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Industrial Engineering Technicians - 17-3026.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Project Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Methods Engineer
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Production Staff Worker
  • Industrial Engineering Analyst
  • Process Documentation and Methods Analyst
  • Process Engineer
  • Plant Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Aid in planning work assignments in accordance with worker performance, machine capacity, production schedules, or anticipated delays.
  • Compile and evaluate statistical data to determine and maintain quality and reliability of products.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate data and write reports to validate or indicate deviations from existing standards.
  • 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.
  • Interpret engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, or formulas and confer with management or engineering staff to determine quality and reliability standards.
  • Monitor environmental management systems for compliance with environmental policies, programs, or regulations.
  • Observe worker using equipment to verify that equipment is being operated and maintained according to quality assurance standards.
  • Observe workers operating equipment or performing tasks to determine time involved and fatigue rate using timing devices.
  • Operate industrial hygiene equipment in manufacturing environments to reduce exposure to environmental contaminants.
  • Prepare charts, graphs, or diagrams to illustrate workflow, routing, floor layouts, material handling, or machine utilization.
  • Prepare graphs or charts of data or enter data into computer for analysis.
  • Read worker logs, product processing sheets, or specification sheets to verify that records adhere to quality assurance specifications.
  • Recommend modifications to existing quality or production standards to achieve optimum quality within limits of equipment capability.
  • 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.
  • Study time, motion, methods, or speed involved in maintenance, production, or other operations to establish standard production rate or improve efficiency.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
  • Assess product or process usefulness.
  • Create graphical representations of industrial production systems.
  • Design industrial equipment.
  • Dispose of hazardous materials.
  • Document design or operational test results.
  • Explain engineering drawings, specifications, or other technical information.
  • Inspect operational processes.
  • Monitor processes for compliance with standards.
  • Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations.
  • Operate industrial equipment.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Prepare technical or operational reports.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Research human performance or health factors related to engineering or design activities.
  • Test products for functionality or quality.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Quality Control Technician

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Personnel Quality Assurance Auditor
  • Quality Control Technician