4. Natural and man-made materials
Many of us take many materials around us for granted. Everyday we use things without knowing very much about them. Do you know your silk from you cotton, or your nylon from your raylon? Well, read on and see if a career in this area could interest you.
|Example work areas||Knowledge/skills required||Why?|
|Mineral prospector||remote sensing (airborne / satellite), field work, laboratory investigation||prospecting technologies (magnetic, gravitational et al), geology, mineralogy, chemical analysis||To reliably identify potential mineral resources|
|Chemical engineer||oil and metal refining, chemical processing||chemical properties, controlling reactions, energy flow, materials handling, separation techniques||To decide required conditions for chemical reactions|
|Firework designer/manufacturer||pyrotechnic devices for bespoke displays, mass-market fireworks for public sale||fuel-oxidiser systems, flame colours, controlling reaction rates, safe handling, ignition systems||To design reliable devices giving desired effects and burn time|
|Leather manufacturer||shoes, handbags, clothing, saddlery||physical, chemical and biological properties of various skins / hides, preservation processes, dyeing||To transform skins into types of leather for various uses|
|Architect||domestic and commercial buildings, civil engineering projects such as bridges, stadia and concert halls||materials science, forces, heat and sound insulation||To ensure that designs are functional and feasible, as well as aesthetically pleasing|
|Sculptor/stonemason||works of art, statues, memorials, restoration||materials science, cutting and shaping methods, effects of weathering||To create the desired shape and texture from a raw block|
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