Industrial Engineering Technicians
SOC: 17-3026.00


Apply engineering theory and principles to problems of industrial layout or manufacturing production, usually under the direction of engineering staff. May perform time and motion studies on worker operations in a variety of industries for purposes such as establishing standard production rates or improving efficiency.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
66,500 employed

Projected (2024):
63,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Analysis Tester
  • Boiler Water Tester
  • Cellophane Tester
  • Cloth Tester
  • CPS Team Lead (Chip Placement Solution Team Lead)
  • Engineering Technician
  • Industrial Engineering Analyst
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Industrial Technician
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technician
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Materials Planner
  • Methods Engineer
  • Methods Specialist Engineer
  • Methods Study Analyst
  • Methods Time Analyst
  • Motion Study Analyst
  • Motion Study Engineer
  • Motion Study Technician
  • Paper Tester
  • Personnel Quality Assurance Auditor
  • Plant Facilities Technician
  • Process Documentation and Methods Analyst
  • Process Engineer
  • Process Technician
  • Production Analyst
  • Production Control Analyst
  • Production Control Technologist
  • Production Planner
  • Production Staff Worker
  • Project Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Manager (QA Manager)
  • Quality Control Engineering Technician (QC Engineering Technician)
  • Quality Control Representative (QC Representative)
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Quality Controller
  • Quality Process Lead
  • Soda Tester
  • Solar Hot Water Heater Manufacturing Technician
  • Time Motion Analyst
  • Time Study Analyst
  • Time Study Observer
  • Time Study Technician
  • Time Study Technologist
  • Woolen Tester
  • Yarn Tester

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Study time, motion, methods, or speed involved in maintenance, production, or other operations to establish standard production rate or improve efficiency.
  • Recommend modifications to existing quality or production standards to achieve optimum quality within limits of equipment capability.
  • Aid in planning work assignments in accordance with worker performance, machine capacity, production schedules, or anticipated delays.
  • Prepare charts, graphs, or diagrams to illustrate workflow, routing, floor layouts, material handling, or machine utilization.
  • Evaluate data and write reports to validate or indicate deviations from existing standards.
  • Read worker logs, product processing sheets, or specification sheets to verify that records adhere to quality assurance specifications.
  • Compile and evaluate statistical data to determine and maintain quality and reliability of products.
  • Evaluate industrial operations for compliance with permits or regulations related to the generation, storage, treatment, transportation, or disposal of hazardous materials or waste.
  • Initiate or participate in emergency response procedures to contain, secure, or clean spills of hazardous materials.
  • Monitor environmental management systems for compliance with environmental policies, programs, or regulations.
  • Operate industrial hygiene equipment in manufacturing environments to reduce exposure to environmental contaminants.
  • Design new equipment or materials or recommend revision to methods of operation, material handling, equipment layout, or other changes to increase production or improve standards.
  • Test selected products at specified stages in the production process for performance characteristics or adherence to specifications.
  • Interpret engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, or formulas for management or engineering staff.
  • Verify that equipment is being operated and maintained according to quality assurance standards by observing worker performance.
  • Apply statistical quality control procedures to production test data.
  • Order and purchase manufacturing equipment for production operations.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines
  • Computerized numerical control CNC lathes
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Dial indicators
  • Digital video cameras
  • Direct computer-controlled coordinate measuring machines DCC-CMM
  • Forklifts
  • Gauge blocks
  • Optical comparators
  • Personal computers
  • Plotters
  • Scissor lifts
  • Toolmaker's microscopes
  • Vernier calipers
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Computerized numerical control CNC machine software
  • Data entry software
  • Graphics software
  • Kinematic Engineering MicroMeasure IV
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • ProModel software
  • PTC Pro/ENGINEER software
  • SAP software
  • SolidWorks CAD software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Statistical software
  • Wilcox Associates PC-DMIS
  • Word processing software

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980