Industrial Engineers
SOC: 17-2112.00

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
241,100 employed

Projected (2024):
243,200 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Automation Engineer
  • Configuration Management Analyst
  • Configuration Manager
  • District Plant Engineer
  • Documentation Engineer
  • Efficiency Analyst
  • Efficiency Engineer
  • Efficiency Expert
  • Engineer
  • Engineering Inspector
  • Engineering Manager
  • Environmental Systems Coordinator
  • Equipment Inspector
  • Factory Engineer
  • Factory Expert
  • Factory Lay Out Engineer
  • Factory Lay-Out Engineer
  • Field Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Industrial Methods Consultant
  • Inventory Analyst
  • Liaison Engineer
  • Logistical Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Planner
  • Manufacturing Specialist
  • Material Scheduler
  • Materials Planner
  • Metallurgical and Quality Control Testing Supervisor
  • Methods Engineer
  • Methods Time Analyst
  • Metrologist
  • Operations Engineer
  • Packaging Engineer
  • Plant Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Production Control Expert
  • Production Control Planner
  • Production Engineer
  • Production Engineering Tooling Coordinator
  • Production Expert
  • Production Manager
  • Production Planner
  • Production Tool Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst)
  • Quality Assurance Engineer (QA Engineer)
  • Quality Assurance Manager (QA Manager)
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Quality Control Director
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Quality Control Expert
  • Quality Control Industrial Engineer
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Quality Controller
  • Quality Engineer
  • Salvage Engineer
  • Shoe Lay-Out Planner
  • Standards Engineer
  • Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Supply Chain Engineer
  • Test Inspection Engineer
  • Time Study Engineer
  • Tool Design Engineer
  • Tool Engineer
  • Tool Planner
  • Traffic Rate Analyst
  • Vendor Quality Supervisor


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Anechoic auditory test chambers
  • Anthropometers
  • Audio amplifiers
  • Audio equalizers
  • Audio tape recorders
  • Audiometers
  • Camera controllers
  • Computer servers
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Digital cameras
  • Electrogoniometers
  • Electrophysics infrared cameras
  • Environmental ovens
  • Fast Fourier transform FFT spectrum analyzers
  • Force plates
  • Hardness testers
  • Heart rate monitors
  • Heated environmental chambers
  • Hydraulic power units
  • Hydraulic presses
  • Inverted metallurgical microscopes
  • Laser printers
  • Load cells
  • Microcontrollers
  • Motion control systems
  • Multimeters
  • Noise dosimeters
  • Octave band analyzers
  • Optical benches
  • Oxygen uptake measurement devices
  • Personal computers
  • Photometers
  • Potentiometers
  • Pressure transducers
  • Programmable logic controller PLC controlled turntables
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Pulsed width modulation PWM drives
  • Radiometers
  • Recording microphones
  • Reverberant auditory test chambers
  • Signal generators
  • Sound level calibrators
  • Sound level meters
  • Tensile testers
  • Thermocouples
  • Time delay relay panel boxes
  • Torsion meters
  • Variable frequency drives VFD
  • Vibration tables
  • 3D Static Strength Prediction Program 3DSSPP software
  • A mathematical programming language AMPL
  • ABAQUS software
  • Allen Bradley PanelView
  • Assembly line balancing software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Automatic dynamic incremental nonlinear analysis ADINA software
  • C++
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Computer numerical control CNC software
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Data acquisition software
  • Dataxiom StatMost
  • Decision support software
  • Design of experiments DOE software
  • Discrete event simulation software
  • ECHIP software
  • EGS FeatureCAM
  • Electronic breadboard software
  • ETA Dynaform
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Facilities design software
  • Facilities planning software
  • Finite element method FEM software
  • Hewlett Packard LoadRunner
  • Human machine interface HMI software
  • Human modeling software
  • IBM Notes
  • ILOG CPLEX
  • International TechneGroup IGESworks
  • Inventory management software
  • Linux
  • Logic programming software
  • MAGMA MAGMASOFT
  • Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search MINOS software
  • Manhattan Associates PkMS Pickticket
  • Maplesoft Maple
  • Materials requirements planning MRP software
  • Mathsoft Mathcad
  • MAYA I-DEAS
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition VBScript
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Microsoft Word
  • Minitab software
  • Modular arrangement of predetermined time standards software MODAPTS
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Neural network modeling software
  • NeuralWare software
  • Numerical control software
  • Nupro CastView
  • Optimization software
  • Oracle Retek
  • Personnel scheduling software
  • PMC KanbanSIM
  • Process reengineering software
  • Production flow analysis software
  • Production scheduling and planning software
  • ProModel software
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • Python
  • Quality control software
  • Robotic control software
  • Robotic simulation software
  • Rockwell Automation Arena
  • Rockwell RSLogix
  • SAP software
  • SAS software
  • SolidWorks CAD software
  • StatGraphics software
  • Statistical software
  • Stratasys FDM MedModeler
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Sun Microsystems Java
  • Supply chain capacity planning software
  • Task analysis software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Three-dimensional simulation translation software
  • Time and motion analysis software
  • UGS Jack
  • UGS Solid Edge
  • User interface design software
  • Warehouse management software
  • Windward Technologies GRG2
  • Wolfram Research Mathematica
  • Workcell simulation software
  • Yield management systems


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980