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Working As An Engineering Technician

  • 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
  • $85,041

    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.

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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.

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 Technician Career Paths

Engineering Technician
Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Designer Senior Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Product Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Lead Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Quality Assurance Analyst Quality Assurance Specialist
Quality Assurance Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Instructor Research Scientist Senior Scientist
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager President Group Leader
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Systems Engineer Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Test Technician 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 11.8%
Internship 5.0%
Engineer 3.4%
Draftsman 3.3%
Supervisor 2.9%
Manager 2.7%
Top Employers After
Technician 8.6%
Engineer 6.6%
Owner 3.7%
Manager 3.0%

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Engineering Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

83.4%

Female

14.4%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

9.3%

Unknown

4.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.7%

French

6.7%

Chinese

4.8%

Russian

3.9%

German

3.9%

Carrier

3.5%

Mandarin

3.3%

Japanese

3.2%

Portuguese

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Italian

2.3%

Vietnamese

2.1%

Cantonese

1.2%

Hindi

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Korean

0.9%

Ukrainian

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Cherokee

0.7%

Romanian

0.7%
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Engineering Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.6%

Community College of the Air Force

8.8%

Pennsylvania State University

6.5%

University of Houston

5.1%

Old Dominion University

4.7%

Arizona State University

4.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.6%

Purdue University

4.4%

San Jose State University

4.3%

Austin Community College

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

Oklahoma State University

4.0%

Drexel University

4.0%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.7%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.6%

University of Texas at Austin

3.0%

Thomas Edison State University

3.0%

More Tech Institute

3.0%

Trident Technical College

2.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

20.9%

Business

12.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.3%

Mechanical Engineering

8.5%

Civil Engineering

6.3%

Computer Science

5.3%

Drafting And Design

4.9%

Engineering

3.8%

Industrial Technology

3.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Information Technology

2.9%

Management

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Engineering Technology

2.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Automotive Technology

2.1%

General Studies

1.9%

Chemical Engineering

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Education

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.3%

Other

24.4%

Associate

21.2%

Masters

10.2%

Certificate

5.1%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.2%
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Real Engineering Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Hsse Engineer Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. LA Apr 01, 2016 $166,900
Engineer V DEV Tech Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 25, 2016 $156,737 -
$219,000
Technical Engineer-ISD East Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Reston, VA Oct 19, 2015 $146,300
Windchill Technology Engineer Kalypso LP Boerne, TX Aug 31, 2016 $145,600
Identity and Access Management Engineering Technician AIG Employee Services, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Dec 10, 2015 $145,000
Engineer III DEV Tech S/W Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 19, 2016 $142,376 -
$164,381
Windchill Technology Engineer Kalypso LP San Diego, CA Mar 09, 2015 $136,500
Windchill Technology Engineer Kalypso LP Boerne, TX Mar 09, 2015 $136,500
Technical Engineer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Feb 23, 2016 $134,638
Cloud Platform Engineer-Consumer Digital Technology NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Aug 17, 2015 $130,000
Technical Engineer Teksystems Global Services LLC Richmond, IN Aug 10, 2016 $121,411
Core Tech Engineer Blockstream USA Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2015 $120,000 -
$180,000
Hybrid Engineer, Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle Technology FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Nov 07, 2015 $97,200
Engineer, Broadcast Technology Dolby Laboratories, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 16, 2015 $97,108 -
$100,355
OEM Technical Engineer Turbomeca USA, Inc. Columbus, MS Feb 18, 2015 $95,347 -
$100,000
Technical Engineer Occam's Paradigm, Inc. Baltimore, MD Sep 09, 2016 $95,000
Technology Engineer Eastern Technologies, Inc. Ashford, AL Mar 16, 2016 $95,000
Engineer, IT Freedom Mortgage Corporation Cherry Hill, NJ Jan 12, 2016 $95,000
Technology Fluidization Engineer Ascend Performance Materials, LLC Alvin, TX Jun 15, 2015 $95,000
Engineering Technician I Canon U.S.A., Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 20, 2016 $94,040
Technical Engineer Metamation Inc. Elk Grove Village, IL Sep 02, 2015 $76,606
Engineering Technician UST Global Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 11, 2015 $75,816
Technical Expertise Center Engineer Alcatel-Lucent USA, Inc. (DBA Nokia) Raleigh, NC Jul 09, 2016 $75,000
Engineering Technician Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 21, 2015 $74,516 -
$76,000
Engineer-IT Criticalriver, Inc. Milpitas, CA Dec 16, 2016 $74,443
Technical Engineer 2 Arrow Electronics Portland, OR Jun 23, 2016 $74,443
Engineer-IT Criticalriver, Inc. Milpitas, CA Dec 15, 2016 $74,443
Principal Engineer IT Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY May 13, 2015 $74,402 -
$121,000

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Top Skills for An Engineering Technician

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  1. Test Plans
  2. Lab
  3. Safety
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  • Interpreted Engineers requests and expectations and developed test plans accordingly.
  • Supported Quality Program needs: operational qualification of laboratory equipment (sterilizer, moisture analyzers, shipping containers, etc.)
  • Assisted the 5.4 Facilities coordinator by giving facility safety briefs as well as provided facility coordinator with a monthly discrepancy report.
  • Managed computer software and hardware configurations accomplishing preparation of computers for seamless installation at the designated sites.
  • Engineered printed circuit boards, designed and customized schematic diagrams, and produced mechanical and electronic prototypes.

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