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The best thing about this industry is you can get a job in the local hotel or restaurant, part time, and see if you like it.

Sit down with the manager and have a list of questions prepared. Don't make too many plans, just go with the flow, be nice/positive to everybody and things will go alright


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Ceramics Technologist

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Ceramics Technologist
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€25 -  
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Graduates: Starting 25k
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Last Updated: March, 2014

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Ceramics technologists carry out work concerned with the science and technology of ceramic materials.

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Ceramics technologists work in the research, development, production and quality control of ceramics and ceramic products. They have a specialist scientific knowledge of inorganic, non-metallic materials. Ceramic materials are used in the manufacture of a wide range of products such as:

  • pottery (tableware, washbasins and electrical insulation)
  • building materials (bricks, tiles and drains)
  • heat resistant materials for furnaces
  • electrical and electronic components

Ceramic technologists research, analyse and test raw materials and ceramic products, to determine their structure, and chemical and physical properties. Structures are examined using microscopes and X-ray images.  
The technologist selects and uses appropriate tests, to determine the ability of each ceramic product to withstand conditions such as high temperatures, mechanical stress and environmental erosion. Ceramics technologists also devise new, more accurate methods of testing.  
In development work, technologists design new ceramic materials to meet certain requirements. Ceramics can be used to make electronic components, superconductors and human joint replacements (as well as the more traditional pottery and building materials). Ceramics technologists work to extend the range of uses further and, where necessary, develop new manufacturing processes and shaping tools.  
In production and quality control, ceramics technologists are in direct contact with the manufacturing process. These technologists need to be knowledgeable about every stage of production. Stages include:

  • the preparation of raw materials
  • the selection of suitable heat treatment
  • grinding or machining
  • polishing

They deal with problems that arise at any stage of the process and advice on ways of using new ceramics. They may also develop traditional methods to obtain certain results. Quality control work involves testing raw materials and finished products to make sure that they meet the required standards.


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You should enjoy solving problems and making decisions. In some cases you may have to manage people, so you need to have good communication and management skills.

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Organisation: Design & Craft Council of Ireland
  Address: Castle Yard, Kilkenny
  Tel: (056) 77 61804
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