Profession synthetic materials engineer

Synthetic materials engineers develop new synthetic materials processes or improve existing ones. They design and construct installations and machines for the production of synthetic materials and examine samples of raw materials in order to ensure quality.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Design principles

    The elements used in design such as unity, scale, proportion, balance, symmetry, space, form, texture, colour, light, shade and congruence and their application into practice.

  • Injection moulding machine parts

    Parts of the machine that melts and injects molten plastic into moulds such as the hopper, the reciprocating screw, the injection barrel and the injection cylinder.

  • Types of plastic

    Types of plastic materials and their chemical composition, physical properties, possible issues and usage cases.

  • Chemical processes

    The relevant chemical processes used in manufacture, such as purification, seperation, emulgation and dispergation processing.

  • Basic chemicals

    The production and characteristisc of organic basic chemicals such as ethanol, methanol, benzene and inorganic basic chemicals such as oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen.

  • Synthetic materials

    The production and characteristics of synthetic materials such as synthetic fibres, synthetic paper, synthetic resins or synthetic rubber.

  • Civil engineering

    The engineering discipline that studies the design, construction and maintenance of naturally built works such as roads, buildings, and canals.

Skills

  • Manage environmental impact of operations

    Manage the interaction with and impact on the environment by companies. Identify and assess environmental impacts of the production process and related services, and regulate a reduction of the effects on the environment and on people. Organise action plans and monitor any indicators of improvement.

  • Use hand tools

    Utilize tools that are powered by hand, such as screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, drills and knives to manipulate materials and help create and assemble various products.

  • Work with chemicals

    Handle chemicals and select specific ones for certain processes. Be aware of the reactions which arise from combining them.

  • Analyse production processes for improvement

    Analyse production processes leading toward improvement. Analyse in order to reduce production losses and overall manufacturing costs.

  • Check quality of raw materials

    Check the quality of basic materials used for the production of semi-finished and finished goods by assessing some of its characteristics and, if needed, select samples to be analysed.

  • Design process

    Identify the workflow and resource requirements for a particular process, using a variety of tools such as process simulation software, flowcharting and scale models.

  • Handle chemicals

    Safely handle industrial chemicals; use them efficiently and ensure that no harm is done to the environment.

  • Manage processes

    Manage processes by defining, measuring, controling and improving processes with the goal to meet customer requirements profitably.

  • Design engineering components

    Design engineering parts, assemblies, products, or systems.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Work safely with chemicals

    Take the necessary precautions for storing, using and disposing chemical products.

Optional knowledge and skills

measure materials perform maintenance on installed equipment prepare technical reports build machines inspect quality of products use cad software communication record test data quality standards assemble machines anticipate installation maintenance write technical reports electrical machines test materials think analytically examine engineering principles use technical drawing software quality assurance methodologies