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Damien Mason

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Damien Mason

If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.

Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.

As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.

You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.

You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.

Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.

With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.

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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Ceramics Technologist

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Ceramics Technologist
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€25 - 54
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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
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