Industrial Engineering Technologists

Manufacturing > Manufacturing Production Process Development

Projected Growth: Slower than average

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

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

Common job titles of Industrial Engineering Technologists include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 68.01% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 15.2% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    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.

    Plan the flow of work or materials to maximize efficiency.

    Analyze operational, production, economic, or other data, using statistical procedures.

    Interpret engineering drawings, sketches, or diagrams.

    Compile operational data to develop cost or time estimates, schedules, or specifications.

    Supervise production workers.

    Collect and analyze data related to quality or industrial health and safety programs.

    Develop or implement programs to address problems related to production, materials, safety, or quality.

    Conduct time and motion studies to identify opportunities to improve worker efficiency.

    Prepare layouts of machinery or equipment, using drafting equipment or computer-aided design (CAD) software.

    Develop or conduct quality control tests to ensure consistent production quality.

    Oversee or inspect production processes.

    Analyze, estimate, or report production costs.

    Modify equipment or processes to improve resource or cost efficiency.

    Prepare schedules for equipment use or routine maintenance.

    Design plant or production facility layouts.

    Monitor and control inventory.

    Request equipment upgrades or purchases.

    Prepare reports regarding inventories of raw materials or finished products.

    Create computer applications for manufacturing processes or operations, using computer-aided design (CAD) or computer-assisted manufacturing (CAM) tools.


Viscosity meters

Vacuum pumps

Vacuum gauges

Universal testing machines

Three-dimensional prototyping printer

Surface grinding machines

Steam boilers

All Tools

Signal generators

Portable air compressors


Plastic injection molding machines

Personal computers


Milling machines

Melting point apparatus

Manual hardness testers


Laser scanners

Impact testers

Horizontal milling machines

Heat exchangers

Function generators

Dynamic actuators

Digital hardness testers

Desktop computers

Coordinate measuring machines CMM

Computerized numerical control CNC machining centers

Computerized numerical control CNC lathes

Bench grinders

Belt conveyors

Air heaters

Air conditioning units


Autodesk Inventor

Bentley MicroStation


Computer aided design CAD software

Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS


IBM SPSS Statistics

All Technologies

Kubotek CADKEY Wireframe

Management information systems MIS

Plant design management system PDMS

PTC Creo Parametric

Siemens PLM Software Solid Edge

Three-dimensional modeling software

Three-dimensional parametric design software



Vectorworks Machine Design

Advanced Dimensional Management 3D-GD&T

Autodesk Algor Simulation

Beginner’s all-purpose symbolic instruction code BASIC


CNC Mastercam

Computer aided manufacturing CAM software

Computerized numerical control CNC software

Delcam PowerMILL

Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing software

Graphics editing software

Infinity QS ProFicient

Inlet Technologies Semaphore

Materials requirement planning MRP software

Planit Alphacam

Presentation software

Production planning software

Rapid prototyping software

Rockwell Automation Arena

Spreadsheet software

Stat-Ease Design-Expert

Statistical process control SPC software

Tebis Base

The MathWorks Simulink


Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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.

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.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

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Occupation Sections


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.


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.


Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


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.

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