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Working As A Production 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
  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Production 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 A Production 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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Production Engineering Technician Career Paths

Production Engineering Technician
Production Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Supervisor Superintendent
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Project Manager Product Manager
Product Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Project Manager Quality Manager
Continuous Improvement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Engineer Product Manager
Business Unit Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Project Engineer Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Electrical Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Production Engineering Technician
Technician 6.8%
Internship 5.2%
Supervisor 3.1%
Top Careers After Production Engineering Technician
Technician 8.3%
Supervisor 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$79,000
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$50,000
Min 10%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$126,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Yahoo
Highest Paying City
Sunnyvale, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
4.8 years
How much does a Production Engineering Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Production Engineering Technician in the United States is $79,800 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $50,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $126,000.

Real Production Engineering Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Tech Yahoo!, Production Engineer, Principal Yahoo! Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 25, 2016 $124,979 -
$184,100
Tech Yahoo, Production Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 04, 2016 $123,197 -
$144,392
Tech Yahoo, Production Engineer, Principal Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 28, 2016 $117,645 -
$205,500
Tech Yahoo, Production Engineer, Principal Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 18, 2016 $117,645 -
$205,500
Tech Yahoo, Production Engineer, Principal Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 30, 2016 $117,645 -
$205,500
Tech Yahoo, Production ENG, Principal Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 24, 2016 $115,700 -
$205,500
Tech Yahoo, Production Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 26, 2016 $105,835 -
$149,600
Tech Yahoo, Production Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 07, 2016 $104,694 -
$149,600
Tech Yahoo, Production Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 09, 2016 $103,875 -
$149,600
Tech Yahoo, Production Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 17, 2016 $103,875 -
$139,400
Tech Yahoo, Production Enginieer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 24, 2016 $103,875 -
$139,400
Tech Yahoo, Production Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Mar 09, 2016 $103,518 -
$147,400
Tech Yahoo, Production Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 08, 2016 $103,518 -
$149,600
Tech Yahoo, Production Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 20, 2016 $103,518 -
$149,600
Tech Yahoo, Production Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 08, 2016 $103,518 -
$149,600
Tech Yahoo, Production Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 04, 2016 $103,518 -
$147,400
Tech Yahoo, Production Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 25, 2016 $100,110 -
$149,600
Tech Yahoo, Production Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 23, 2016 $100,110 -
$149,600
IT Production Engineer JEMS USA LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $100,000
Production Engineering Technician Transatlantic Petroleum Ltd. Addison, TX Oct 22, 2012 $85,000
Tech Yahoo, Production Engineer OPS Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 09, 2016 $82,576 -
$121,800
Technical Production Engineer/Production Supervisor Chromalloy Nevada Carson City, NV Jul 08, 2015 $71,947
Technical Production Engineer/Production Superviso Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corporation Carson City, NV Nov 15, 2011 $70,400
Production Engineer, Cinema Production Technology Dolby Laboratories, Inc. Burbank, CA Aug 30, 2014 $69,742 -
$100,000
Production Engineering Technician-Spotfire Developer Swift Technical Services LLC San Antonio, TX Sep 17, 2015 $68,495
Tech Yahoo, Production ENG OPS, Interm Yahoo! Inc. Lockport, NY Feb 10, 2016 $65,000 -
$110,800
Technical Production Engineer/Production Superviso Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corporation Carson City, NV Oct 02, 2009 $64,000
Production Engineering Technician Saehaesung Alabama, Inc. AL Dec 23, 2015 $62,442
Technical Production Engineer/Production Superviso Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corporation Carson City, NV Jul 01, 2011 $62,000

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Top Skills for A Production Engineering Technician

  1. Test Procedures
  2. AFE
  3. Process Improvement
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design test fixtures and create test procedures for quality analysis of various manufactured electronics products (primarily lighting ballasts).
  • Planned inventory including, Min-Max system, Equating Lead time, Transit time, Order frequency, and Safety stock.
  • Lead and/or support continuous manufacturing process improvement activities, including cycle time and scrap reduction.
  • Test, troubleshoot and resolve outstanding issues by interfacing with sales engineering, application engineering and customers to ensure timely resolution.
  • Designed Electrical and Mechanical drawings in Auto-cad format.

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Top 10 Best States for Production Engineering Technicians

  1. New Mexico
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Wyoming
  4. Montana
  5. Louisiana
  6. Maine
  7. Alaska
  8. Texas
  9. Washington
  10. Utah
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Production Engineering Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

75.2%

Female

17.6%

Unknown

7.1%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

10.4%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.9%

Arabic

15.4%

French

7.7%

Production Engineering Technician Education

Schools

Full Sail University

10.0%

University of Phoenix

8.3%

National University

6.7%

Colorado School of Mines

6.7%

University of Tulsa

5.0%

Community College of the Air Force

5.0%

Dutchess Community College

5.0%

Pennsylvania State University

5.0%

South Texas College of Law

5.0%

Eastern Kentucky University

5.0%

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

5.0%

University of Texas at Austin

5.0%

Greenville Technical College

5.0%

Rose State College

3.3%

Troy University

3.3%

Indiana State University

3.3%

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

3.3%

Texas Tech University

3.3%

Cuyahoga Community College

3.3%

Front Range Community College

3.3%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

22.5%

Business

16.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.3%

Mechanical Engineering

5.9%

Industrial Technology

4.7%

Engineering

4.7%

Petroleum Engineering

3.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.4%

Engineering Technology

3.0%

Manufacturing Engineering

3.0%

Chemical Engineering

3.0%

Drafting And Design

2.5%

Computer Science

2.5%

Automotive Technology

2.5%

Communication

2.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Finance

2.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.1%

Education

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.5%

Other

24.7%

Associate

19.2%

Masters

11.6%

Certificate

5.0%

Diploma

3.2%

Doctorate

1.6%

License

0.3%
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