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Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Overview
Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Experience

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

Education

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Job Training

Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

Examples

These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.

Apply engineering theory and principles to problems of industrial layout or manufacturing production, usually under the direction of engineering staff. May perform time and motion studies on worker operations in a variety of industries for purposes such as establishing standard production rates or improving efficiency.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $36K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $45K
Median Salary: $57K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $71K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $86K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

Compile and evaluate statistical data to determine and maintain quality and reliability of products.

Test selected products at specified stages in the production process for performance characteristics or adherence to specifications.

Study time, motion, methods, or speed involved in maintenance, production, or other operations to establish standard production rate or improve efficiency.

Read worker logs, product processing sheets, or specification sheets to verify that records adhere to quality assurance specifications.

Verify that equipment is being operated and maintained according to quality assurance standards by observing worker performance.

Evaluate industrial operations for compliance with permits or regulations related to the generation, storage, treatment, transportation, or disposal of hazardous materials or waste.

Aid in planning work assignments in accordance with worker performance, machine capacity, production schedules, or anticipated delays.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
The MathWorks MATLAB
Computer aided design CAD software
Vectorworks Machine Design
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Vero Software SURFCAM
Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Access
Desktop communications software
Eko
Desktop publishing software
Desktop publishing software
Development environment software
National Instruments LabVIEW
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Enterprise application integration software
Extensible markup language XML
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
SAP
Graphics or photo imaging software
Microsoft Visio
Industrial control software
Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
Instant messaging software
Blink
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
Production planning software
Object or component oriented development software
C++
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Operating system software
UNIX
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software
Microsoft SharePoint
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Video creation and editing software
Loom
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Batteries and generators and kinetic power transmission
Gas-powered generators
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Plotters
Containers and storage
Mixing tanks
Electrical equipment and components and supplies
Wire splicers
Foundry machines and equipment and supplies
Centrifugal casting machines
Hand tools
Bench grinders
Heating and ventilation and air circulation
Air heaters
Industrial optics
Autocollimators
Industrial process machinery and equipment and supplies
Injection molding machines
Industrial pumps and compressors
Vacuum pumps
Laboratory and scientific equipment
Viscosity meters
Laboratory supplies and fixtures
Pipettes
Material handling machinery and equipment
Scissor lifts
Measuring and observing and testing instruments
Coordinate measuring machines CMM
Medical sterilization products
Steam autoclaves
Metal cutting machinery and accessories
Laser cutting equipment
Metal forming machinery and accessories
Pipe bending mandrels
Personal safety and protection
Safety goggles
Photographic or filming or video equipment
Digital video cameras
Pneumatic and hydraulic and electric control systems
Dynamic actuators
Power sources
Power production turbines
Printed circuits and integrated circuits and microassemblies
Automated vision systems
Rapid prototyping machinery and accessories
Fused deposition modeling FDM machines
Raw materials processing machinery
Computerized numerical control CNC machining centers
Welding and soldering and brazing machinery and accessories and supplies
Soldering equipment
Top 10 Knowledge Required
Mechanical
89%
Importance

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Engineering and Technology
82%
Importance

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
74%
Importance

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Mathematics
72%
Importance

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Design
71%
Importance

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

English Language
70%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Computers and Electronics
69%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Physics
68%
Importance

Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

Public Safety and Security
65%
Importance

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Customer and Personal Service
63%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Top 10 Skills
Reading Comprehension
80%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening
78%
Importance

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.

Critical Thinking
78%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Complex Problem Solving
75%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Monitoring
68%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Speaking
65%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Systems Analysis
65%
Importance

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation
65%
Importance

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Time Management
65%
Importance

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Judgment and Decision Making
63%
Importance

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Top 10 Abilities
Deductive Reasoning
80%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Inductive Reasoning
80%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Oral Comprehension
80%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Problem Sensitivity
80%
Importance

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.

Near Vision
75%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Written Comprehension
75%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Oral Expression
70%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Category Flexibility
68%
Importance

The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Information Ordering
68%
Importance

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).

Fluency of Ideas
65%
Importance

The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Top 10 Work Activities
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
84%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
81%
Importance

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.

Thinking Creatively
81%
Importance

Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
79%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Getting Information
78%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
78%
Importance

Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Interacting With Computers
77%
Importance

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
75%
Importance

Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
75%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
73%
Importance

Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

Detailed Work Activities

Test products for functionality or quality.

Assess product or process usefulness.

Research human performance or health factors related to engineering or design activities.

Monitor processes for compliance with standards.

Inspect operational processes.

Prepare detailed work plans.

Monitor activities affecting environmental quality.

Estimate operational costs.

Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects.

Create physical models or prototypes.

Develop technical methods or processes.

Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.

Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.

Prepare drawings or diagrams of products or services.

Explain engineering drawings, specifications, or other technical information.

Design structures or facilities.

Design industrial processing systems.

Implement design or process improvements.

Design industrial equipment.

Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations.

Direct quality control activities.

Direct industrial production activities.

Create graphical representations of industrial production systems.

Prepare operational reports.

Train personnel on proper operational procedures.

Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.

Select project materials.

Determine operational methods.

Operate industrial equipment.

Work Context
Electronic Mail

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Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Face-to-Face Discussions

How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets

How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Work With Work Group or Team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Freedom to Make Decisions

How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?

Frequency of Decision Making

How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?

Exposed to Contaminants

How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?

Education
Majors
Major
Applied Engineering Technologies/Technicians
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician
Process Safety Technology/Technician
Engineering/Industrial Management
Packaging Science
Interests
Investigative
91%
Importance

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.

Conventional
72%
Importance

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.

Realistic
72%
Importance

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.

Enterprising
48%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Artistic
24%
Importance

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Social
19%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Top 10 Work Styles
Attention to Detail
88%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Dependability
87%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Analytical Thinking
86%
Importance

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Stress Tolerance
83%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Cooperation
82%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Integrity
82%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Initiative
81%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Self Control
80%
Importance

Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Achievement/Effort
78%
Importance

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Independence
78%
Importance

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.

Work Values
Support
77%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Achievement
67%
Importance

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
62%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Working Conditions
60%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Recognition
58%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Relationships
58%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.