Ceramic Engineer: Conducts research, designs machinery, develops processing techniques and directs technical work regarding the manufacture of ceramic products: Directs testing of physical, chemical, and heat-resisting properties of materials, for example, clays and silica. Analyzes results of the test to determine combinations of materials which will improve the quality of products. Conducts research into methods of processing, forming, and firing of clays to develop new ceramic products, for example, ceramic machine tools, refractories for space vehicles, and for use in glass and steel furnaces. Designs equipment and apparatus for forming, firing, and handling products. Coordinates testing activities of finished products for characteristics, for example, texture, color, durability, glazing, and refractory properties. May also specialize in one branch of ceramic production, for example, brick, glass, crockery, tile, pipe, or refractories. May also specialize in developing heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant materials for use in aerospace, electronics, and nuclear energy fields.