Industrial Engineering Technician

Occupation Information table
Overview: Industrial engineering technicians determine the optimum layout and positioning of machines, materials and workers on factory floors, offices, stores and repair shops. Their goal is to optimize the flow of work and business operations.
Duties: They analyze the kinds of eequipment, procedures and work space needed by workers in an organization in order to produce goods or perform services.

Prepare layout plans for the equipment and people, the flow of work, the raw materials and inventory. They estimate costs for installing equipment.

Conduct pilot studies to test production efficiency and quality of output using the proposed layout plans. Conduct statistical analyses with study data.

They confer with production engineers and staff to review and confirm how the work will flow through the facility and new worker training needed.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to decline by 2% or more from 2018 to 2028. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $34,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: An associate degree from a 2-year college or technical institute is the usual educational requirement. Coursework in computer applications for engineering and computer-assisted design and drafting (CADD) is essential. Graduates of programs approved by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology are given preference for job openings in this field.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Installing equipment, machines, wiring, etc. according to a set of specifications.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.