Industrial Engineering Technicians

Apply engineering theory and principles to problems of industrial layout or manufacturing production, usually under the direction of engineering staff. May perform time and motion studies on worker operations in a variety of industries for purposes such as establishing standard production rates or improving efficiency.

Median Annual Wage: $53,370

Education: Some college, no degree (37%)

Projected Growth: Decline (-3% or lower)

Related Job Titles: Engineering Technician; Process Engineer; Industrial Engineering Technician; Production Staff Worker; Industrial Engineering Analyst; Process Documentation and Methods Analyst; Manufacturing Technician; Quality Control Engineering Technician (QC Engineering Technician); Process Technician; Methods Engineer

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Industrial Engineering Technicians.

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  • Test selected products at specified stages in the production process for performance characteristics or adherence to specifications.
  • Compile and evaluate statistical data to determine and maintain quality and reliability of products.
  • Study time, motion, methods, or speed involved in maintenance, production, or other operations to establish standard production rate or improve efficiency.
  • Interpret engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, or formulas for management or engineering staff.
  • Read worker logs, product processing sheets, or specification sheets to verify that records adhere to quality assurance specifications.
  • Verify that equipment is being operated and maintained according to quality assurance standards by observing worker performance.
  • Evaluate data and write reports to validate or indicate deviations from existing standards.
  • Recommend modifications to existing quality or production standards to achieve optimum quality within limits of equipment capability.
  • Aid in planning work assignments in accordance with worker performance, machine capacity, production schedules, or anticipated delays.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Industrial Engineering Technicians.

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Industrial Engineering Technicians.

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