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Industrial Engineering Technicians

Also called: Engineering Technician, Industrial Engineering Technician, Manufacturing Technician, Quality Control Engineering Technician (QC Engineering Technician)

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Design new equipment or materials or recommend revision to methods of operation, material handling, equipment layout, or other changes to increase production or improve standards.
  • Test selected products at specified stages in the production process for performance characteristics or adherence to specifications.
  • Compile and evaluate statistical data to determine and maintain quality and reliability of products.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • product and service development
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • ProModel software
  • Statistical software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
some college or
associate's degree
usually needed

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