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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.

Industrial Engineering Technicians Skills

Below are the skills needed to be industrial engineering technicians according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Skill NameImportanceCompetence
Reading Comprehension44
Active Listening3.883.88
Critical Thinking3.883.88
Complex Problem Solving3.753.88
Monitoring3.383.88

Industrial Engineering Technicians Abilities

Below are the abilities needed to be industrial engineering technicians according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Ability NameImportanceCompetence
Deductive Reasoning44
Inductive Reasoning44
Oral Comprehension44
Problem Sensitivity43.88
Near Vision3.753.88

Industrial Engineering Technicians Knowledge

Below are the knowledge areas needed to be industrial engineering technicians according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Knowledge AreaImportanceCompetence
Mechanical4.415.31
Engineering and Technology4.064.68
Production and Processing3.683.96
Mathematics3.563.9
Design3.514.31

Industrial Engineering Technicians Work activities

Below are the work activities involved in being industrial engineering technicians according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work ActivityImportanceCompetence
Making Decisions and Solving Problems4.164.84
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment4.055.08
Thinking Creatively4.015.18
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates3.934.69
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge3.894.58

Industrial Engineering Technicians Work styles

Below are the work styles involved in being industrial engineering technicians according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work StyleImportance
Attention to Detail4.36
Dependability4.35
Analytical Thinking4.3
Stress Tolerance4.15
Cooperation4.1

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Industrial Engineering Technicians

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Industrial Engineering Technicians jobs , as of 2017

   
Metro AreaTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Salary
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn2,480 $55,600
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale1,890 $63,830
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington1,570 $68,780
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land1,490 $68,090
San Juan-Carolina-Caguas1,400 $43,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim1,320 $71,220
Grand Rapids-Wyoming850 $46,090
Columbus610 $63,980
Rochester580 $51,750
San Diego-Carlsbad560 $76,400

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Total employment and salary for professions similar to industrial engineering technicians

Source : 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

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