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Industrial Engineers
SOC Code: 17-2112.00

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Engineer, Engineering Manager, Industrial Engineer, Manufacturing Specialist, Operations Engineer, Plant Engineer, Process Engineer, Production Engineer, Supply Chain Engineer, Tool Engineer

Tasks

  • 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.
  • Draft and design layout of equipment, materials, and workspace to illustrate maximum efficiency using drafting tools and computer.
  • Coordinate and implement quality control objectives, activities, or procedures to resolve production problems, maximize product reliability, or minimize costs.
  • Communicate with management and user personnel to develop production and design standards.
  • Recommend methods for improving utilization of personnel, material, and utilities.
  • Develop manufacturing methods, labor utilization standards, and cost analysis systems to promote efficient staff and facility utilization.
  • Confer with clients, vendors, staff, and management personnel regarding purchases, product and production specifications, manufacturing capabilities, or project status.
  • Apply statistical methods and perform mathematical calculations to determine manufacturing processes, staff requirements, and production standards.
  • Study operations sequence, material flow, functional statements, organization charts, and project information to determine worker functions and responsibilities.
  • Complete production reports, purchase orders, and material, tool, and equipment lists.
  • Record or oversee recording of information to ensure currency of engineering drawings and documentation of production problems.
  • Evaluate precision and accuracy of production and testing equipment and engineering drawings to formulate corrective action plan.
  • Analyze statistical data and product specifications to determine standards and establish quality and reliability objectives of finished product.
  • Regulate and alter workflow schedules according to established manufacturing sequences and lead times to expedite production operations.
  • Direct workers engaged in product measurement, inspection, and testing activities to ensure quality control and reliability.
  • Formulate sampling procedures and designs and develop forms and instructions for recording, evaluating, and reporting quality and reliability data.
  • Implement methods and procedures for disposition of discrepant material and defective or damaged parts, and assess cost and responsibility.
  • Schedule deliveries based on production forecasts, material substitutions, storage and handling facilities, and maintenance requirements.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Finite element method FEM software; The MathWorks MATLAB ; Windward Technologies GRG2; Workcell simulation software (see all 38 examples)
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD ; Bentley MicroStation ; Dassault Systemes CATIA ; PTC Creo Parametric (see all 12 examples)
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software - EGS FeatureCAM
  • Data base user interface and query software - Microsoft Access ; Structured query language SQL
  • Development environment software - Integrated development environment IDE software ; Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition VBScript ; Microsoft Visual Studio ; National Instruments LabVIEW (see all 5 examples)
  • Electronic mail software - IBM Notes
  • Enterprise application integration software - Extensible markup language XML
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - SAP
  • Expert system software - Decision support software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks; Microsoft Visio
  • Human resources software - Personnel scheduling software
  • Industrial control software - Allen Bradley PanelView; Human machine interface HMI software; Nupro CastView; Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software (see all 9 examples)
  • Inventory management software - Manhattan Associates PkMS Pickticket; Oracle Retek; Warehouse management system WMS
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software - Materials requirement planning MRP software; Production scheduling and planning software; Supply chain capacity planning software
  • Object or component oriented development software - C++ ; Python ; Sun Microsystems Java
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Linux
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Program testing software - Hewlett Packard LoadRunner ; Logic programming software; Rockwell RSLogix; User interface design software
  • Project management software - Microsoft Project ; Microsoft SharePoint ; Process reengineering software; Yield management systems
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Acoustic testing rooms - Reverberant auditory test chambers
  • Anechoic chambers - Anechoic auditory test chambers
  • Audiometers or accessories - Audiometers
  • Camera controllers
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories - Heart rate monitors
  • Cassette players or recorders - Audio tape recorders
  • Computer servers
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Digital cameras
  • Electrical control panels for generators - Pulsed width modulation PWM drives
  • Electro pneumatic transducers - Pressure transducers
  • Equalizers - Audio equalizers
  • Frequency analyzers - Fast Fourier transform FFT spectrum analyzers
  • Hardness testers
  • Heated walk in environmental or growth chambers - Heated environmental chambers
  • Hydraulic motor - Hydraulic power units
  • Hydraulic press frames - Hydraulic presses
  • Infrared imagers - Electrophysics infrared cameras
  • Integrated motion control systems - Motion control systems
  • Laboratory benches - Optical benches
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens - Environmental ovens
  • Laser printers
  • Loadcells - Load cells
  • Metallurgical microscopes - Inverted metallurgical microscopes
  • Microcontrollers - Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Microphones - Recording microphones
  • Motor drive or control integrated circuits - Variable frequency drives VFD
  • Multimeters
  • Operational amplifiers - Audio amplifiers
  • Oxygen monitors or supplies - Oxygen uptake measurement devices
  • Personal computers
  • Photometers
  • Physiological recorders - Electrogoniometers
  • Potentiometers
  • Pressure indicators - Force plates
  • Radiometer - Radiometers
  • Signal generators
  • Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter - Noise dosimeters; Octave band analyzers; Sound level calibrators; Sound level meters
  • Tension testers - Tensile testers
  • Thermocouples
  • Thickness measuring devices - Anthropometers
  • Time relay - Time delay relay panel boxes
  • Torsion testers - Torsion meters
  • Turntables - Programmable logic controller PLC controlled turntables
  • Vibration testers - Vibration tables

Knowledge

  • 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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • 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.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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).
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • 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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Time Sharing - The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

Interests

  • Interest code: ICE
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
    • 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.

Work Context

  • Electronic Mail - 90% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 88% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 79% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 60% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Contact With Others - 52% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 74% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 55% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 44% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 72% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 51% responded “Important results.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 43% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 42% responded “Very important.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 42% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 50% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 50% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Letters and Memos - 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 34% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Time Pressure - 41% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 46% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 53% responded “About half the time.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 67% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 41% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Consequence of Error - 30% responded “Fairly serious.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 26% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 31% responded “Important.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 31% responded “Very important.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
62%Bachelor's degree
14%Post-secondary certificate
13%Associate's degree

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • 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.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Recognition - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
  • 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.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $41.29 hourly, $85,880 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 258,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 19,700

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