, aerospace, medicine, refinery, food and chemical industries, packaging science, electronics, industrial and transmission electricity, and guided lightwave transmission.

Ceramic Engineering

Although many people relate ceramics to pottery, ceramic sciences, commonly known as ceramic engineering, is a complex discipline with multiple high-tech applications. Inorganic, non-metallic ceramic materials are processed at extremely high temperatures and transformed into a wide variety of products. Ceramics contribute to everyday life in a number of ways as components of items that include glass light bulbs, jet engines, computers, cars and household appliances.

Education Information

To gain an entry-level job in ceramic engineering, a bachelor’s degree in materials science or ceramic engineering is the minimum requirement.  An undergraduate ceramic engineering program consists of courses in advanced mathematics, physical sciences, engineering and material sciences. Topics covered often include computer-aided design (CAD), microscopy, engineering principles, glass science, thermodynamics, ceramic processing and spectroscopy (the analysis of how an object’s light disperses).

Ceramic engineering graduate programs are research intensive and typically provide students with access to sophisticated laboratories and instruments for synthesizing and characterizing ceramic materials and glasses. Research and scholarship performed at the graduate-school level can lead to specialization in a particular industry or an academic career.

Though online bachelor’s programs in materials engineering and related degrees are rare, some graduate degree programs are available through distance education, as well as a variety of engineering courses.

 Career Options

Graduates from bachelor’s degree programs may find entry-level jobs as ceramic engineers, materials science specialists or materials scientists, among other possible job titles. These jobs span several industries that rely on ceramic materials, including aerospace, construction, electronics, medicine and transportation. Some jobs in ceramic engineering require applicants to earn a master’s or doctoral degree, particularly those in research and development and academia. Positions could also be sought in business and management.

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