The job, as an industrial engineer, is to find ways in which the client can reduce or end wastage of resources in his or her factory. They monitor and analyze the processes that are happening during the production phase; they then use their knowledge and experience to prepare reports and guidelines on how to make production more effective.

One of the key elements they target is time-wastage. They monitor the production process, which sometimes contain complex systems. They plan and test methods; they optimize the manufacturing process to gain maximum efficiency by reducing or eliminating time wastage.

Reducing raw-material wastage is another obstacle they deal with. They analyze how the raw material reaches the manufacturing plant and how it is used in the manufacturing process; they also investigate if any of it is wasted unnecessarily.

They also analyze how a given manufacturing process can be made efficient by optimizing machine operations, use of advanced technologies, automating processes, reduce cost, etc.

An industrial engineering technician works alongside engineers. Their job is to assist engineers and provide feedback when needed. They often have to stay at the manufacturing facility to monitor different activities. They record all the data, which they later provide to engineers.

Engineers spend their time both indoors and outdoors. To obverse production, they need to remain inside factories. This is a demanding job, both physically and mentally. When they are making plans or are finding solutions to problems, they work inside their offices.

Technicians spend most of their time at work-sites. They stay in factories to monitor different processes and collect data.

You need a bachelor’s degree in industrial, mechanical, manufacturing, or electrical engineering. A master’s degree and work experience can help you get better employment.

Technicians in this field require at least an undergraduate academic degree or certification.

Check following links for more information, these are ABET accredited programs:

1. Arizona State University
2. California Polytechnic State University
3. Clemson University
4. Florida A&M University
5. Inter American University of Puerto Rico
6. Lehigh University
7. Mississippi State University
8. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
9. Northwestern University
10. Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

There are currently 250,000 industrial engineering and 65,000 industrial engineering technician jobs in United States. In the coming years, between 2014 and 2024, the projected job growth in this sector is 1%.

Industrial engineers make ~$53,500 to 127,000, annually.
Pay for a technician is between $39,500 and $62,500, yearly.

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Updated: 09/02/2017
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