Surface engineering


The engineering discipline that studies ways to counteract environmental deterioration, such as corrosion and deformation of surfaces of materials, by altering the properties of the surfaces and making them resistant to the environment in which they will be used.

Alternative labels

surface engineering research
surface engineering studies
engineering for surfaces
surface engineering analyses
surface engineering fieldwork
surface engineering applications
surface engineering analysis
surface engineering work

Skill type


Skill reusability level


Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Surface engineering is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Surface engineer: Surface engineers research and develop technologies for manufacturing processes that assist in altering the properties of the surface of bulk material, such as metal, in order to reduce degradation by corrosion or wear. They explore and design how to protect surfaces of (metal) workpieces and products utilising sustainable materials and testing with a minimum of waste.

Optional knowledge

Surface engineering is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Industrial engineer: Industrial engineers design a vast array of production systems aiming to present efficient and effective solutions. They integrate a varied number of variables such as workers, technology, ergonomics, production flows, and product specifications for the design and implementation of production systems. They can specify and design for microsystems as well.




  1. Surface engineering – ESCO


Last updated on September 20, 2022

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