Industrial Engineering Technicians

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Industrial engineering technicians assist industrial engineers in their duties: they collect and analyze data and make recommendations for the efficient use of personnel, materials, and machines to produce goods or to provide services. They may study the time, movements, and methods a worker uses to accomplish daily tasks in production, maintenance, or clerical areas.

Industrial engineering technicians prepare charts to illustrate workflow, floor layouts, materials handling, and machine utilization. They make statistical studies, analyze production costs, prepare layouts of machinery and equipment, help plan work flow and work assignments, and recommend revisions to revamp production methods or improve standards. As part of their job, industrial engineering technicians often use equipment such as computers, timers, and video cameras. There are approximately 62,290 industrial engineering technicians employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Cost Control Technicians, Inventory Control Technicians, Materials-Handling Technicians, Methods Engineering Technicians, Plant Layout Technicians, Production Control Technicians, Time-Study Technicians, Work Measurement Technicians
Duties Assist industrial engineers in the areas of work measurement, production control, wage and job evaluation, quality control, and plant layout
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internship or co-op
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Chief Industrial Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Industrial Engineering Technician