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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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Hispanic or Latino11.7%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix17.9%
Wake Technical Community College7.1%
Arizona State University6.2%
Mesa Community College - Boswell5.1%
Grand Rapids Community College4.9%
Austin Community College4.9%
El Paso Community College4.0%
Community College of the Air Force4.0%
Texas A&M University4.0%
Corning Community College4.0%
San Jose State University4.0%
Oregon State University3.8%
Greenville Technical College3.8%
Iowa State University3.8%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro3.5%
Pennsylvania State University3.5%
North Carolina State University3.3%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Director, Loan Processing Technology||Merrill Lynch||New York, NY||Aug 19, 2011||$165,400 -
|Process Technology Development Engineeer||Crossbar, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Sep 15, 2010||$140,000|
|Process Technology Engineering Superintendent||BP America Inc.||Texas City, TX||Jan 28, 2011||$137,370 -
|Supervisor of Aseptic Filling & Processing Technology||Steuben Foods||Elma, NY||Dec 02, 2016||$125,000|
|Manager, Process Technology and Engineering||Ingenero Inc.||Houston, TX||Jul 09, 2016||$120,000|
|Director of Gas Processing Technologies||FNX Technologies, LLC||Sunrise, FL||Sep 09, 2013||$120,000|
|Manager Business Process/Technology||Draeger Medical Systems Inc.||Andover, MA||Jan 08, 2016||$108,368 -
|Lead Rolling Process Technologist||Novelis Corporation||Kennesaw, GA||Sep 19, 2014||$107,927|
|Process Technology Engineer||Sabic Innovative Plastics Us LLC||Vernon, IN||Sep 30, 2010||$102,890|
|Software Engineer-Process Technology Modeling||Intel Corporation||Hillsboro, OR||Jul 10, 2012||$100,110 -
|Software Engineer-Process Technology Modeling||Intel Corporation||Hillsboro, OR||Aug 09, 2012||$100,110 -
|Software Engineer-Process Technology Modeling||Intel Corporation||Hillsboro, OR||Aug 17, 2012||$100,110 -
|Software Engineer-Process Technology Modelling||Intel Corporation||Hillsboro, OR||Jul 12, 2015||$99,653 -
|Process Technology Engineer||Sabic Innovative Plastics Us LLC||Sugar Land, TX||Oct 18, 2013||$90,000|
|Process Technology Engineer||Sabic Innovative Plastics Us LLC||Vernon, IN||Jul 29, 2014||$90,000|
|Process Technology Engineer||Sabic Innovative Plastics Us LLC||NY||Aug 24, 2012||$90,000|
|Process Technology Engineer||Sabic Innovative Plastics Us LLC||Ottawa, IL||Aug 21, 2013||$90,000|
|Process Technology Engineer||Sabic Innovative Plastics Us LLC||Mount Vernon, IN||Aug 23, 2013||$90,000|
|Process Technology Engineer||Sabic Innovative Plastics Us LLC||Mount Vernon, IN||Aug 24, 2013||$90,000|
|Caster Process Technician||Nucor Steel Memphis||Memphis, TN||Oct 24, 2014||$89,544|
|Corporate Process Technology Engineer||Citgo Petroleum Corporation||Houston, TX||Sep 29, 2012||$89,060|
|Process Technology Engineer III||Bayer Business and Technology Services, LLC||Baytown, TX||Sep 19, 2011||$80,500|
|Process Technology Engineer||Belcan Services Group, LP||Baytown, TX||Jan 07, 2013||$80,017|
|Process Technology Engineer||Bayer Business and Technology Services, LLC||Baytown, TX||Jan 15, 2011||$80,000|
|Process Technology Engineer||Belcan Services Group, LP||Baytown, TX||Feb 06, 2012||$80,000|
|Process Technology Engineer||Bayer Business and Technology Services, LLC||Baytown, TX||Dec 16, 2009||$80,000|
|Specialist Process Technology||Thyssenkrupp Steel USA, LLC||Calvert, AL||Sep 01, 2013||$79,206 -
|Process Technology Engineer||Belcan Services Group, LP||Baytown, TX||Sep 30, 2015||$79,160|
|Process Technology Engineer II||Westlake Chemical Corporation||Longview, TX||Apr 17, 2015||$78,620 -
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