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Industrial Engineering Technicians

Industrial engineering technicians improve the efficiency of using employees, machines and materials in factories, offices, stores and other settings. While working under the supervision of industrial engineers, industrial engineering techs develop layouts of equipment and machinery, perform statistical studies of production quality or time, evaluate production costs and plan the flow of work. They also establish standard production rates. Industrial engineering technicians use engineering principles and theory.

Some of the sample job titles are engineering technician, industrial engineering analyst, manufacturing technician, process documentation and methods analyst and quality control engineering technician.

Responsibilities

  • Evaluate time, motion, methods and the speed involved in production, maintenance and other types of operations
  • Recommend changes to methods of operations
  • Assist with the planning of worker assignments
  • Recommend modifications to current production and quality standards
  • Interpret engineering drawings, formulas and schematic diagrams
  • Evaluate workers' logs, specification sheets and product processing sheets to determine if records follow quality assurance specifications
  • Monitor employees operating equipment in order to determine if the equipment is being used and maintained according to quality assurance standards
  • Monitor employees using equipment or performing tasks in order to determine the amount of time involved and the fatigue rate
  • Develop diagrams, graphs and charts to illustrate workflow, machine utilization and routing material handling

Job Characteristics

Engineering technicians usually work 40 hours a week. They work in manufacturing plants and offices and other settings. They should have good communications and organizational skills and be attentive to details.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecasted a job growth of 7 percent from 2008 to 2018 for industrial engineering technicians which is about as fast as average for all occupations. The median annual earnings in 2008 for industrial engineering technicians was $47,180.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Most employers prefer applicants that have at least an associate degree in engineering technology. Most associate degree programs that have received accreditation from the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) include at least college algebra and trigonometry along with one or two basic science courses. Graduates of ABET accredited programs are typically recognized as having an acceptable level of competence in the subjects of science and math and also technical courses that are required for the occupation.

Some of the available educational programs are industrial technology/technician, manufacturing technology/technician, and industrial production technologies/technicians.

A large number of private and public schools provide technical training and the type and quality of training varies significantly. Students may want to ask perspective employers for their school preferences. Students should also ask a school representative about the types of jobs their graduates have acquired.

Technical institutes typically provide a lot of technical training through application and practice, however they typically provide less general education and theory than community colleges. Numerous colleges offer bachelor's degrees in engineering technology, however graduates of these programs often are employed as technologists or applied engineers and not as technicians.

Resources

Major Employers

The top job providers are durable goods manufacturers, engineering and business services companies, the U.S Departments of Transportation, Defense, Interior and Agriculture; state government agencies, and municipal government agencies.

Schools for Industrial Engineering Technicians are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Industrial Engineering Technicians

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Industrial Engineering Technicians jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 220 $49,920
Hoover 170 $53,370
Birmingham 170 $53,370
Mobile 100 $75,260
Montgomery 50 $44,370
Tuscaloosa 50 $55,790
Auburn 40 $68,760
Opelika 40 $68,760
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 1730 $56,210
Mesa 1730 $56,210
Phoenix 1730 $56,210
Tucson 140 $47,700
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 80 $46,260
North Little Rock 80 $46,260
Little Rock 80 $46,260
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 1510 $66,420
Los Angeles 1510 $66,420
Anaheim 1510 $66,420
Carlsbad 660 $62,660
San Diego 660 $62,660
Oakland 610 $62,580
San Francisco 610 $62,580
Hayward 610 $62,580
Santa Clara 570 $65,990
Sunnyvale 570 $65,990
San Jose 570 $65,990
Ontario 290 $54,060
Riverside 290 $54,060
San Bernardino 290 $54,060
Arden 110 $53,760
Sacramento 110 $53,760
Roseville 110 $53,760
Arcade 110 $53,760
Bakersfield 70 $90,990
Oxnard 60 $49,250
Ventura 60 $49,250
Thousand Oaks 60 $49,250
Santa Rosa 30 $62,540
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Colorado Springs 250 $59,010
Lakewood 210 $65,820
Aurora 210 $65,820
Denver 210 $65,820
Boulder 90 $61,300
Fort Collins 80 $56,860
Greeley 60 $51,340
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Hartford 370 $69,400
East Hartford 370 $69,400
Hartford 370 $69,400
Bridgeport 260 $59,710
Stamford 260 $59,710
Norwalk 260 $59,710
New Haven 70 $58,020
Danbury 50 $60,530
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Petersburg 460 $41,670
Tampa 460 $41,670
Clearwater 460 $41,670
Fort Lauderdale 360 $45,200
West Palm Beach 360 $45,200
Miami 360 $45,200
Jacksonville 240 $52,270
Sanford 160 $41,370
Kissimmee 160 $41,370
Orlando 160 $41,370
Palm Bay 150 $46,190
Melbourne 150 $46,190
Titusville 150 $46,190
Winter Haven 120 $45,540
Lakeland 120 $45,540
Daytona Beach 110 $43,890
Ormond Beach 110 $43,890
Deltona 110 $43,890
Ocala 90 $41,120
Sarasota 80 $49,800
Bradenton 80 $49,800
North Port 80 $49,800
Gainesville 50 $39,870
Fort Walton Beach 50 $56,240
Crestview 50 $56,240
Destin 50 $56,240
Port St. Lucie 40 $47,760
Ferry Pass N/A $34,210
Pensacola N/A $34,210
Brent N/A $34,210
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 300 $52,000
Sandy Springs 300 $52,000
Atlanta 300 $52,000
Warner Robins 210 $67,150
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 110 $44,200
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 190 $62,790
Kankakee 100 $56,890
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 340 $51,380
Carmel 340 $51,380
Indianapolis 340 $51,380
Goshen 140 $46,540
Elkhart 140 $46,540
Fort Wayne 130 $47,290
La Porte 30 N/A
Michigan City 30 N/A
Terre Haute 30 $42,960
Columbus N/A $55,070
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 50 $48,510
West Des Moines 50 $50,030
Des Moines 50 $50,030
Iowa City N/A $49,060
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 250 $78,780
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 70 $45,910
Lexington 70 $45,910
Fort Knox 40 $51,760
Elizabethtown 40 $51,760
Bowling Green N/A $53,250
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lafayette 80 $30,760
Metairie 60 $58,170
New Orleans 60 $58,170
Houma 40 $45,070
Thibodaux 40 $45,070
Bossier City 40 $67,040
Shreveport 40 $67,040
Baton Rouge 30 N/A
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland N/A $59,160
Portland N/A $59,160
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 300 $56,970
Columbia 300 $56,970
Baltimore 300 $56,970
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Bedford 40 $58,860
Pittsfield 30 $50,270
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 2210 $54,330
Warren 2210 $54,330
Detroit 2210 $54,330
Wyoming 800 $44,640
Grand Rapids 800 $44,640
Ann Arbor 200 $49,140
Muskegon 170 $44,290
Portage 120 $44,620
Kalamazoo 120 $44,620
East Lansing 80 $45,370
Lansing 80 $45,370
Monroe 30 $64,760
Jackson N/A $46,900
Battle Creek N/A $52,320
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 110 $48,380
St. Cloud 80 $40,030
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 100 $59,330
Biloxi 100 $59,330
Gulfport 100 $59,330
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 100 $58,130
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Reno 30 $47,230
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton N/A $62,720
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque N/A $55,870
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 700 $53,680
Albany 470 $61,290
Troy 470 $61,290
Schenectady 470 $61,290
Niagara Falls 190 $45,970
Cheektowaga 190 $45,970
Buffalo 190 $45,970
Binghamton 110 $44,820
Syracuse 110 $51,700
Glens Falls 30 $48,490
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Chapel Hill 250 $41,080
Durham 250 $41,080
Winston 240 $42,400
Salem 240 $42,400
Greensboro 240 $46,070
High Point 240 $46,070
Morganton 140 $44,930
Hickory 140 $44,930
Lenoir 140 $44,930
Asheville 130 $43,870
New Bern 90 $60,700
Raleigh N/A $33,640
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 560 $52,460
Elyria 560 $52,460
Columbus 420 $54,020
Dayton 290 $48,180
Akron 120 $50,040
Toledo 60 $49,880
Mansfield 40 $43,860
Massillon N/A $46,730
Canton N/A $46,730
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 390 $67,160
Tulsa 150 $55,030
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 310 $49,300
Barre 130 $41,140
Hazleton 130 $41,140
Wilkes 130 $41,140
Scranton 130 $41,140
Lancaster 110 $58,460
York 70 $54,950
Hanover 70 $54,950
Erie 60 $44,100
Harrisburg 40 $54,770
Carlisle 40 $54,770
Reading N/A $49,070
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 1080 $38,350
Carolina 1080 $38,350
San Juan 1080 $38,350
Arecibo 110 $34,190
Isabela 100 $43,490
Aguadilla 100 $43,490
Ponce 60 $37,570
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 320 $46,710
Mauldin 320 $46,710
Greenville 320 $46,710
Columbia 240 $54,550
Florence 180 $47,850
Charleston 130 $53,720
North Charleston 130 $53,720
Spartanburg 110 $46,180
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 40 $41,140
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 420 $39,540
Murfreesboro 420 $39,540
Davidson 420 $39,540
Nashville 420 $39,540
Knoxville 300 $41,530
Johnson City 50 $47,550
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 1670 $67,220
Dallas 1670 $67,220
Fort Worth 1670 $67,220
Houston 720 $57,930
The Woodlands 720 $57,930
Sugar Land 720 $57,930
San Antonio 140 $59,940
New Braunfels 140 $59,940
Round Rock 110 $60,140
Austin 110 $60,140
El Paso 60 $46,300
Port Arthur 50 $67,400
Beaumont 50 $67,400
Corpus Christi 40 $62,160
College Station 30 $47,030
Bryan 30 $47,030
Longview N/A $37,620
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 300 $44,340
Clearfield 300 $65,170
Ogden 300 $65,170
Orem N/A $56,130
Provo N/A $56,130
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 160 $55,230
Blacksburg 50 $54,950
Radford 50 $54,950
Christiansburg 50 $54,950
Roanoke 40 $48,270
Lynchburg N/A $52,410
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Spokane Valley 30 $55,080
Spokane 30 $55,080
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 390 $48,450
Milwaukee 390 $48,450
Waukesha 390 $48,450
Madison 140 $48,400
Sheboygan 130 $45,420
Neenah 120 $53,890
Oshkosh 120 $53,890
Eau Claire 70 $55,310
Appleton 60 $49,340
Racine 50 $44,080
Wausau 40 $49,270
Janesville 30 $44,460
Beloit 30 $44,460

Most Popular Industries for :
Industrial Engineering Technicians

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Electronics And Computer 14,330 20% $45,020
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 11,250 15% $49,460
Professional And Technical Services 6,710 9% $54,490
Machinery 5,820 8% $45,830
Chemicals 3,590 5% $51,940
Office Services And Staffing 3,360 4% N/A
Metal Products 2,890 4% $42,130
Plastics And Rubber 2,610 3% $43,960
Miscellaneous Manufacturing 2,440 3% $42,130
Electrical Appliance 1,870 2% $44,550
Internet Service Provider 1,670 2% $78,670
Business Management 1,640 2% $51,250
Wood Products Manufacturing 1,620 2% $40,150
Furniture 1,600 2% $41,590
Metals 1,450 2% $45,570
Durable Goods Wholesale 1,420 1% $35,190
Government 1,170 1% $59,730
Food 1,150 1% $40,590
Mineral Products 780 1% $45,050
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