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.


  • 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.


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.

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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 Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 2210 $54,330
Dearborn 2210 $54,330
Detroit 2210 $54,330
Scottsdale 1730 $56,210
Phoenix 1730 $56,210
Mesa 1730 $56,210
Fort Worth 1670 $67,220
Dallas 1670 $67,220
Arlington 1670 $67,220
Los Angeles 1510 $66,420
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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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