Industrial Engineering Technicians

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 68,520 industrial engineering technicians employed in the United States as of 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Quick Facts
Duties Assist industrial engineers; collect and analyze data on workflow, production costs, and layouts; prepare charts and statistical studies to improve productivity and efficiency in a factory or office
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Education and Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internship
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Chief Industrial Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Industrial Engineering Technician

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