Industrial Engineering Technician

Industrial engineering technicians apply engineering theory and principles to problems of industrial layout or manufacturing production, usually under the direction of engineering staff.

Industrial Engineering Technician

Average Hourly Earnings



Associate Degree


  • Design new equipment or materials or recommend revised methods of operation, material handling, equipment layout, or other changes to increase production or improve standards
  • Test selected products at specific stages of production for performance characteristics or compliance with specifications
  • Compile and evaluate statistical data to determine and maintain quality and reliability of products
  • Establish standard production rate or improve efficiency by studying time, motion, methods, or speed involved in maintenance, production, or other operations
  • Interpret engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, or formulas for management or engineering staff
  • Read worker logs, product processing sheets, or specification sheets to make sure records meet quality assurance specifications
  • Observe worker performance to check that equipment is being operated and maintained according to quality assurance standards
  • Recommend changes to existing quality or production standards to achieve optimum quality

Work Environment

Industrial engineering technicians almost always work indoors in comfortable air temperatures. Being able to work well in a group or team is very important in this work. Industrial engineering technicians regularly work in settings where the noise levels are distracting or uncomfortable. They may be exposed to contaminated materials and frequently wear protective or safety equipment. Accuracy is very important in this work. Most technicians work full time, including many who work more than 40 hours a week.

Key Traits

Investigative. Frequently requires working with ideas and involves an extensive amount of thinking. May involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.