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Working As A Product Development 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
  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Product Development 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 A Product Development 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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Product Development Technician Career Paths

Product Development Technician
Research And Development Technician Product Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Technician Product Manager
Product Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Technician Product Manager Vice President
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Product Developer Consultant Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Product Developer Consultant Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Product Developer Consultant Senior Engineer
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Production Supervisor
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Product Development Scientist Senior Scientist
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Product Development Scientist Senior Scientist Senior Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Product Development Scientist Senior Scientist Group Leader
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Manager Production Manager
Continuous Improvement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Design Technician Engineering Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Technician Designer Production Manager
Business Unit Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Technician Design Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Research And Development Technician Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Product Development Engineer Lead Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Top Careers Before Product Development Technician
Technician 7.4%
Internship 5.5%
Top Careers After Product Development Technician
Consultant 4.9%
Owner 3.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
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$47,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$137,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Kellogg
Highest Paying City
Redwood City, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.1 years
How much does a Product Development Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Product Development Technician in the United States is $80,952 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $47,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $137,000.

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Top Skills for A Product Development Technician

  1. New Product Development
  2. Lab Equipment
  3. Test Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participated in new product development trials; collected/analyzed data and presented recommendations to the team.
  • Managed training of new engineers, interns and co-ops on safe use of lab equipment and tools.
  • Interpreted technical specifications, prepared by engineers, to determine appropriate test procedures.
  • Analyzed prototype formulation for problems and made corrective changes for improvement.
  • Tested syringe related products on their effectiveness * Organized lab duties and conducted regular lab maintenance

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  4. Washington
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  6. Minnesota
  7. Texas
  8. Oklahoma
  9. New Hampshire
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Product Development Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

62.0%

Female

29.6%

Unknown

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

63.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

9.9%

Asian

9.6%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.3%

Portuguese

3.6%

Nepali

3.6%

Chinese

3.6%

Hebrew

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

French

3.6%

Mandarin

3.6%

Hindi

3.6%

Russian

3.6%

Italian

3.6%
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Product Development Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.7%

Pennsylvania State University

10.7%

Fashion Institute of Technology

8.7%

New York University

4.9%

Ramapo College of New Jersey

4.9%

Ohio State University

4.9%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.9%

Iowa State University

4.9%

Northeastern University

4.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.9%

Ferris State University

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.9%

Macomb Community College

3.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.9%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.9%

Austin Community College

3.9%

Purdue University

3.9%

University of Florida

2.9%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

2.9%

Villanova University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

16.6%

Electrical Engineering

10.4%

Chemistry

9.5%

Biology

8.6%

Food Science

7.9%

Graphic Design

6.1%

Mechanical Engineering

5.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.1%

Drafting And Design

3.9%

Computer Science

3.4%

Management

3.4%

Automotive Technology

2.7%

Engineering

2.7%

Marketing

2.5%

Project Management

2.3%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Industrial Technology

2.0%

Chemical Engineering

2.0%

Information Technology

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.3%

Other

17.7%

Associate

16.1%

Masters

15.3%

Certificate

4.3%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

2.0%

License

0.1%
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