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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

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 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.

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 Assistant jobs

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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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Average Length of Employment
Project Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Engineering Aide 3.1 years
Junior Engineer 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 15.1%
Engineer 6.8%
Technician 3.8%
Supervisor 3.4%
Cadet 3.2%
Top Employers After
Engineer 12.2%
Internship 4.5%
Manager 3.7%
Owner 3.2%
Technician 3.2%

Engineering Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

68.2%

Female

26.0%

Unknown

5.8%
Ethnicity

White

68.3%

Asian

15.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.0%

Unknown

3.1%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.0%

Chinese

11.0%

French

8.2%

Mandarin

7.1%

German

4.3%

Japanese

3.9%

Arabic

3.9%

Hindi

2.5%

Cantonese

2.5%

Italian

2.2%

Russian

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

Portuguese

1.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Korean

0.9%

Gujarati

0.6%

Kurdish

0.6%

Dakota

0.6%

Swedish

0.5%

Urdu

0.5%
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Engineering Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.6%

Drexel University

9.0%

Northeastern University

6.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.5%

Maine Maritime Academy

6.4%

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

5.4%

Full Sail University

5.4%

Texas A&M University

5.1%

San Jose State University

4.9%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

University of Houston

3.8%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.7%

Iowa State University

3.6%

University of Central Florida

3.4%

Clemson University

3.3%

Purdue University

3.3%

United States Merchant Marine Academy

3.2%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.2%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

16.7%

Civil Engineering

14.2%

Business

13.7%

Electrical Engineering

13.3%

Engineering

5.9%

Computer Science

3.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Chemical Engineering

3.0%

Management

2.8%

Drafting And Design

2.8%

Computer Engineering

2.4%

Music

2.1%

Marine Engineering

2.1%

Industrial Engineering

2.1%

Engineering Technology

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Industrial Technology

2.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Construction Management

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.8%

Masters

20.0%

Other

18.8%

Associate

10.0%

Certificate

4.0%

Doctorate

2.5%

Diploma

1.6%

License

0.3%
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Real Engineering Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant In Biomedical Engineering Massachusetts General Physician's Organization Boston, MA Jul 01, 2015 $157,200
Senior Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Jun 01, 2015 $125,000 -
$135,453
Applications Systems Engineer 6 (Assistant Vice PR Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. New York, NY Sep 09, 2013 $125,000
Senior Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Mar 28, 2015 $120,230 -
$122,358
Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Apr 16, 2016 $117,603 -
$136,924
Senior Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Dec 10, 2015 $117,603 -
$150,446
Senior Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Apr 28, 2016 $117,000 -
$150,446
Senior Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Jan 20, 2015 $114,400 -
$122,358
Senior Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Jan 19, 2012 $113,604 -
$156,384
Senior Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA May 28, 2013 $110,000 -
$115,000
Financial Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Sep 18, 2011 $110,000 -
$150,000
SR Underground Operations Engineer/Asst Superinten Small Mine Development, LLC Carlin, NV Oct 01, 2012 $98,613
Senior Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Mar 16, 2015 $94,162 -
$130,000
Senior Financial Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics New York, NY Aug 11, 2014 $93,912 -
$99,993
Implementation Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Feb 24, 2014 $93,267 -
$100,000
Senior Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics South San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2013 $92,789 -
$93,000
Senior Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Sep 18, 2011 $90,480 -
$110,000
Assistant In Biomedical Engineering General Hospital Corporation MA Jan 09, 2015 $90,000
Engineering Manager Assistant A.D. Group.Com, Corp. Davie, FL Oct 03, 2007 $72,419 -
$73,045
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
Staff Engineer/Engineering Assistant III Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facil Juneau, AK Jan 01, 2013 $70,500
Engineering Manager Assistant SMS Corporation, LLC. North Miami Beach, FL Aug 13, 2010 $69,748 -
$70,436
Staff Engineer/Engineering Assistant III Alaska Dept of Transportation & Public Facilities Juneau, AK Jan 01, 2010 $68,688
Engineer (Assistant Director for Commissioning SER University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Dec 01, 2013 $65,557

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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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