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Industrial Engineering Technician Career

Career Description

Industrial Engineering Technicians apply engineering theory and principles to problems of industrial layout or manufacturing production, usually under the direction of engineering staff. They may study and record time, motion, method, and speed involved in performance of production, maintenance, clerical, and other worker operations for such purposes as establishing standard production rates or improving efficiency.

Common Work Tasks

  • Study the efficient use of personnel, materials, and machines in factories, stores, repair shops, and offices
  • Prepare layouts of machinery and equipment, plan the flow of work, conduct statistical studies of production time or quality, and analyze production costs
  • Recommend revision to methods of operation, material handling, equipment layout, or other changes to increase production or improve standards
  • Study time, motion, methods, and speed involved in maintenance, production, and other operations to establish standard production rate and improve efficiency
  • Interpret engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, or formulas and confer with management or engineering staff to determine quality and reliability 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, and anticipated delays
  • Observe worker using equipment to verify that equipment is being operated and maintained according to quality assurance standards
  • Observe workers operating equipment or performing tasks to determine time involved and fatigue rate using timing devices
  • Prepare charts, graphs, and diagrams to illustrate workflow, routing, floor layouts, material handling, and machine utilization

Other Job Titles

Industrial Engineering Technicians are also known by other titles, including:

  • Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
  • Civil Engineering Technicians
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • Electromechanical Engineering Technicians

Education, Training, and Experience

Education and Training
Although it may be possible to qualify for certain engineering technician jobs without formal training, most employers prefer to hire someone with at least a 2-year associate degree in engineering technology. People with college courses in science, engineering, and mathematics may qualify for some positions but may need additional specialized training and experience. Prospective engineering technicians should take as many high school science and math courses as possible to prepare for programs in engineering technology after high school.

  Because many engineering technicians assist in design work, creativity is desirable. Good communication skills and the ability to work well with others also are important as engineering technicians are typically part of a team of engineers and other technicians.


The median annual salary for an industrial engineering technician is $47,000. The top 10 percent earn more than $79,000, and the lowest 10 percent earn less than $31,000. Median earnings in the industries employing the largest number of industrial engineering technicians are:

  • Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing- $45,140
  • Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing  - $64,560
  • Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing - $45,680
  • Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing  - $50,030
  • Computer Systems Design and Related Services - $73,680

Job Outlook

  • 2006-2016 Employment growth:  10%
  • Number of new jobs created 2006-2016: 7,500
  • Employment 2006 : 75,000
  • Employment 2016:  82,000
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