Profession material testing technician

Material testing technicians perform a variety of tests on materials such as soils, concrete, masonry and asphalt, in order to verify conformance to intended usage cases and specifications.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Health, safety and hygiene legislation

    The set of health, safety and hygiene standards and items of legislation applicable in a specific sector.

Skills

  • Operate scientific measuring equipment

    Operate devices, machinery, and equipment designed for scientific measurement. Scientific equipment consists of specialised measuring instruments refined to facilitate the acquisition of data.

  • Use testing equipment

    Use equipment to test performance and operation of machinery.

  • Record test data

    Record data which has been identified specifically during preceding tests in order to verify that outputs of the test produce specific results or to review the reaction of the subject under exceptional or unusual input.

  • Maintain test equipment

    Maintain equipment used for testing the quality of systems and products.

  • Perform laboratory tests

    Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.

  • Report test findings

    Report test results with a focus on findings and recommendations, differentiating results by levels of severity. Include relevant information from the test plan and outline the test methodologies, using metrics, tables, and visual methods to clarify where needed.

  • Apply safety procedures in laboratory

    Make sure that laboratory equipment is used in a safe manner and the handling of samples and specimens is correct. Work to ensure the validity of results obtained in research.

Optional knowledge and skills

provide technical expertise materials science biology conduct field work build business relationships label samples collect samples for analysis assist scientific research physics use non-destructive testing equipment liaise with engineers develop material testing procedures conduct soil sample tests chemistry analyse test data analyse stress resistance of materials