What do Industrial Engineering Technicians do?

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.

  • Interpret engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, or formulas and confer with management or engineering staff to determine quality and reliability standards.
  • Read worker logs, product processing sheets, or specification sheets to verify that records adhere to quality assurance specifications.
  • Observe worker using equipment to verify that equipment is being operated and maintained according to quality assurance standards.
  • Compile and evaluate statistical data to determine and maintain quality and reliability of products.
  • Prepare charts, graphs, or diagrams to illustrate workflow, routing, floor layouts, material handling, or machine utilization.
  • Study time, motion, methods, or speed involved in maintenance, production, or other operations to establish standard production rate or improve efficiency.
  • Design new equipment and materials or recommend revision to methods of operation, material handling, equipment layout, or other changes to increase production or improve standards.
  • Aid in planning work assignments in accordance with worker performance, machine capacity, production schedules, or anticipated delays.
  • Recommend modifications to existing quality or production standards to achieve optimum quality within limits of equipment capability.
  • Evaluate data and write reports to validate or indicate deviations from existing standards.
  • Prepare graphs or charts of data or enter data into computer for analysis.
  • Record test data, applying statistical quality control procedures.
  • Select products for tests at specified stages in production process, and test products for performance characteristics and adherence to specifications.
  • Observe workers operating equipment or performing tasks to determine time involved and fatigue rate using timing devices.
  • 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.

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Necessary Skills

  • Monitoring
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Active Learning
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis

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