Career outlook for materials technician
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would run tests on materials to see how they can be used to improve products people use every day. Your work would mean a higher standard of goods good be produced more quickly, and people could buy them in the shops more cheaply.
The materials you work on could be used to make anything from computers and mobile phones to cars, clothes and furniture.
A wide range of different types of companies would use your test results to:
- Make their products better
- Remove faults from materials
- Develop new processes
When studying a material, you would:
- Test its strength and flexibility
- Study its chemical makeup
- Find out about any special features it has
- Research cost, safety and environmental impact
- Think about new ways to use the material
- Write a report on your findings
You would work closely with engineers and scientists from other fields. It would be important to understand engineering drawings and principles.
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- Verbal communication
- Working with technology
- Written communication
- Problem solving
- Working with numbers
- Implementing ideas
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