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What Does an Industrial Engineering Technician Do?

America’s factories are efficient – and that’s thanks, in part, to industrial engineering technicians. Through keen observation and creative thinking, they help employees and systems operate more effectively. They help industrial engineers come up with ways to improve efficiency and help establish standard procedures. They also plan workflows, conduct studies, prepare machinery and equipment layouts, help businesses minimize inventory costs, and analyze production costs with safety and efficiency in mind.

Industrial engineering technicians are needed for factories, offices, stores, repair shops, health care facilities and landfills. Because they are valuable to so many different types of businesses, their responsibilities may vary, depending on the employer.

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The versatility of industrial engineering technicians allows them to be useful in a variety of projects. (Credit: Freebird7977/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Study company operations in terms of time spent, motion, method and speed
  • Interpret diagrams and blueprints
  • Collect data and analyze it
  • Recommend revisions to processes or equipment layout to increase production
  • Observe workers and how they follow quality and production standards
  • Prepare charts and diagrams to illustrate workflow, floor layouts or material handling
  • Work with industrial engineers and management to create solutions
Education + Training

An associate degree or certificate in industrial engineering technology or a similar field is typically required. Some employers look for a bachelor’s degree. Community colleges and technical schools offer training programs, including courses in computer-aided design or computer-aided manufacturing. No license or certification is required, but some employers may look for quality engineer certification from the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

You May Be a Good Fit for This Position If You
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Are good at analyzing and problem-solving
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Excel at math
  • Have strong observation skills

Industrial Engineering Technician training in your area


Composites Manufacturing Associate Degree

Cerritos College
Norwalk (0.0 Miles)

Manufacturing Engineering Technology – Industrial Electrical Technician, A.A.S.

Lorain County Community College
Elyria (0.0 Miles)
Gateway Community College

Production Technology, A.A.S.

GateWay Community College (AZ)
Phoenix (0.0 Miles)
North Florida College

Advanced Manufacturing and Production Technology Career and Technical Certificate

North Florida College
Madison (0.0 Miles)

Industrial Electrial Controls Certificate

Southern Crescent Technical College
Griffin (0.0 Miles)

Manufacturing Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

Tulsa Community College
Tulsa (0.0 Miles)

Engineering Technology Certificate

St. Clair County Community College
Port Huron (0.0 Miles)

Industrial Systems Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

Zane State College
Zanesville (0.0 Miles)

Engineering Technology, A.S.

South Florida State College
Avon Park (0.0 Miles)

Industrial Systems Technology, A.A.S.

Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield (0.0 Miles)

Industrial Technology - Concentration: Manufacturing Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

Northeast State Community College
Blountville (0.0 Miles)

Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Instrumentation Technology

Louisiana Delta Community College
Monroe (0.0 Miles)
Meet Ambassador
David Vanderveen
Industrial engineering technician David Vanderveen
Meet Ambassador
David Vanderveen

David Vanderveen is a problem-solver of a different kind. His work as an industrial engineering technician means he studies processes and systems and makes them more efficient.

"Fitting together each piece of a process in the most efficient way possible is like a giant puzzle, and the satisfaction when everything comes together can’t be beat," says David.

The job pulls together two of his strengths: improving processes and working with different people to solve a problem.  

"A willingness to go out to where the process is performed and get your hands dirty also goes a long way toward being successful," he says.

Find out what else David has to say about being an industrial engineering technician.

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