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Industrial Engineers

Also called: Industrial Engineer, Process Engineer, Engineer, Operations Engineer

Where in the Army? In the Army: Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ALandT) Contracting NCO; Test and Evaluation

What they do:
Design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes, including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination.
On the job, you would:
  • Plan and establish sequence of operations to fabricate and assemble parts or products and to promote efficient utilization.
  • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, orders, and related information to obtain knowledge of manufacturing methods, procedures, and activities.
  • Estimate production costs, cost saving methods, and the effects of product design changes on expenditures for management review, action, and control.

Knowledge

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

Skills

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
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

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
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Dataxiom StatMost
  • ETA Dynaform
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • International TechneGroup IGESworks
Industrial control software
  • Allen Bradley PanelView
  • Computer numerical control CNC software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$80,300
per year, on average
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