What Industrial Engineering Technicians Do
Industrial engineering technicians assist industrial engineers in creating systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.
Most industrial engineering technicians work in manufacturing industries. Most work full time.
How to Become an Industrial Engineering Technician
Industrial engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Community colleges or technical institutes typically offer associate’s degree programs, and vocational–technical schools offer certificate programs.
The median annual wage for industrial engineering technicians was $56,550 in May 2019.
Employment of industrial engineering technicians is projected to grow 1 percent from 2019 to 2029, slower than the average for all occupations. Overall employment growth of industrial engineering technicians in manufacturing—the industry in which most of them work—is projected to be slow.
Industrial engineering technicians assist industrial engineers in devising efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service. They prepare machinery and equipment layouts, plan workflows, conduct statistical production studies, and analyze production costs.
Industrial engineering technicians typically do the following:
- Suggest revisions to methods of operation, material handling, or equipment layout
- Interpret engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, and formulas
- Confer with management or engineering staff to determine quality and reliability standards
- Help plan work assignments, taking into account workers’ performance, the capabilities of machines, and production schedules
- Prepare charts, graphs, and diagrams to illustrate workflow, routing, floor layouts, how materials are handled, and how machines are used
- Collect data to assist in process improvement activities
Industrial engineering technicians study the time and steps workers take to do a task (time and motion studies). To set reasonable production rates, they consider how workers perform operations such as maintenance, production, and service.
The versatility of industrial engineering technicians allows them to be useful in a variety of projects. For example, they work in supply chain management to help businesses minimize inventory costs, in quality assurance to help businesses keep their customers satisfied, and in the growing field of project management to control costs and maximize efficiencies.
Industrial engineering technicians generally work in teams under the supervision of industrial engineers.
Manufacturing engineering technicians are a type of industrial engineering technician whose work improves manufacturing processes to raise product quality and profitability. They plan, test, and custom make industrial products, and thus assist the engineers in implementing improvements in production and output. Specifically, they may assess prototypes, analyze performance of machinery, or try new methods of plant production.
Industrial engineering technicians held about 68,500 jobs in 2019. The largest employers of industrial engineering technicians were as follows:
|Computer and electronic product manufacturing||17%|
|Transportation equipment manufacturing||15|
|Professional, scientific, and technical services||9|
Industrial engineers usually ask industrial engineering technicians to help carry out certain studies and make specific observations. Consequently, these technicians typically work at the location where products are manufactured or where services are delivered.
Industrial engineering technicians usually work standard schedules. Most work full time.
This table shows a list of occupations with job duties that are similar to those of industrial engineering technicians.
|Occupation||Job Duties||Entry-Level Education||Median Annual Pay, May 2019|
Cost estimators collect and analyze data in order to estimate the time, money, materials, and labor required to make a product or provide a service.
Health and Safety Engineers
Health and safety engineers combine knowledge of engineering and of health and safety to develop procedures and design systems to protect people from illness and injury and property from damage.
Industrial engineers devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.
Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain.
Quality Control Inspectors
Quality control inspectors examine products and materials for defects or deviations from specifications.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$39,140|
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Industrial Engineering Technicians,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/industrial-engineering-technicians.htm (visited ).