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Working As A Product 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
  • $76,796

    Average Salary

What Does A Product 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 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 Technician jobs

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Product Technician Career Paths

Product Technician
Warehouse Associate Security Officer Account Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Systems Administrator
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Engineer Quality Engineer
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Maintenance Technician Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Technician Technical Support Specialist
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Service Manager General Manager
Managing Partner
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer Operations Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Trainee Branch Manager Account Executive
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Account Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Production Supervisor Operations Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Correction Officer Technician Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Quality Control Inspector Quality Control Manager
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Trainee General Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Correction Officer Case Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Product Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

80.5%

Female

17.8%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

78.0%

Hispanic or Latino

11.5%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.6%

Portuguese

6.9%

French

6.9%

Mandarin

5.6%

Japanese

4.2%

Hungarian

2.8%

Chinese

2.8%

German

2.8%

Greek

2.8%

Arabic

2.8%

Cantonese

1.4%

Cheyenne

1.4%

Navajo

1.4%

Korean

1.4%

Hmong

1.4%
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Product Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.0%

Tri-County Technical College

6.8%

Murray State University

6.8%

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

4.8%

Texas A&M University

4.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.8%

University of Texas at Austin

4.8%

Hopkinsville Community College

4.8%

Liberty University

4.8%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.1%

Villanova University

4.1%

Arizona State University

4.1%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.1%

Community College of the Air Force

4.1%

Stanford University

4.1%

Eastern Kentucky University

4.1%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.1%

Wayne State University

3.4%

George Washington University

3.4%

West Virginia University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

24.7%

Electrical Engineering

11.9%

Criminal Justice

7.0%

Computer Science

6.7%

General Studies

5.1%

Computer Information Systems

4.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.2%

Information Technology

3.9%

Management

3.8%

Graphic Design

3.0%

Computer Networking

3.0%

Automotive Technology

2.8%

Communication

2.8%

Marketing

2.8%

Industrial Technology

2.6%

Biology

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Finance

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%

Computer Engineering

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.5%

Other

29.5%

Associate

16.3%

Masters

11.6%

Certificate

5.5%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.3%
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Real Product Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Product Specific Technologist Teksystems, Inc. Concord, CA Jul 06, 2016 $171,134
Product Specific Technologist Teksystems, Inc. Concord, CA Aug 02, 2016 $171,134
Senior Product Mananger 1-Technical Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 06, 2014 $148,000
Product Technologist Consultant Dell Marketing L.P. Santa Clara, CA Sep 28, 2015 $142,000
Product Technologist Consultant Dell Marketing LP Santa Clara, CA Sep 14, 2016 $142,000
Product Technologist Consultant Dell Marketing L.P. Santa Clara, CA Nov 14, 2014 $142,000
Product Technologist Consultant Dell Marketing, LP Austin, TX Sep 23, 2012 $141,094
Product Specific Technologist Data, Inc. Montvale, NJ Mar 11, 2014 $140,000 -
$160,000
Product Specific Technologist Data, Inc. Montvale, NJ Jan 20, 2014 $132,000 -
$138,000
Product Specific Technologist Teksystems, Inc. Agoura Hills, CA Aug 31, 2015 $125,220
Product Specific Technologist Data, Inc. Montvale, NJ Feb 24, 2014 $120,000 -
$145,000
Product Technologist Orion Health, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Dec 01, 2011 $120,000
Product Specific Technologist Data, Inc. Montvale, NJ Nov 09, 2014 $116,000 -
$125,000
Product Specific Technologist Data, Inc. Montvale, NJ Feb 01, 2014 $116,000 -
$125,000
Product Specific Technologist Data, Inc. Montvale, NJ Sep 03, 2013 $100,000 -
$140,000
Product Specific Technologist Data, Inc. Montvale, NJ Sep 15, 2015 $100,000 -
$185,000
Product Specific Technologist Data, Inc. Montvale, NJ Sep 29, 2015 $100,000 -
$185,000
Product Specific Technologist Data, Inc. Montvale, NJ Feb 24, 2014 $100,000 -
$130,000
Product Specific Technologist Data, Inc. Montvale, NJ Nov 26, 2015 $100,000 -
$150,000
Product Specific Technologist Data, Inc. Montvale, NJ Aug 19, 2013 $100,000 -
$125,000
Product Specific Technologist Data, Inc. Montvale, NJ Jul 22, 2013 $100,000
Product Technologist Sabic Innovative Plastics Us LLC Vernon, IN Sep 30, 2014 $98,000
Product Specific Technologist Iris Software, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Aug 02, 2016 $90,000
Product Specific Technologist Data, Inc. Montvale, NJ Aug 28, 2013 $90,000 -
$115,000
Product Technologist Sabic Innovative Plastics Vernon, IN Sep 21, 2011 $90,000
Lead Product Technologist Sabic Innovative Plastics Columbus, IN Sep 08, 2010 $90,000
Product Technologist Sabic Innovative Plastics Vernon, IN Sep 05, 2011 $89,000
Product Technologist Sabic Innovative Plastics Vernon, IN Sep 05, 2011 $87,000

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Top Skills for A Product Technician

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Top Product Technician Skills

  1. Product Development
  2. Certify Merchandise
  3. Delivery Vehicle
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide technical support to both manufacturing and product development.
  • Clean and certify merchandise in the Certification Zone for all items personally returned.
  • Load secure and protect product in delivery vehicle and safely transport merchandise ensure delivery schedule is followed
  • Designated shift customer service representative.
  • Conduct daily inspection of assigned delivery vehicle to ensure safety and maintenance guidelines are met.

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