Industrial engineering technicians work to assist in facilitating efficiency, productivity and safety at manufacturing plants, industries and business by applying engineering principles and techniques. Businesses that may hire these technicians include offices, repair shops, landfills, stores, factories and health care facilities. Depending on the employer, the industrial engineering technician responsibilities vary, in some industries they may have to carry additional tasks. One facet of this job post involves providing assistance in evaluating, developing and improving procedures and methods for the processes with which they execute their tasks. Technicians may work to make layouts and setup standards as well as processes.
Engineering technicians prepare equipment and machinery layouts to enhance the efficiency by complying the standards and policies or troubleshoot. They have the authority to propose solutions to various issues related to quality control. They may study and keep track of certain aspects such as motion, time, speed and method in execution of any operation; this is to establish production rates and improve efficiency of work. Other than the technical tasks, technicians may also have to write documentation such as reports, procedures and directives, identify preventions and implement solutions to various issues, refine or analyze operation, perform inspections and audit or recommend alterations.
Basic Tasks and Job Duties
A technician carries out all their tasks and duties by applying engineering principles and theories to resolve the problems related to production or industrial layout. They mostly work under the guidance of the engineering staff. Some of their typical job responsibilities are:
They also observe workers to make sure that the equipment is being used and maintained according to quality assurance standards. They then asses the resulting information to justify or point out alterations to the standards or the operations to improve efficiency along with quality. These technicians usually work in teams under the direction of industrial engineers.
A bachelor's degree in industrial engineering or an associate's degree or a similar major is required to be hired for the position of industrial engineering technician. An associate's degree program may have courses on motion study, computer aided drafting, safety in the workplace, measurements, automated systems, process control, robotics, statistics and industrial technology. Usually, getting hired for this job post does not require certification, but some employers may request for a quality engineer certification approved by the American Society for Quality. Qualifying a written examination and holding eight years experience of on-the job training is the criteria to get the certification, although a degree or diploma can work as an alternative to experience.
Industrial engineering technician responsibilities cover all the facets of technical tasks that require wide knowledge of their industry.