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Career Details :: Industrial Engineering Technicians
Apply engineering theory and principles to problems of industrial layout or manufacturing production, usually under the direction of engineering staff. May study and record time, motion, method, and speed involved in performance of production, maintenance, clerical, and other worker operations for such purposes as establishing standard production rates or improving efficiency.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Studies time, motion, methods, and speed involved in maintenance, production, and other operations to establish standard production rate and improve efficiency.
- Prepares charts, graphs, and diagrams to illustrate workflow, routing, floor layouts, material handling, and machine utilization.
- Observes workers operating equipment or performing tasks to determine time involved and fatigue rate, using timing devices.
- Recommends revision to methods of operation, material handling, equipment layout, or other changes to increase production or improve standards.
- Observes worker using equipment to verify that equipment is being operated and maintained according to quality assurance standards.
- Evaluates data and writes reports to validate or indicate deviations from existing standards.
- Prepares graphs or charts of data or enters data into computer for analysis.
- Aids in planning work assignments in accordance with worker performance, machine capacity, production schedules, and anticipated delays.
- Selects products for tests at specified stages in production process and tests products for performance characteristics and adherence to specifications.
- Compiles and evaluates statistical data to determine and maintain quality and reliability of products.
- Reads worker logs, product processing sheets, and specification sheets to verify that records adhere to quality assurance specifications.
- Interprets engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, or formulas and confers with management or engineering staff to determine quality and reliability standards.
- Recommends modifications to existing quality or production standards to achieve optimum quality within limits of equipment capability.
- Records test data, applying statistical quality control procedures.
- Aerospace Engineers
- Industrial Engineers
- Materials Engineers
- Materials Inspectors
- Petroleum Engineers
General Work Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Communicating With Other Workers
- Processing Information
- Documenting/Recording Information
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Consequence of Error