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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
  • $66,000

    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 Career Paths

Engineering Assistant
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Systems Engineer Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Manager Owner
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Process Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager
Product Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Systems Engineer Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Area Manager Production Manager
Continuous Improvement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Senior Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Quality Engineer
Assistant Manager Of Quality
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Senior Technologist Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Engineering Aide 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Engineering Assistant
Internship 10.4%
Cashier 5.7%
Assistant 4.9%
Technician 4.2%
Engineer 3.4%
Supervisor 3.3%
Manager 3.1%
Top Careers After Engineering Assistant
Engineer 7.2%
Internship 5.7%
Manager 4.0%
Owner 3.9%
Technician 3.9%
Cashier 3.8%
Assistant 3.3%

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Engineering Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

61.0%

Female

28.8%

Unknown

10.2%
Ethnicity

White

56.7%

Hispanic or Latino

17.4%

Asian

11.4%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.4%

French

8.9%

Chinese

8.0%

Mandarin

5.6%

German

4.2%

Arabic

3.7%

Japanese

3.4%

Portuguese

2.3%

Cantonese

2.1%

Russian

2.0%

Vietnamese

1.8%

Italian

1.8%

Korean

1.5%

Carrier

1.4%

Hindi

1.0%

Kurdish

0.4%

Greek

0.4%

Polish

0.4%

Swedish

0.3%

Marathi

0.3%
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Engineering Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.4%

Drexel University

7.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.1%

Texas A&M University

5.8%

Northeastern University

5.7%

Pennsylvania State University

5.2%

Purdue University

5.2%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.5%

San Jose State University

4.5%

University of Houston

4.4%

Arizona State University

4.4%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

4.4%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

University of Central Florida

3.8%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

3.6%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.5%

Michigan State University

3.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.3%

North Carolina State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

17.0%

Mechanical Engineering

15.4%

Civil Engineering

12.5%

Electrical Engineering

11.8%

Computer Science

4.6%

Engineering

4.5%

Drafting And Design

4.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.4%

Chemical Engineering

3.0%

Management

2.7%

Accounting

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Industrial Engineering

2.3%

Communication

2.2%

General Studies

2.1%

Computer Engineering

2.0%

Construction Management

2.0%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

Project Management

1.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Other

21.3%

Masters

14.8%

Associate

12.3%

Certificate

4.6%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
$66,000
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$44,000
Min 10%
$66,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Median 50%
$98,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Moody's
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does an Engineering Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Engineering Assistant in the United States is $66,243 per year or $32 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $44,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $98,000.

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
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 Jun 01, 2015 $125,000 -
$135,453
Senior Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Mar 28, 2015 $120,230 -
$122,358
Senior Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Dec 10, 2015 $117,603 -
$150,446
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 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
Assistant Attending Engineer Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Apr 01, 2015 $113,429
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 Massachusetts General Physician's Organization MA Sep 01, 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

  1. CAD
  2. Engineering Department
  3. Test Cases
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  • Develop component, sub-system configurations and used CAD programs to create detailed design and specifications.
  • Scheduled construction by coordinating with the Construction, Work Management and Engineering departments for schedule adherence and provided detailed productivity reports.
  • Execute the automated test cases and report results and issues in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Assisted in day-to-day database management, interviewed data entry applicants, and supervised five data entry operators.
  • Develop manufacturing methods, labor utilization standards, and cost analysis systems to promote efficient staff and facility utilization.

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