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Industrial Engineers - 17-2112.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes, including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Continuous Improvement Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Facilities Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Operations Engineer
  • Plant Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Research and Development Engineer (R and D Engineer)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Analyze statistical data and product specifications to determine standards and establish quality and reliability objectives of finished product.
  • Apply statistical methods and perform mathematical calculations to determine manufacturing processes, staff requirements, and production standards.
  • Communicate with management and user personnel to develop production and design standards.
  • Complete production reports, purchase orders, and material, tool, and equipment lists.
  • Confer with clients, vendors, staff, and management personnel regarding purchases, product and production specifications, manufacturing capabilities, or project status.
  • Coordinate and implement quality control objectives, activities, or procedures to resolve production problems, maximize product reliability, or minimize costs.
  • Develop manufacturing methods, labor utilization standards, and cost analysis systems to promote efficient staff and facility utilization.
  • Direct workers engaged in product measurement, inspection, and testing activities to ensure quality control and reliability.
  • Draft and design layout of equipment, materials, and workspace to illustrate maximum efficiency using drafting tools and computer.
  • Estimate production costs, cost saving methods, and the effects of product design changes on expenditures for management review, action, and control.
  • Evaluate precision and accuracy of production and testing equipment and engineering drawings to formulate corrective action plan.
  • Formulate sampling procedures and designs and develop forms and instructions for recording, evaluating, and reporting quality and reliability data.
  • Implement methods and procedures for disposition of discrepant material and defective or damaged parts, and assess cost and responsibility.
  • Plan and establish sequence of operations to fabricate and assemble parts or products and to promote efficient utilization.
  • Recommend methods for improving utilization of personnel, material, and utilities.
  • Record or oversee recording of information to ensure currency of engineering drawings and documentation of production problems.
  • Regulate and alter workflow schedules according to established manufacturing sequences and lead times to expedite production operations.
  • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, orders, and related information to obtain knowledge of manufacturing methods, procedures, and activities.
  • Schedule deliveries based on production forecasts, material substitutions, storage and handling facilities, and maintenance requirements.
  • Study operations sequence, material flow, functional statements, organization charts, and project information to determine worker functions and responsibilities.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze design or requirements information for mechanical equipment or systems.
  • Analyze project data to determine specifications or requirements.
  • Communicate technical information to suppliers, contractors, or regulatory agencies.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
  • Create graphical representations of industrial production systems.
  • Determine operational methods.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
  • Devise research or testing protocols.
  • Direct quality control activities.
  • Discuss designs or plans with clients.
  • Document technical design details.
  • Estimate operational costs.
  • Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality.
  • Implement design or process improvements.
  • Prepare contracts, disclosures, or applications.
  • Prepare operational reports.
  • Prepare procedural documents.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Review technical documents to plan work.
  • Schedule operational activities.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aircraft Maintenance Quality Control Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Aviation Maintenance Management Engineer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Aviation Maintenance Planning Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Civil Engineer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Civil Engineer, Industrial Engineer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • CWO - Aviation Maintenance Technician (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • CWO - Electronics Technician, Surface (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Depot Maintenance Engineering and Quality Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Depot Maintenance Production Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Industrial Engineer (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Industrial Engineering (Coast Guard - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Electronics, Surface (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Production Engineering Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Quality Assurance Superintendent (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Research and Development (Coast Guard - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Aerospace Engineering (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer - Aerospace Engineering (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer - Aviation Maintenance (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Engineering Duty Officer - Ship Engineering (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Naval Reactors Engineer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer - Strategic Sealift Officer (SSO) (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ship Type Planning and Estimating Superintendent (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Test and Evaluation (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Weapons Planning and Progress Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Logistics Engineer

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Configuration Management Analyst
  • Documentation Engineer
  • Equipment Inspector
  • Factory Lay-Out Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Liaison Engineer
  • Manager, Quality Control
  • Material Scheduler
  • Metrologist
  • Production Engineer
  • Production Planner
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Shoe-Lay-Out Planner
  • Standards Engineer
  • Supervisor, Metallurgical-and-Quality-Control-Testing
  • Supervisor, Vendor Quality
  • Time-Study Engineer
  • Tool Planner
  • Tooling Coordinator, Production Engineering