Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians

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Industrial engineering technicians collect data to assist in process improvement activities.
Quick Facts: Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2020 Median Pay $57,320 per year
$27.56 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Associate's degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2020 64,100
Job Outlook, 2020-30 4% (Slower than average)
Employment Change, 2020-30 2,800

Summary

What Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians Do

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians help engineers solve problems affecting manufacturing layout or production.

Work Environment

Most industrial engineering technologists and technicians work in manufacturing industries. Most work full time.

How to Become an Industrial Engineering Technologist or Technician

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians typically need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate to enter the occupation. Community colleges or technical institutes typically offer associate’s degree programs, and vocational–technical schools offer certificate programs.

Pay

The median annual wage for industrial engineering technologists and technicians was $57,320 in May 2020.

Job Outlook

Employment of industrial engineering technologists and technicians is projected to grow 4 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations.

Despite limited employment growth, about 6,300 openings for industrial engineering technologists and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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What Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians Do

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Industrial engineering technologists and technicians interpret schematic diagrams and formulas.

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians help engineers solve problems affecting manufacturing layout or production. They prepare machinery and equipment plans, design workflows, conduct statistical production studies, and analyze production costs.

Duties

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians typically do the following:

  • Suggest revisions to operation methods, material handling, or equipment layout
  • Interpret engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, and formulas
  • Confer with management or engineering staff on quality and reliability standards
  • Help plan work assignments, considering factors such as machine capabilities and production schedules
  • Prepare charts, diagrams, and other graphs 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 technologists and technicians study the time and steps workers take to do a task (time and motion studies). To set reasonable production rates, they analyze operations such as maintenance, production, and service.

The work of industrial engineering technologists and technicians is versatile and applicable to a variety of projects. For example, in supply chain management, they help businesses minimize inventory costs; in quality assurance, they help with customer satisfaction; and in project management, they help to control costs and maximize efficiencies.

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians generally work on teams under the supervision of industrial engineers.

Manufacturing engineering technologists and technicians work to raise production quality and profitability. By planning, testing, and custom making industrial products, they help engineers improve manufacturing processes and output. They may assess prototypes, analyze machinery performance, or try new production methods.

Work Environment

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Industrial engineering technologists and technicians help carry out studies and make observations to assist industrial engineers.

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians held about 64,100 jobs in 2020. The largest employers of industrial engineering technologists and technicians were as follows:

Computer and electronic product manufacturing 19%
Transportation equipment manufacturing 13
Professional, scientific, and technical services 10
Chemical manufacturing 8
Machinery manufacturing 7

Industrial engineers usually ask industrial engineering technologists and technicians to help carry out studies and draw conclusions. Consequently, these technologists and technicians typically work at the location where products are manufactured or services are provided.

Work Schedules

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians usually work a standard schedule. Most work full time.

How to Become an Industrial Engineering Technologist or Technician

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Becoming an industrial engineering technologist or technician usually requires either an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate to enter the occupation.

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians typically need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate to enter the occupation. 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 technologists and technicians should take courses in math, science, and drafting, where available.

Postsecondary programs in industrial engineering technology are offered at vocational–technical schools, technical institutes, and community colleges. Vocational–technical schools typically award a certificate. Community colleges programs usually lead to associate’s degrees.

Employers may prefer to hire candidates who have completed an engineering or engineering technology program accredited by ABET.

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians may choose to major in applied science, industrial technology, or industrial engineering technology. These programs may include instruction in computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing software, known as CAD/CAM.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Industrial engineering technologists and technicians assess changes in conditions, operations, and the environment to help industrial engineers figure out how systems should work.

Communication skills. Industrial engineering technologists and technicians must listen carefully to instructions from engineers and must clearly articulate problems to their supervisors.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineering technologists and technicians must identify and correct weaknesses to help industrial engineers solve problems.

Detail oriented. Industrial engineering technologists and technicians must record precisely what they measure and observe.

Math skills. Industrial engineering technologists and technicians use mathematics and statistical techniques to analyze data collected from studies.

Observational skills. Industrial engineering technologists and technicians closely watch the performance of people or organizations so that they can suggest improvements.

Pay

Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Median annual wages, May 2020

Drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians

$58,900

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians

$57,320

Total, all occupations

$41,950

 

The median annual wage for industrial engineering technologists and technicians was $57,320 in May 2020. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,550, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $86,900.

In May 2020, the median annual wages for industrial engineering technologists and technicians in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Chemical manufacturing $60,110
Professional, scientific, and technical services 59,340
Computer and electronic product manufacturing 58,500
Transportation equipment manufacturing 57,970
Machinery manufacturing 55,670

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians usually work standard schedules. Most work full time.

Job Outlook

Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Percent change in employment, projected 2020-30

Total, all occupations

8%

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians

4%

Drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians

2%

 

Employment of industrial engineering technologists and technicians is projected to grow 4 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations.

Despite limited employment growth, about 6,300 openings for industrial engineering technologists and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Employment

An emphasis on cost control through increased efficiency, along with industrial engineering technologists and technicians' role in assisting with automation, is expected to sustain demand somewhat for these workers.

However, overall employment growth of industrial engineering technologists and technicians in manufacturing—the industry in which most of them work—is projected to be slow.

Employment projections data for industrial engineering technologists and technicians, 2020-30

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Occupational Title

Industrial engineering technologists and technicians

SOC Code17-3026
Employment, 202064,100
Projected Employment, 203066,900
Percent Change, 2020-304
Numeric Change, 2020-302,800
Employment by IndustryGet data

State & Area Data

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Occupation Job Duties ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION 2020 MEDIAN PAY
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Bachelor's degree $66,610
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Bachelor's degree $94,240
Industrial engineers Industrial Engineers

Industrial engineers devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

Bachelor's degree $88,950
Logisticians Logisticians

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Bachelor's degree $76,270
Quality control inspectors Quality Control Inspectors

Quality control inspectors examine products and materials for defects or deviations from specifications.

High school diploma or equivalent $40,460

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