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Industrial Engineering Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts


Applies 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.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production/Process Technology pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Designs new equipment or materials or recommends revision to methods of operation, material handling, equipment layout, or other changes to increase production or improve standards.
  • Tests selected products at specified stages in the production process for performance characteristics or adherence to specifications.
  • Compiles and evaluates statistical data to determine and maintain quality and reliability of products.
  • Studies time, motion, methods, or speed involved in maintenance, production, or other operations to establish standard production rate or improve efficiency.
  • Interprets engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, or formulas for management or engineering staff.
  • Reads worker logs, product processing sheets, or specification sheets to verify that records adhere to quality assurance specifications.
  • Verifies that equipment is being operated and maintained according to quality assurance standards by observing worker performance.
  • Recommends modifications to existing quality or production standards to achieve optimum quality within limits of equipment capability.
  • Evaluates data and writes reports to validate or indicate deviations from existing standards.
  • Aids in planning work assignments in accordance with worker performance, machine capacity, production schedules, or anticipated delays.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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