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Working As An Engineering Aide

  • 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
  • $81,846

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Aide 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 An Engineering Aide

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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Engineering Aide Career Paths

Engineering Aide
Technician Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager Quality Manager
Continuous Improvement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Engineer Design Engineer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Systems Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer Plant Engineer
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Lead Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Engineer Process Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Drafter Design Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager President Group Leader
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Instructor Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Engineering Aide Demographics

Gender

Male

66.7%

Female

31.3%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

59.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.7%

French

9.3%

German

5.3%

Korean

5.3%

Portuguese

4.0%

Mandarin

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Urdu

2.7%

Hindi

2.7%

Russian

2.7%

Arabic

2.7%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Czech

1.3%

Dakota

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Slovak

1.3%

Armenian

1.3%

Bengali

1.3%
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Engineering Aide Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.7%

Old Dominion University

5.7%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

5.7%

Drexel University

5.7%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

5.7%

University of Alabama

5.2%

New Mexico State University

5.2%

Michigan State University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

San Diego State University

4.8%

Auburn University

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.3%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.8%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.3%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.3%

Athens State University

3.3%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

15.5%

Business

14.0%

Civil Engineering

14.0%

Mechanical Engineering

13.6%

Drafting And Design

5.5%

Computer Science

4.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.6%

Engineering

3.8%

Chemical Engineering

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Management

2.3%

Industrial Engineering

2.1%

Accounting

2.1%

Project Management

2.0%

Engineering Technology

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Geography

1.8%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Civil Engineering Technologies

1.7%

Construction Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.3%

Other

20.6%

Masters

13.3%

Associate

12.5%

Certificate

4.0%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.4%
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Real Engineering Aide Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineer Senior CAD Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2015 $158,030 -
$177,862
Engineer, Senior Staff-CAD Broadcom Corporation San Diego, CA Oct 29, 2012 $134,526
Engineer Senior CAD Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 01, 2015 $127,642 -
$155,019
Engineer Senior CAD Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 29, 2013 $125,164 -
$170,000
Engineer Senior CAD Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 12, 2011 $119,059
Engineer, SR. Staff-CAD Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Dec 13, 2015 $110,429
Engineer CAD Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jun 08, 2012 $104,720
Engineer, Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) B/E Aerospace, Inc. Winston-Salem, NC Nov 01, 2013 $103,830
Engineer Senior CAD Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 15, 2011 $103,000
Engineer SR CAD Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 09, 2014 $99,461 -
$126,505
Engineer Cad/Cam Satyam Computer Services Ltd Stafford, TX Jul 15, 2013 $95,056
Engineer, Staff II-CAD Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Dec 13, 2012 $94,120
Engineer, Staff I-CAD Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Sep 19, 2013 $88,000
Engineer, CAD Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 02, 2015 $87,607
Engineer, Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Be Aerospace, Inc. Winston-Salem, NC May 11, 2015 $86,258 -
$107,724
Engineer, Staff I-CAD Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Dec 21, 2016 $82,000
Engineer, CAD Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 17, 2014 $82,000 -
$85,000
Engineer CAD Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 01, 2015 $81,415 -
$127,641
Engineer Cad/Cam Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Fayetteville, GA May 24, 2015 $80,600
Engineer, Analog CAD CSR Technology Inc. Tempe, AZ Nov 19, 2015 $78,616 -
$92,518
Engineer Cad/Cam Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Carson, CA May 06, 2014 $76,066
Engineer-Cad/Cam Satyam Computer Services Limited Jersey City, NJ Nov 12, 2010 $70,366 -
$81,000
Engineer, CAD Design Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Jun 12, 2015 $69,019 -
$79,000
Engineer, CAD Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 03, 2013 $68,000 -
$88,000
Engineer-Cad/Cam Satyam Computer Services Limited Cupertino, CA Oct 26, 2010 $67,787 -
$77,000
Engineer-Cad/Cam Satyam Computer Services Ltd. Little Rock, AR Feb 13, 2012 $67,573
Engineer, Analog CAD CSR Technology Inc. Tempe, AZ Aug 01, 2014 $67,000 -
$91,000
Engineer CAD/Cam Satyam Computer Services Limited Warren, NJ May 14, 2010 $66,477 -
$76,477

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Top Skills for An Engineering Aide

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  1. Database
  2. Engineering Department
  3. CAD
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  • Designed and implemented contractor billing database which improved transparency and increased contractor accountability.
  • Appointed responsibility for the maintenance and calibration of all test equipment assigned to Test Engineering Department.
  • Operated CAD/CAM system to generate two-dimensional mechanical drawings.
  • Communicate with clients regarding technical issues, explain procedures and requirements for product safety evaluations.
  • Provided laboratory testing and documentation of commercial and general aviation products including pressure drop, efficiency, and life testing.

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