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Working As an Industrial 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
  • $61,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Industrial 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 Industrial 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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Top Careers Before Industrial Engineering Technician
Machinist 4.0%
Cashier 4.0%
Carpenter 3.4%
Internship 3.4%
Technician 3.4%
Top Careers After Industrial Engineering Technician
Owner 4.8%
Supervisor 4.0%
Technician 3.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$61,000
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$47,000
Min 10%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Intel
Highest Paying City
Fremont, CA
Highest Paying State
Oklahoma
Avg Experience Level
5.0 years
How much does an Industrial Engineering Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Industrial Engineering Technician in the United States is $61,924 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $47,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $81,000.

Real Industrial Engineering Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Industrial Engineering Technicians Rolls-Royce Energy Systems Inc. Houston, TX Aug 20, 2014 $85,854
Industrial Engineering Technicians Bodycote IMT, Inc. London, OH Nov 30, 2010 $83,346 -
$90,000
Industrial Engineering Technician Foxconn Ems, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 21, 2016 $78,062
Industrial Engineering Technologist Crystal Window & Door Systems, Ltd. NY Jan 29, 2015 $77,584
Industrial Engineering Technicians AWA DVD Inc. Fremont, CA Nov 12, 2010 $73,674
Industrial Engineering Technician Foxconn Assembly LLC Houston, TX Sep 21, 2016 $72,883
Industrial Engineer-Spin Technologies Ariens Company Brillion, WI Jan 03, 2011 $70,075 -
$82,701
Industrial Engineering Technician Bwamerica, Inc. LaGrange, GA Jun 08, 2015 $67,170
Senior Industrial Engineering Technician Autorica, LLC. LaGrange, GA Sep 29, 2015 $67,163
Industrial Engineering Technicians Us Natural Resources, Inc. or DBA USNR Woodland, WA Nov 06, 2007 $66,000
Industrial Engineering Technicians Crossvile Inc. Crossville, TN Feb 07, 2014 $65,811
Industrial Engineering Technicians Crossvile Inc. Crossville, TN Nov 14, 2012 $65,811
Industrial Engineer Technicians Applied Materials, Inc. Fremont, CA Apr 22, 2008 $63,524
Industrial Engineering Technician McLane Foodservice, Inc. Carrollton, TX Nov 24, 2011 $62,785
Industrial Engineering Technicians Robert Bosch LLC Charleston, SC Oct 16, 2008 $57,288
Value Stream Lean/Industrial Engineer Technician Mars Chocolate North America, LLC Waco, TX Oct 01, 2011 $57,054
Lndustrial Engineering Technician Robert Bosch LLC Charleston, SC Apr 12, 2010 $55,515
Industrial Engineering Technician Odessa Seperator, Inc. Odessa, TX Sep 11, 2014 $55,159
Industrial Engineering Technologist Intralox, LLC Harahan, LA Sep 18, 2014 $54,933
Industrial Engineering Technician Custom Nonwoven, Inc. Thomasville, NC Oct 14, 2015 $54,000 -
$63,000
Value Stream Industrial Engineer Technician Mars Chocolate North America, LLC Elizabethtown, PA Dec 20, 2010 $54,000
Industrial Engineering Technicians CNJ, Inc. Auburn, AL Aug 22, 2013 $53,500
Industrial Engineering Technician Rommelag USA, Inc. Evergreen, CO Oct 01, 2012 $48,381
Industrial Engineering Technician Delfingen Us Inc. Niagara Falls, NY Sep 17, 2016 $48,150
Industrial Engineering Technologist Amerril Energy LLC Houston, TX Sep 16, 2014 $48,048
Industrial Engineering Technicians Hytec Debartolo LLC Columbus, OH Aug 03, 2010 $48,000
Industrial Engineering Technicians Hytec Debartolo LLC Columbus, OH Jul 02, 2010 $48,000
Industrial Engineering Technicians Relief Valve Service, Inc. Millbrook, AL Oct 01, 2009 $48,000
Industrial Engineering Technician Kwangwon USA, Inc. Ontario, CA Nov 02, 2010 $47,694
Industrial Engineer Technician Fielding Manufacturing, Inc. Cranston, RI Sep 01, 2013 $47,500 -
$50,000

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Top Skills for An Industrial Engineering Technician

  1. Maintenance Procedures
  2. Process Improvement
  3. Production Methods
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct studies to establish standardized maintenance procedures, shop layouts, and repair operations.
  • Worked directly with machine operators, Manufacturing Engineers and Industrial Engineers on inter-departmental process improvement and cost saving measures.
  • Analyzed production methods & processes to establish manufacturing standards and reduce cost & manpower requirements.
  • Performed daily audits in the Industrial Engineering Department to assist in performing studies that would better the company.
  • Determined floor/equipment layout and WIP flow.

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Top 10 Best States for Industrial Engineering Technicians

  1. New Mexico
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Idaho
  4. Utah
  5. Maine
  6. Arkansas
  7. Texas
  8. Mississippi
  9. Kansas
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Industrial Engineering Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

68.9%

Female

24.1%

Unknown

7.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

2.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

French

8.3%

Mandarin

8.3%

Chinese

4.2%

German

4.2%

Japanese

4.2%

Italian

4.2%
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Industrial Engineering Technician Education

Schools

University of Memphis

9.1%

University of Phoenix

9.1%

Purdue University

7.6%

Weber State University

7.6%

University of Washington

6.1%

Central Georgia Technical College

4.5%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

4.5%

Wayland Baptist University

4.5%

University of Louisville

4.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Oklahoma State University

4.5%

Jamestown Community College

4.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.5%

American InterContinental University

4.5%

Alcorn State University

3.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.0%

University of Houston

3.0%

University of Alabama

3.0%

Western Carolina University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

20.9%

Industrial Engineering

19.9%

Industrial Technology

7.7%

Mechanical Engineering

5.4%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.7%

Management

4.0%

Drafting And Design

3.4%

Project Management

3.4%

Engineering

3.4%

Accounting

3.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.7%

Education

2.4%

Supply Chain Management

2.4%

Automotive Technology

2.0%

Human Resources Management

2.0%

Engineering Technology

1.7%

Computer Science

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.7%

Other

26.6%

Associate

14.4%

Masters

11.5%

Certificate

4.7%

Diploma

1.6%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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