Industrial Engineering Technologist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Assists industrial engineers in such activities as quality control, inventory control or material flow methods. May conduct statistical studies or analyze production costs.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production Process Development pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Interprets engineering drawings, sketches, or diagrams.
  • Plans the flow of work or materials to maximize efficiency.
  • Develops or implements programs to address problems related to production, materials, safety, or quality.
  • Modifies equipment or processes to improve resource or cost efficiency.
  • Oversees or inspects production processes.
  • Analyzes, estimates, or reports production costs.
  • Compiles operational data to develop cost or time estimates, schedules, or specifications.
  • Monitors and controls inventory.
  • Conducts time and motion studies to identify opportunities to improve worker efficiency.
  • Analyzes operational, production, economic, or other data, using statistical procedures.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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  • Head of Operation and Logistics --
  • Liaison Engineer --
  • Manager, Asset Management --
  • Materials Planner/Production Planner --
  • Planner/Scheduler --
  • Production Control Supervisor --
  • Quality Management Coordinator --
  • Quality Tech --
  • Senior Quality Methods Specialist --