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Working As A Senior 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
  • $93,646

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Engineering Technician Career Paths

Senior Engineering Technician
Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Principal Consultant Architect
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Product Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Chief Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Lead Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Assurance Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Analyst Quality Control Analyst
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Construction Manager Quality Control Manager
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Consulting Engineer Senior Engineer
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Maintenance Supervisor Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Senior Engineering Technician
Technician 6.5%
Engineer 3.8%
Draftsman 2.3%
Top Careers After Senior Engineering Technician
Consultant 6.4%
Engineer 5.0%
Technician 3.8%
Owner 3.3%
Manager 3.0%

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Senior Engineering Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

85.8%

Female

11.9%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Asian

11.8%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.3%

Carrier

11.9%

French

10.7%

German

6.0%

Russian

4.8%

Chinese

3.6%

Vietnamese

3.6%

Cantonese

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%

Polish

2.4%

Korean

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Romanian

1.2%

Braille

1.2%

Amharic

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Dakota

1.2%
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Senior Engineering Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.6%

Arizona State University

6.3%

Community College of the Air Force

6.0%

University of Houston

5.4%

Northeastern University

5.4%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

5.1%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

More Tech Institute

4.2%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

University of Texas at Austin

3.9%

San Jose State University

3.9%

Purdue University

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.9%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.6%

De Anza College

3.6%

Wayne State University

3.3%

Stanford University

3.3%

National University

3.3%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

28.5%

Business

12.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.3%

Mechanical Engineering

7.8%

Computer Science

6.2%

Engineering

4.2%

Drafting And Design

3.9%

Civil Engineering

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Management

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Project Management

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Computer Engineering

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

Education

1.8%

Chemical Engineering

1.7%

Engineering Technology

1.7%

Communication

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.7%

Other

23.7%

Associate

20.7%

Masters

14.1%

Certificate

5.1%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.1%
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Real Senior Engineering Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineer SR. Specialist Citigroup Technology, Inc. Tampa, FL May 14, 2015 $164,403
Senior Engineer, Low Latency Trading Technology RBC Capital Markets, LLC New York, NY Jun 23, 2016 $150,000 -
$180,000
SR. Engineer Specialist II Samsung Engineering America Inc. Houston, TX Oct 29, 2015 $147,784
Senior Engineering Specialist-Marine Riser Engineer Intecsea, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $147,139
Senior Engineer, Advanced Technology Magic Leap, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 06, 2016 $145,000
Tech Yahoo, Mobile DEV Engineer, SR Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 21, 2016 $143,657 -
$220,200
Tech Yahoo, Mobile DEV ENG, SR Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 21, 2016 $143,126 -
$220,200
Tech Yahoo, Mobile DEV Engineer, SR Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 11, 2016 $142,403 -
$220,200
Senior Vessel Engineering Specialist Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 04, 2015 $141,024
Tech Yahoo, Mobile DEV Engineer, SR Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 08, 2016 $140,499 -
$220,000
Tech Yahoo, Mobile DEV Engineer, SR Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 18, 2016 $140,499 -
$205,500
Senior Development Engineering Specialist Lummus Technology Inc. Pasadena, TX Sep 04, 2015 $139,485
SR. Engineer, E-Media Technology QA Dolby Laboratories, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 06, 2016 $138,362
Senior I Engineer-Tech Engineering NYU Langone Health System New York, NY May 16, 2016 $110,000
Senior Engineer, E-Media Technology QA Dolby Laboratories, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 08, 2016 $108,868 -
$111,000
SR. Engineer, IT Vantiv LLC Denver, CO Aug 19, 2015 $108,846 -
$116,297
Senior Data Engineer, Consumer Digital Technology NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Jun 08, 2016 $105,706
Senior Specialist Engineer Globallogic, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 27, 2015 $105,560 -
$135,560
Senior Engineer, IT C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Keene, NH Aug 01, 2015 $105,000
Senior Engineer/Modeling Specialist John T. Boyd Company Canonsburg, PA Jan 10, 2016 $104,291 -
$114,291
Senior Specialist-Ran Engineer at&T Mobility Services LLC Bedminster, NJ Jan 25, 2015 $93,951
Senior Specialist Engineer Globallogic, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 27, 2015 $93,891 -
$123,891
Technology Senior Engineer Whirlpool Corporation Benton Harbor, MI Jul 30, 2015 $93,850
Senior Engineer/Technologist (IBS System Analyst) Johnson Controls, Inc. Milwaukee, WI Jan 04, 2016 $93,766 -
$105,000
Technology Senior Engineer Whirlpool Corporation Benton Harbor, MI Aug 07, 2015 $93,434
Senior Engineering Specialist-Mechanical KBR Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX May 08, 2016 $93,028

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Top Skills for A Senior Engineering Technician

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  2. Lab
  3. Computer
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  • Coordinated with development engineers and prepared test plans and endured functionality of all applications.
  • Verified system-generated signals data integrity, ensuring optimal process line flow, by performing daily audits and collaborating with engineers.
  • Devised and managed development of hydraulics computer-based training course for multiple engineering functions, improving training efficiency and reducing costs.
  • Worked remotely with Canadian team members to procure and expedite components to Mexico production facility for urgent prototype builds.
  • Employed oscilloscopes, signal generators, optical power meters, precision measurement imaging systems and project-specific test equipment.

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