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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 Latino11.5%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix15.0%
Tri-County Technical College6.8%
Murray State University6.8%
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College4.8%
Texas A&M University4.8%
Southern New Hampshire University4.8%
University of Texas at Austin4.8%
Hopkinsville Community College4.8%
University of Tennessee - Knoxville4.1%
Arizona State University4.1%
Southern Illinois University Carbondale4.1%
Community College of the Air Force4.1%
Eastern Kentucky University4.1%
Indiana Wesleyan University4.1%
Wayne State University3.4%
George Washington University3.4%
West Virginia University3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Director of Product Technology Planning||Sandisk Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Nov 12, 2015||$187,858 -
|Director, Cloud Products & Technology||Infovity, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Oct 28, 2016||$180,000|
|Head of Digital Products and Technology||Project Healthy Living, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 11, 2015||$180,000|
|Product Specific Technologist||Teksystems, Inc.||Concord, CA||Aug 02, 2016||$171,134|
|Product Specific Technologist||Teksystems, Inc.||Concord, CA||Jul 06, 2016||$171,134|
|Director, Product and Technology Finance||Docusign, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 18, 2015||$165,000|
|Director, Product and Technology Finance||Docusign, Inc.||Seattle, WA||May 18, 2015||$165,000|
|Technology Product Specialst||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Feb 26, 2016||$152,901|
|Principal Product Management-Technical||A2Z Development Center, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Nov 14, 2016||$150,000 -
|Manager, Product-Content Technology||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jan 04, 2016||$145,000|
|Senior Manager, Product Technology and Innovation||Disney Worldwide Services, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Aug 31, 2015||$145,000|
|Product Specific Technologist||Teksystems, Inc.||Agoura Hills, CA||Aug 31, 2015||$125,220|
|Senior Manager-Product Technology||Innotrac Corporation||Johns Creek, GA||Jan 04, 2016||$118,000 -
|Business Analyst, Operations and Cross Product Technology||Barclays Services Corp||New York, NY||Apr 21, 2015||$115,000|
|Product Technical Lead-US||Infosys Limited||New York, NY||Oct 09, 2016||$91,359|
|Product Specific Technologist||Iris Software, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Aug 02, 2016||$90,000|
|Product Technical Lead-US||Infosys Limited||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 17, 2015||$89,739|
|Product Technical Lead-US||Infosys Limited||San Jose, CA||Aug 15, 2015||$89,739|
|Product Technical Lead-US||Infosys Limited||San Francisco, CA||Aug 08, 2015||$89,378|
|Product Technical Lead-US||Infosys Limited||Seattle, WA||Jul 25, 2016||$88,535|
|Product Technical Lead-US||Infosys Limited||New York, NY||Dec 19, 2016||$88,394|
|Product Technical Lead-US||Infosys Limited||Bellevue, WA||Aug 15, 2015||$86,799|
|Product Technical Lead-US||Infosys Limited||Charlotte, NC||Aug 03, 2015||$80,726|
|Product Technical Lead-US||Infosys Limited||Englewood, CO||May 08, 2016||$80,561|
|Product Technical Lead-US||Infosys Limited||El Segundo, CA||Aug 08, 2015||$80,341|
|Product Technical Lead-US||Infosys Limited||Cranston, RI||Aug 18, 2016||$80,329|
|Product Technical Lead-US||Infosys Limited||Philadelphia, PA||Jul 30, 2015||$80,155|
|Co-Founder, Product and Technology||Code4Startup Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 12, 2015||$80,000|
|Product Technical Lead-US||Infosys Limited||Richardson, TX||Oct 10, 2015||$79,081|
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