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Working As a Transportation 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
  • $62,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Transportation 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 Transportation 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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Top Skills for A Transportation Engineering Technician

  1. Roadway Design
  2. New Construction
  3. Traffic Control
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Set up GPS control points for roadway design.
  • Researched and utilized new construction technology on rehabilitation projects saving an estimated $2.3M in construction budget cost.
  • Review and implemented traffic control plans that were approved to ensure the construction zones were safe and legal.
  • Supervised CAD operators' daily work, estimate amount of time a project will take in man-hours.
  • Perform annual inspections of and approve all contractor and consultant laboratories to be used for state work in the district.

Transportation Engineering Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

77.6%

Female

15.2%

Unknown

7.3%
Ethnicity

White

62.5%

Black or African American

13.7%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Mandarin

20.0%

Arabic

20.0%

French

20.0%

Chinese

20.0%

Cantonese

20.0%
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Transportation Engineering Technician Education

Schools

University of Kentucky

12.0%

Morgan State University

10.0%

West Virginia University

10.0%

Bridgemont Community and Technical College

6.0%

Towson University

6.0%

Western Kentucky University

6.0%

Marshall University

4.0%

Pima Community College

4.0%

Arizona State University

4.0%

West Virginia University Institute of Technology

4.0%

Kentucky State University

4.0%

Normandale Community College

4.0%

Colorado Technical University

4.0%

Weber State University

4.0%

Anne Arundel Community College

4.0%

BridgeValley Community and Technical College

4.0%

Tallahassee Community College

4.0%

ITT Technical Institute-Phoenix

2.0%

York College of Pennsylvania

2.0%

Columbus State Community College

2.0%
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Majors

Civil Engineering

26.0%

Business

13.5%

Civil Engineering Technologies

7.3%

Engineering Technology

5.2%

Construction Management

5.2%

Drafting And Design

4.2%

Accounting

4.2%

Information Technology

4.2%

Management

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.1%

Environmental Science

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Psychology

2.1%

Industrial Technology

2.1%

Military Applied Sciences

2.1%

Computer Networking

2.1%

Mining Engineering

2.1%

Architecture

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.8%

Other

27.0%

Associate

13.9%

Masters

6.6%

Certificate

5.8%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.5%
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Updated May 19, 2020