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

 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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