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What Industrial Engineering Technicians Do

Industrial engineering technicians plan ways to effectively use personnel, materials, and machines in factories, stores, health care organizations, repair shops, and offices. As assistants to industrial engineers, they help prepare machinery and equipment layouts, plan workflows, conduct statistical production studies, and analyze production costs.


Industrial engineering technicians typically do the following:

Industrial engineering technicians study the time and steps workers take to do a task (called "time and motion" studies). To set reasonable production rates, they consider how workers are doing operations such as maintenance, production, and service.

They also observe workers to make sure that the equipment is being used and maintained according to quality assurance standards. They then evaluate the resulting data to point out or justify changes to the operations or the standards to improve quality and efficiency.

Industrial engineering technicians generally work in teams under the supervision of industrial engineers.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition