Summary Report for:
17-3029.05 - Industrial Engineering Technologists
Assist industrial engineers in such activities as quality control, inventory control, or material flow methods. May conduct statistical studies or analyze production costs.
Sample of reported job titles: Associate Product Integrity Engineer; Head of Operation and Logistics; Liaison Engineer; Manager, Asset Management; Materials Planner/Production Planner; Planner/Scheduler; Production Control Supervisor; Quality Management Coordinator; Quality Tech; Senior Quality Methods Specialist
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Wages & Employment | Job Openings
- Interpret engineering drawings, sketches, or diagrams.
- Plan the flow of work or materials to maximize efficiency.
- Develop or implement programs to address problems related to production, materials, safety, or quality.
- Modify equipment or processes to improve resource or cost efficiency.
- Oversee or inspect production processes.
- Analyze, estimate, or report production costs.
- Compile operational data to develop cost or time estimates, schedules, or specifications.
- Monitor and control inventory.
- Conduct time and motion studies to identify opportunities to improve worker efficiency.
- Analyze operational, production, economic, or other data, using statistical procedures.
- Develop or conduct quality control tests to ensure consistent production quality.
- Collect and analyze data related to quality or industrial health and safety programs.
- Prepare layouts of machinery or equipment, using drafting equipment or computer-aided design (CAD) software.
- Prepare schedules for equipment use or routine maintenance.
- Prepare reports regarding inventories of raw materials or finished products.
- Supervise production workers.
- Analyze material flows or supply chains to identify opportunities to improve efficiency and conserve energy.
- Conduct statistical studies to analyze or compare production costs for sustainable and nonsustainable designs.
- Develop computerized diagnostic tools to integrate measurements in real time and reduce production downtime.
- Integrate high-speed loops and advanced control algorithms with graphical system designs to improve the efficiency of production operations.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Air compressors — Portable air compressors
- Air conditioners — Air conditioning units
- Belt conveyors
- Compression testers — Universal testing machines
- Coordinate measuring machines CMM
- Desktop computers
- Electronic actuators — Dynamic actuators
- Hardness testers — Digital hardness testers; Manual hardness testers
- Heat exchangers
- Horizontal turning center — Computerized numerical control CNC lathes
- Impact testers
- Injection molding machines — Plastic injection molding machines
- Melting point recorders — Melting point apparatus
- Milling machines — Computerized numerical control CNC machining centers
- Personal computers
- Plotter printers — Plotters
- Power grinders — Bench grinders
- Process air heaters — Air heaters
- Scanners — Laser scanners
- Signal generators — Function generators
- Surface grinding machine — Surface grinding machines
- Three dimensional printing machine — Three-dimensional prototyping printer
- Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes
- Universal milling machine — Horizontal milling machines
- Vacuum gauges
- Vacuum pumps
- Viscosimeters — Viscosity meters
- Water tube boiler — Steam boilers
Technology used in this occupation:
- Analytical or scientific software — Advanced Dimensional Management 3D-GD&T; Inlet Technologies Semaphore; SPSS software; The MathWorks MATLAB (see all 10 examples)
- Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; Bentley Microstation; Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software; Vectorworks Machine Design (see all 13 examples)
- Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — Cimatron software; CNC Mastercam; Delcam PowerMILL; Tebis Base (see all 6 examples)
- Data base user interface and query software — Database software
- Desktop publishing software
- Development environment software — Beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code BASIC; C; Microsoft Visual Basic
- Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Management information systems MIS software; SAP software
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Graphics editing software
- Industrial control software — Computerized numerical control CNC software; InfinityQS software; Statistical process control SPC software
- Internet browser software — Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software — Materials requirements planning MRP software; Production planning software
- Object or component oriented development software — C++
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
- Presentation software
- Project management software — Microsoft Project
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
- Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
- Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
- Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
- Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
- Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
- Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
- Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
- Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
- Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
- Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
- Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
- Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
Detailed Work Activities
- Prepare operational reports.
- Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
- Develop technical methods or processes.
- Schedule operational activities.
- Prepare detailed work plans.
- Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
- Research human performance or health factors related to engineering or design activities.
- Design industrial equipment.
- Design industrial processing systems.
- Design structures or facilities.
- Implement design or process improvements.
- Investigate safety of work environment.
- Develop software or computer applications.
- Explain engineering drawings, specifications, or other technical information.
- Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects.
- Create graphical representations of industrial production systems.
- Supervise production or support personnel.
- Estimate operational costs.
- Direct industrial production activities.
- Test products for functionality or quality.
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 97% responded “Every day.”
- Electronic Mail — 85% responded “Every day.”
- Telephone — 73% responded “Every day.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 63% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 80% responded “More than 40 hours.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 88% responded “Every day.”
- Contact With Others — 30% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 43% responded “Very important.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 86% responded “Some freedom.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 77% responded “Important results.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 30% responded “Important.”
- Spend Time Sitting — 54% responded “More than half the time.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 44% responded “Every day.”
- Time Pressure — 71% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 47% responded “Very important.”
- Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 54% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 26% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 56% responded “Important.”
- Letters and Memos — 43% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 59% responded “High responsibility.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 40% responded “High responsibility.”
- Consequence of Error — 35% responded “Serious.”
- Frequency of Conflict Situations — 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 39% responded “Every day.”
- Level of Competition — 51% responded “Moderately competitive.”
|Title||Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.|
|Related Experience||A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.|
|Job Zone Examples||Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.|
|SVP Range||(7.0 to < 8.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|15||High school diploma or equivalent|
Interest code: IRC
- Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
- Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
- Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
- Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.
Employment data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.
Industry data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.
|Median wages (2014)||$29.60 hourly, $61,580 annual|
|Employment (2014)||70,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Little or no change (-1% to 1%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||17,100|
|Top industries (2014)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.