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Working As A Composite Technician

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • $53,780

    Average Salary

What Does A Composite Technician Do

Industrial engineering technicians help industrial engineers implement designs to use personnel, materials, and machines effectively. They prepare machinery and equipment layouts, plan workflows, conduct statistical production studies, and analyze production costs.

Duties

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
  • Recommend changes to production standards in order to achieve the best quality within the limits of the capabilities of the equipment
  • 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.

They also observe workers to make sure that equipment is being used and maintained according to quality assurance standards. They then evaluate the resulting data to recommend or justify changes to the operations or to the standards for improving quality and efficiency.

Industrial engineering technicians’ versatility 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.

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How To Become A Composite Technician

Industrial engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. 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 technicians should take courses in math, science, and drafting, where available. Courses that help students develop computer skills are helpful when the students later need to learn computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing software, known as CAD/CAM.

Postsecondary programs in industrial engineering are offered at vocational–technical schools, technical institutes, and community colleges. Vocational–technical schools and technical institutes serve local students and emphasize training needed by local employers. These programs generally award a certificate. Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes, but usually include more theory-based and liberal arts courses. Students who complete these programs earn associate’s degrees.

ABET accredits engineering and engineering technology programs.

Generally, prospective industrial engineering technicians should major in applied science, industrial technology, or industrial engineering technology.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Industrial engineering technicians must be able to help industrial engineers figure out how systems should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Communication skills. Industrial engineering technicians receive instructions from industrial engineers. They must be able to clearly understand and follow instructions and communicate problems to their supervisors.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineering technicians must be able to help industrial engineers figure out why certain processes or operations are not working as well as they might. They must ask the right questions to identify and correct weaknesses.

Detail oriented. Industrial engineering technicians must gather and record measurements and observations needed by industrial engineers.

Math skills. Industrial engineering technicians use the principles of mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Observational skills. These technicians spend much of their time evaluating the performance of other people or organizations and then make suggestions for improvements or corrective action. They must gather and record information without interfering with workers in their environments.

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Composite Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

80.0%

Female

18.1%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

75.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

French

9.5%

Carrier

9.5%

Portuguese

4.8%

Mandarin

4.8%

Arabic

4.8%
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Composite Technician Education

Schools

Cerritos College

12.7%

Davis Applied Technology College

10.2%

Wichita State University

8.5%

Salt Lake Community College

7.6%

University of Phoenix

5.9%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

5.1%

Weber State University

5.1%

Wichita Area Technical College

4.2%

Pima Community College

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

Northern Arizona University

3.4%

North Idaho College

3.4%

Brevard Community College

3.4%

Southwestern College

3.4%

Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College

3.4%

Redstone College

3.4%

Antelope Valley College

3.4%

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

3.4%

Lenoir Community College

3.4%

Wayne Community College

3.4%
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Majors

Business

15.7%

Aviation

15.4%

General Studies

7.5%

Automotive Technology

7.5%

Mechanical Engineering

7.2%

Writing

5.8%

Graphic Design

5.1%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.8%

Management

2.7%

Engineering

2.7%

Aerospace Engineering

2.7%

Drafting And Design

2.4%

Industrial Technology

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Computer Science

2.0%

Plant Sciences

2.0%

English

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

39.6%

Bachelors

19.9%

Associate

19.5%

Certificate

14.3%

Masters

3.2%

Diploma

1.6%

License

1.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Composite Technician

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Top Composite Technician Skills

  1. Fiberglass Parts
  2. Hand Lay-Up
  3. Wet Lay-Up
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Repair or modify damaged and defective fiberglass parts; checking thickness, densities, and contours to ensure project specifications.
  • Performed hand lay-up on glass and graphite material on complex tooling.
  • Worked with honeycomb core, and wet lay-up (autoclave).
  • Laminate assemblies by determining proper placement of composite materials into molds.
  • Worked with all pre-preg materials in dry layup; used measurements to determine the exact cut for project requirements.

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