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Become An Engineering Technician

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Working As An Engineering Technician

  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Make Decisions

  • $68,133

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Technician 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.


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 Technician

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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132,197 Engineering Technician jobs

Nana Regional Corporation
Livermore, CA
Engineering Tech I

$75,816 Estimated

Air Force Personnel Center
Andrews Air Force Base, MD
Engineering Technician

$75,984 Estimated

U.S. Pacific Fleet, Commander In Chief
Urban Honolulu, HI

$68,132 Estimated

Air National Guard Units (Title 32/Title 5)
Riverside, CA

$85,199 Estimated

Normal, IL
Engineering Technician

$64,697 Estimated

Naval Facilities Engineering Command
Yuma, AZ

$65,948 Estimated

Viva USA Inc.
Louisville, KY
Engineering Technician

$66,450 Estimated

Kelly Services
Fort Collins, CO
Electronics Engineering Laboratory Technician

$73,408 Estimated

Naval Air Systems Command
Jacksonville, FL

$77,759 Estimated

Naval Facilities Engineering Command
San Diego, CA

$81,338 Estimated

Indian Health Service
Bemidji, MN
Engineering Technician

$64,208 Estimated

Naval Facilities Engineering Command
Jacksonville, FL

$77,759 Estimated

Army Installation Management Command
Fort Meade, MD
Engineering Technician

$85,212 Estimated

U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Engineering Technician

$85,212 Estimated

Emerson Electric
McKinney, TX
Engineering Technician Co-op

$62,301 Estimated

Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
Dublin, CA
Engineering Technician

$75,816 Estimated

Naval Air Systems Command
China Lake Acres, CA

$75,816 Estimated

Indian Health Service
Bemidji, MN
Engineering Technician

$64,208 Estimated

Interspec, LLC
Virginia Beach, VA
Engineering Technician

$78,699 Estimated

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
San Diego, CA
Engineering Technician

$81,338 Estimated

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Real Engineering Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Zonal Isolation Segment Engineering Technical Authority BP America Inc. Houston, TX Jul 15, 2015 $217,900
Head of Technology, Engineering and Technology Elsevier Inc. New York, NY Sep 10, 2015 $195,300 -
Firmware Engineer-Technologist Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Santa Ana, CA Aug 24, 2016 $183,914 -
Technical Hsse Engineer Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. LA Apr 01, 2016 $166,900
Director Mems Engineering Technology Pixtronix, Inc. Andover, MA Jun 19, 2015 $166,275 -
Engineer V DEV Tech Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 25, 2016 $156,737 -
Director of Engineering & Information Technology Apmex, Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Jan 11, 2016 $156,082
Biochemical Engineer-Technical Pfizer Inc. Collegeville, PA Aug 22, 2016 $154,000 -
Software Engineer-Technologist HGST, Inc. Lincoln, MA Jan 13, 2015 $150,000
Software Engineer-Technical Solutions Symphony Communication Services New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $150,000
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Top Skills for An Engineering Technician


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Top Engineering Technician Skills

  1. Test Procedures
  2. CAD
  3. Lab Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Plan, document, and execute test procedures to verify compliance specifications of array.
  • Performed duties in Structural steel AutoCAD which included the preparation of working drawings and details for assembly of steel commercial structures.
  • Operated and maintained lab equipment to ensure safety, accuracy and testing efficiency.
  • Experienced trainer in the Safety & Health field of work, private industries.
  • Maintained, diagnosed and serviced customer's computers as well as trained many in the operation of new software and hardware.

Top Engineering Technician Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Engineering Technician

  1. Mantech International Corporation
  2. Bae Systems
  3. Intel Corporation
  4. Flextronics
  5. United States Army
  6. Lockheed Martin
  7. United States Air Force
  8. Northrop Grumman
  9. IBM
  10. CGI Federal
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