Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Become An Engineering Technician

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

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

  • $71,402

    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.

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.

Show More

Show Less

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.

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.

Show More

Show Less

Engineering Technician jobs

Add To My Jobs
What type of job are your looking for?
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

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 -
$205,300
Firmware Engineer-Technologist Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Santa Ana, CA Aug 24, 2016 $183,914 -
$219,900
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 -
$232,100
Engineer V DEV Tech Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 25, 2016 $156,737 -
$219,000
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 -
$200,000
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

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

Show More

Top Skills for An Engineering Technician

TestProceduresCADLabEquipmentSafetyHardwarePrototypeTestEquipmentDataEntryPreventiveMaintenanceLaboratoryFacilitySetupEngineeringDepartmentWindowsRComponentLevelElectronicEquipmentTechnicalSupportTestFixturesRF

Show More

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

Engineering Technician Videos

Environmental Engineering Technicians Job Description

A Career as a Civil Engineering Technician (JTJS52010)

A Career as a Mechanical Engineering Technician (JTJS42009)