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Become An Engineering Assistant

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Working As An Engineering Assistant

  • 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
  • $71,521

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Assistant Do

An Engineering Assistant is responsible for resolving engineering problems. They collect and analyze information and research, modify engineering techniques, and assist with the preparation of the budget for the engineering section of a company.

How To Become An Engineering Assistant

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.


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 Assistant Career Paths

Engineering Assistant
Electrical Engineer Systems Engineer Sales Engineer
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Manager Operations Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Field Engineer Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Engineering Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Software Engineer
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
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Engineering Assistant Demographics


  • Male

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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Arabic

  • Hindi

  • Cantonese

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • Carrier

  • Portuguese

  • Vietnamese

  • Korean

  • Gujarati

  • Kurdish

  • Dakota

  • Swedish

  • Urdu

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Real Engineering Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Apr 16, 2016 $117,603 -
Assistant Attending Engineer Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Apr 01, 2015 $113,429
Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Oct 19, 2015 $105,781 -
Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Apr 16, 2016 $105,781 -
Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Sep 23, 2013 $100,000 -
Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2013 $100,000 -
Assistant Elec Engr Brookhaven National Laboratory NY Jan 16, 2015 $99,216
Asst. Engineer Brookhaven National Laboratory NY Oct 01, 2013 $98,600
Asst. Elec. Engineer Brookhaven National Laboratory NY Oct 01, 2013 $95,600
Senior Financial Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics New York, NY Aug 11, 2014 $93,912 -
Implementation Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Feb 24, 2014 $93,267 -
Engineering Assistant Prohns LLC Haines, AK Jan 06, 2016 $73,045 -
Assistant Engineer Hazen and Sawyer, P.C. Boston, MA May 27, 2014 $73,000
Assistant Engineer Hazen and Sawyer, P.C. Fort Worth, TX Dec 02, 2013 $73,000
Assistant Engineer Hazen and Sawyer, P.C. Rocky Hill, CT Jun 21, 2015 $72,405
Assistant Engineer Hazen and Sawyer, P.C. Rocky Hill, CT Jun 20, 2016 $72,405
Structural Engineering Assistant Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2015 $72,294
Staff Engineer/Engineering Assistant Alaska Dept of Transportation & Public Facilities Juneau, AK Aug 18, 2014 $72,208
Engineering Assistant I/II/III Flexibly Staffed State of Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Juneau, AK Jan 04, 2016 $64,488
Assistant Engineer Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 24, 2015 $64,480
Assistant Engineer Hazen and Sawyer, P.C. New York, NY Aug 24, 2015 $62,546
Assistant Engineer Future Tech Consultants of New York, Inc. Mineola, NY Oct 01, 2015 $62,485
Assistant Engineer Hazen and Sawyer, P.C. Fairfax, VA Aug 24, 2015 $62,400
Engineer (Assistant) Turner Construction Kansas City, MO Aug 31, 2016 $62,000
Assistant Engineer University of Florida Gainesville, FL Dec 27, 2016 $62,000

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Top Skills for An Engineering Assistant


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Top Engineering Assistant Skills

  1. Auto CAD
  2. Test Procedures
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked with R&D to master physical construction & operational principle of products by Auto CAD.
  • Document all test procedures and utilize Engineering Test Verification Forms.
  • Performed job safety analyses and received workplace safety training.
  • Manage digital and manual unit level data entry.
  • Worked as an assistant engineer and gained familiarity with all manner of engineering systems and operations.

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