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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 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 200 $55,990
Hoover 110 $48,460
Birmingham 110 $48,460
Montgomery 60 $50,840
Decatur 60 $65,270
Mobile 60 $71,380
Tuscaloosa 40 $55,890
Opelika 30 $71,300
Auburn 30 $71,300
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tucson 160 $43,150
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 50 $48,370
North Little Rock 50 $48,370
Little Rock 50 $48,370
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 1600 $58,180
Long Beach 1600 $58,180
Los Angeles 1600 $58,180
San Francisco 720 $59,200
Oakland 720 $59,200
Hayward 720 $59,200
Santa Clara 650 $61,180
Sunnyvale 650 $61,180
San Jose 650 $61,180
San Diego 520 $55,970
Carlsbad 520 $55,970
Riverside 310 $48,620
Ontario 310 $48,620
San Bernardino 310 $48,620
Arcade 60 $66,160
Sacramento 60 $66,160
Arden 60 $66,160
Roseville 60 $66,160
Bakersfield 60 $85,090
Ventura 50 $48,770
Oxnard 50 $48,770
Thousand Oaks 50 $48,770
Santa Rosa 40 $69,210
Santa Barbara 30 $68,760
Santa Maria 30 $68,760
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Colorado Springs 270 $56,830
Lakewood 120 $62,390
Aurora 120 $62,390
Denver 120 $62,390
Boulder 90 $66,530
Fort Collins 70 $55,690
Greeley N/A $61,860
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 350 $69,010
East Hartford 350 $69,010
West Hartford 350 $69,010
Stamford 200 $57,290
Bridgeport 200 $57,290
Norwalk 200 $57,290
New Haven 110 $53,230
Danbury 50 $61,080
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tampa 440 $47,100
St. Petersburg 440 $47,100
Clearwater 440 $47,100
Miami 390 $46,200
Fort Lauderdale 390 $46,200
West Palm Beach 390 $46,200
Jacksonville 310 $54,070
Melbourne 260 $54,090
Titusville 260 $54,090
Palm Bay 260 $54,090
Kissimmee 140 $35,710
Orlando 140 $35,710
Sanford 140 $35,710
Daytona Beach 120 $42,650
Deltona 120 $42,650
Ormond Beach 120 $42,650
Winter Haven 100 $41,890
Lakeland 100 $41,890
Sarasota 90 $47,090
Bradenton 90 $47,090
North Port 90 $47,090
Fort Walton Beach 50 $52,420
Crestview 50 $52,420
Destin 50 $52,420
Cape Coral N/A $33,690
Fort Myers N/A $33,690
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 300 $48,870
Atlanta 300 $48,870
Sandy Springs 300 $48,870
Warner Robins 220 $64,430
Savannah 60 $92,620
Dalton 50 $41,200
Clarke County 40 $54,060
Athens 40 $54,060
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 70 $42,310
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 230 $57,460
Peoria 50 $52,400
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carmel 280 $51,880
Indianapolis 280 $51,880
Anderson 280 $51,880
Columbus 200 $55,360
Fort Wayne 160 $44,820
Goshen 110 $42,250
Elkhart 110 $42,250
Kokomo 70 $52,820
Terre Haute 40 $41,690
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 60 $51,040
Des Moines 60 $51,040
Cedar Rapids 40 $49,110
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 290 $76,420
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 70 $48,370
Lexington 70 $48,370
Bowling Green N/A $52,750
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 80 $74,420
New Orleans 80 $74,420
Thibodaux 70 $67,070
Houma 70 $67,070
Shreveport 40 $56,550
Bossier City 40 $56,550
Baton Rouge 30 $90,650
Lafayette N/A $29,600
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 130 $56,510
Portland 130 $56,510
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 370 $56,500
Columbia 370 $56,500
Baltimore 370 $56,500
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Bedford 40 $59,290
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 2170 $59,830
Detroit 2170 $59,830
Warren 2170 $59,830
Grand Rapids 800 $44,870
Wyoming 800 $44,870
Muskegon 140 $35,900
Ann Arbor 130 $46,380
Portage 60 $43,190
Kalamazoo 60 $43,190
Lansing 40 $49,520
East Lansing 40 $49,520
Jackson N/A $46,650
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 210 $40,370
St. Cloud 70 $38,670
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 110 $58,390
Biloxi 110 $58,390
Gulfport 110 $58,390
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 50 $49,560
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 90 $50,130
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 50 $43,400
Henderson 50 $43,400
Las Vegas 50 $43,400
Reno 50 $47,140
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton N/A $43,440
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque N/A $55,860
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 750 $54,510
Albany 380 $58,380
Troy 380 $58,380
Schenectady 380 $58,380
Binghamton 70 $44,020
Syracuse 70 $48,580
Cheektowaga N/A $54,140
Buffalo N/A $54,140
Niagara Falls N/A $54,140
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Chapel Hill 270 $40,500
Durham 270 $40,500
High Point 230 $48,600
Greensboro 230 $48,600
Winston 180 $40,100
Salem 180 $40,100
Lenoir 120 $46,130
Hickory 120 $46,130
Morganton 120 $46,130
Raleigh 110 $58,770
Asheville 80 $46,860
New Bern 80 $60,360
Wilmington 40 $61,390
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 710 $46,830
Elyria 710 $46,830
Columbus 410 $55,010
Dayton 280 $46,350
Akron 160 $39,820
Massillon 110 $44,290
Canton 110 $44,290
Toledo 90 $59,020
Mansfield 60 $41,720
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 420 $66,370
Tulsa 140 $46,970
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany N/A $54,870
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 310 $51,220
Hazleton 110 $41,180
Scranton 110 $41,180
Wilkes 110 $41,180
Barre 110 $41,180
York 100 $47,400
Hanover 100 $47,400
Carlisle 90 $34,770
Harrisburg 90 $34,770
Erie 70 $43,290
Lancaster 70 $63,500
Williamsport 30 $41,500
Bloomsburg N/A $39,650
Berwick N/A $39,650
Reading N/A $49,610
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 910 $37,650
Carolina 910 $37,650
San Juan 910 $37,650
Arecibo 110 $33,510
Isabela 110 $42,260
Aguadilla 110 $42,260
Ponce 50 $35,390
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 370 $47,570
Mauldin 370 $47,570
Greenville 370 $47,570
North Charleston 210 $55,300
Charleston 210 $55,300
Columbia 190 $50,060
Florence 150 $45,750
Spartanburg 90 $46,380
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 60 $40,260
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 340 $38,940
Franklin 340 $38,940
Davidson 340 $38,940
Nashville 340 $38,940
Knoxville 280 $56,600
Johnson City 50 $47,470
Cleveland 30 N/A
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 1630 $68,160
Fort Worth 1630 $68,160
Dallas 1630 $68,160
The Woodlands 820 $60,470
Houston 820 $60,470
Sugar Land 820 $60,470
Austin 160 $58,590
Round Rock 160 $58,590
El Paso 80 $45,840
New Braunfels 70 $59,360
San Antonio 70 $59,360
Beaumont 60 $63,300
Port Arthur 60 $63,300
Longview 50 N/A
Waco 40 $55,510
Corpus Christi 40 $62,470
Midland N/A $61,880
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 350 $44,010
Clearfield 290 $66,370
Ogden 290 $66,370
Provo N/A $54,520
Orem N/A $54,520
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington N/A $55,660
Burlington N/A $55,660
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Blacksburg 90 $55,210
Radford 90 $55,210
Christiansburg 90 $55,210
Richmond 70 $60,700
Roanoke 50 $51,850
Lynchburg N/A $49,160
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Spokane Valley 30 $54,440
Spokane 30 $54,440
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 430 $47,650
Milwaukee 430 $47,650
Waukesha 430 $47,650
Sheboygan 230 $47,110
Madison 170 $51,300
Oshkosh 110 $51,340
Neenah 110 $51,340
Appleton 60 $44,890
Racine 40 $44,940
Eau Claire 30 N/A
Wausau 30 $52,370

Most Popular Industries for :
Industrial Engineering Technicians

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

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

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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