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Industrial Engineering Technologists
SOC Code: 17-3029.05

Assist industrial engineers in such activities as quality control, inventory control, or material flow methods. May conduct statistical studies or analyze production costs.

Sample of reported job titles: Associate Product Integrity Engineer; Head of Operation and Logistics; Liaison Engineer; Manager, Asset Management; Materials Planner/Production Planner; Planner/Scheduler; Production Control Supervisor; Quality Management Coordinator; Quality Tech; Senior Quality Methods Specialist


  • 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.
  • Modify equipment or processes to improve resource or cost efficiency.
  • Oversee or inspect production processes.
  • Analyze, estimate, or report production costs.
  • Compile operational data to develop cost or time estimates, schedules, or specifications.
  • Monitor and control inventory.
  • Conduct time and motion studies to identify opportunities to improve worker efficiency.
  • Analyze operational, production, economic, or other data, using statistical procedures.
  • Develop or conduct quality control tests to ensure consistent production quality.
  • Collect and analyze data related to quality or industrial health and safety programs.
  • Prepare layouts of machinery or equipment, using drafting equipment or computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Prepare schedules for equipment use or routine maintenance.
  • Prepare reports regarding inventories of raw materials or finished products.
  • Supervise production workers.
  • Analyze material flows or supply chains to identify opportunities to improve efficiency and conserve energy.
  • Conduct statistical studies to analyze or compare production costs for sustainable and nonsustainable designs.
  • Develop computerized diagnostic tools to integrate measurements in real time and reduce production downtime.
  • Integrate high-speed loops and advanced control algorithms with graphical system designs to improve the efficiency of production operations.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Advanced Dimensional Management 3D-GD&T; IBM SPSS Statistics ; Inlet Technologies Semaphore; The MathWorks MATLAB (see all 10 examples)
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD ; Dassault Systemes SolidWorks ; PTC Creo Parametric ; Vectorworks Machine Design (see all 13 examples)
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software - Cimatron; CNC Mastercam; Delcam PowerMILL; Tebis Base (see all 6 examples)
  • Data base user interface and query software - Database software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Development environment software - Beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code BASIC; C ; Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Electronic mail software - Email software; Microsoft Outlook
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - Management information systems MIS; SAP
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Graphics editing software
  • Industrial control software - Computerized numerical control CNC software; Infinity QS ProFicient; Statistical process control SPC software
  • Internet browser software - Microsoft Internet Explorer; Web browser software
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software - Materials requirement planning MRP software; Production planning software
  • Object or component oriented development software - C++
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Microsoft Windows ; UNIX
  • Presentation software
  • Project management software - Microsoft Project
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Air compressors - Portable air compressors
  • Air conditioners - Air conditioning units
  • Belt conveyors
  • Compression testers - Universal testing machines
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Desktop computers
  • Electronic actuators - Dynamic actuators
  • Hardness testers - Digital hardness testers; Manual hardness testers
  • Heat exchangers
  • Horizontal turning center - Computerized numerical control CNC lathes
  • Impact testers
  • Injection molding machines - Plastic injection molding machines
  • Melting point recorders - Melting point apparatus
  • Milling machines - Computerized numerical control CNC machining centers
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Plotter printers - Plotters
  • Power grinders - Bench grinders
  • Process air heaters - Air heaters
  • Scanners - Laser scanners
  • Signal generators - Function generators
  • Surface grinding machine - Surface grinding machines
  • Three dimensional printing machine - Three-dimensional prototyping printer
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe - Lathes
  • Universal milling machine - Horizontal milling machines
  • Vacuum gauges
  • Vacuum pumps
  • Viscosimeters - Viscosity meters
  • Water tube boiler - Steam boilers


  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.


  • Interest code: IRC
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 97% responded “Every day.”
  • Electronic Mail - 85% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 73% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 63% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 80% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 88% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 30% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 43% responded “Very important.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 86% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 77% responded “Important results.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 30% responded “Important.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 54% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 44% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 71% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 47% responded “Very important.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 54% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 26% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 56% responded “Important.”
  • Letters and Memos - 43% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 59% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 40% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Consequence of Error - 35% responded “Serious.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 39% responded “Every day.”
  • Level of Competition - 51% responded “Moderately competitive.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
68%Bachelor's degree
15%High school diploma or equivalent
14%Associate's degree

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $29.92 hourly, $62,230 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 77,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 7,100

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