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Industrial Engineering Technologists

Also called: Associate Product Integrity Engineer, Materials Planner/Production Planner, Planner/Scheduler, Senior Quality Methods Specialist

What they do:
Assist industrial engineers in such activities as quality control, inventory control, or material flow methods. May conduct statistical studies or analyze production costs.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


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


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • reading work related information
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
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one


  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • notice when problems happen
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem


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
  • Initiative
  • Innovation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation
  • Analytical Thinking


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Bentley Microstation
Analytical or scientific software
  • Advanced Dimensional Management 3D-GD&T
  • Inlet Technologies Semaphore
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Cimatron software
  • CNC Mastercam


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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