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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
  • $62,691

    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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84,259 Engineering Assistant jobs

The Reserves Network
Mentor, OH
Engineering Assistant

$58,825 Estimated

Tetra Tech
Orlando, FL
Engineering Assistant Intern - Orlando

$82,390 Estimated

Tetra Tech
New Orleans, LA
Engineering Assistant Intern - New Orleans

$58,633 Estimated

Windsor, CT
Engineering Assistant

$75,647 Estimated

Niles, MI
Engineering Assistant

$59,938 Estimated

CHC Consulting
Orange, CA
Engineering Assistant

$70,719 Estimated

Spokane, WA
Engineering Assistant

$62,691 Estimated

University of Alaska
Anchorage, AK
UAA - College of Engineering Grad Asst Teaching Pool

$62,691 Estimated

Catalent Pharma Solutions
San Diego, CA
Metrology Engineering Assistant (Intern)

$55,472 Estimated

Cumuls Broadcasting
Little Rock, AR
Part-Time Engineering Assistant

$62,691 Estimated

Belcan Corporation
Cincinnati, OH
Engineering Assistant

$58,825 Estimated

Cumulus Media
Little Rock, AR
Part-Time Engineering Assistant

$62,691 Estimated

Engineering Associates
Irvine, CA
Engineering Assistant - Upland, CA

$70,719 Estimated

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
Prescott, AR
Quality Engineering Assistant

$62,691 Estimated

Engineering Associates
Fresno, CA
Engineering Assistant - Fresno, CA

$70,000 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Cockeysville, MD
Engineering Assistant

$62,691 Estimated

L-3 National Security Solutions
Broken Arrow, OK
Engineering Assistant

$71,469 Estimated

Huntingtown, MD
Engineering Assistant

$71,521 Estimated

Orlando, FL
Engineering Assistant

$56,071 Estimated

Baltimore, MD
Engineering Assistant

$62,691 Estimated

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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 Apr 16, 2016 $105,781 -
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 Sep 09, 2013 $100,000 -
Software Engineer (Assistant Director) Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA Sep 23, 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 -
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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.

Top Engineering Assistant Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Engineering Assistant

  1. United States Air Force
  2. Alabama Department of Transportation
  3. Texas Department of Transportation
  4. Pronet
  5. Md Engineering Group
  6. Miguel G. Molina & Associates
  7. Progress Rail Services
  8. Eagles Flight
  9. Mead & Hunt
  10. Transcom
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