M IS FOR MATERIALS TECHNICIAN
MATERIALS technicians work in engineering, science, construction and manufacturing, investigating the behaviour of materials under different test conditions.
Companies use the results of these tests to improve the performance of existing products, to eliminate faults with materials already in use and to help with the development of new technologies.
In this kind of job, you would work with synthetic and naturally occurring materials, ranging from metals to polymers and composites. An example might be the use of biomaterials and nanotechnology to make tiny computer chips that fit inside medical implants.
You would use a variety of methods to examine materials, including non-destructive testing (NDT), and some of your main duties might involve:
Testing a material's strength and flexibility under stress.
Testing materials' characteristics like chemical composition or electromagnetic properties, and their behaviour on a molecular level.
Assessing the cost, reliability, safety and environmental impact of materials.
Researching new ways to use materials for the development of products.
Writing reports for project engineers and managers, analysing test results and making recommendations.
As a materials technician, you would work closely with engineers and scientists from other areas. …