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What Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians Do About this section

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians
Industrial engineering technologists and technicians interpret schematic diagrams and formulas.

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians help engineers solve problems affecting manufacturing layout or production. They prepare machinery and equipment plans, design workflows, conduct statistical production studies, and analyze production costs.

Duties

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians typically do the following:

  • Suggest revisions to operation methods, material handling, or equipment layout
  • Interpret engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, and formulas
  • Confer with management or engineering staff on quality and reliability standards
  • Help plan work assignments, considering factors such as machine capabilities and production schedules
  • Prepare charts, diagrams, and other graphs 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 technologists and technicians study the time and steps workers take to do a task (time and motion studies). To set reasonable production rates, they analyze operations such as maintenance, production, and service.

The work of industrial engineering technologists and technicians is versatile and applicable to a variety of projects. For example, in supply chain management, they help businesses minimize inventory costs; in quality assurance, they help with customer satisfaction; and in project management, they help to control costs and maximize efficiencies.

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians generally work on teams under the supervision of industrial engineers.

Manufacturing engineering technologists and technicians work to raise production quality and profitability. By planning, testing, and custom making industrial products, they help engineers improve manufacturing processes and output. They may assess prototypes, analyze machinery performance, or try new production methods.

Work Environment About this section

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians
Industrial engineering technologists and technicians help carry out studies and make observations to assist industrial engineers.

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians held about 64,200 jobs in 2021. The largest employers of industrial engineering technologists and technicians were as follows:

Computer and electronic product manufacturing 20%
Transportation equipment manufacturing 14
Professional, scientific, and technical services 10
Machinery manufacturing 7
Chemical manufacturing 6

Industrial engineers usually ask industrial engineering technologists and technicians to help carry out studies and draw conclusions. Consequently, these technologists and technicians typically work at the location where products are manufactured or services are provided.

Work Schedules

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians usually work a standard schedule. Most work full time.

How to Become an Industrial Engineering Technologist or Technician About this section

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians
Becoming an industrial engineering technologist or technician usually requires either an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate to enter the occupation.

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians typically need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate to enter the occupation. Community colleges and technical institutes generally offer associate’s degree programs, and vocational–technical schools offer certificate programs.

Education

High school students interested in becoming industrial engineering technologists and technicians should take courses in math, science, and drafting, where available.

Postsecondary programs in industrial engineering technology are offered at vocational–technical schools, technical institutes, and community colleges. Vocational–technical schools typically award a certificate. Community colleges programs usually lead to associate’s degrees.

Employers may prefer to hire candidates who have completed an engineering or engineering technology program accredited by ABET.

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians may choose to major in applied science, industrial technology, or industrial engineering technology. These programs may include instruction in computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing software, known as CAD/CAM.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Industrial engineering technologists and technicians assess changes in conditions, operations, and the environment to help industrial engineers figure out how systems should work.

Communication skills. Industrial engineering technologists and technicians must listen carefully to instructions from engineers and must clearly articulate problems to their supervisors.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineering technologists and technicians must identify and correct weaknesses to help industrial engineers solve problems.

Detail oriented. Industrial engineering technologists and technicians must record precisely what they measure and observe.

Math skills. Industrial engineering technologists and technicians use mathematics and statistical techniques to analyze data collected from studies.

Observational skills. Industrial engineering technologists and technicians closely watch the performance of people or organizations so that they can suggest improvements.

Pay About this section

Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Median annual wages, May 2021

Drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians

$60,290

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians

$60,220

Total, all occupations

$45,760

 

The median annual wage for industrial engineering technologists and technicians was $60,220 in May 2021. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,790, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $85,530.

In May 2021, the median annual wages for industrial engineering technologists and technicians in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Chemical manufacturing $61,740
Professional, scientific, and technical services 61,010
Computer and electronic product manufacturing 60,360
Transportation equipment manufacturing 60,220
Machinery manufacturing 59,970

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians usually work standard schedules. Most work full time.

Job Outlook About this section

Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Percent change in employment, projected 2021-31

Total, all occupations

5%

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians

3%

Drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians

0%

 

Employment of industrial engineering technologists and technicians is projected to grow 3 percent from 2021 to 2031, slower than the average for all occupations.

Despite limited employment growth, about 6,600 openings for industrial engineering technologists and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Employment

An emphasis on cost control through increased efficiency, along with industrial engineering technologists and technicians' role in assisting with automation, is expected to sustain demand for these workers.

Employment projections data for industrial engineering technologists and technicians, 2021-31
Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2021 Projected Employment, 2031 Change, 2021-31 Employment by Industry
Percent Numeric

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians

17-3026 64,200 66,300 3 2,100 Get data

Contacts for More Information About this section

For more information about industrial engineering, visit

Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers

For more information about manufacturing engineering, visit

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

For information on general engineering education and career resources, visit

American Society for Engineering Education

For more information about accredited programs, visit

ABET

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