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Industrial Engineers

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.   (O'Net 17-2112.00)

 
Reported job 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
 
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Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 24.12   $ 30.38   $ 36.49   $ 44.63   $ 51.25   $ 37.74  
    Yearly $50,170   $63,200   $75,890   $92,830   $106,610   $78,500  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 25.21   $ 30.83   $ 36.29   $ 44.28   $ 52.72   $ 38.31  
    Yearly $52,450   $64,130   $75,480   $92,110   $109,670   $79,690  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 25.16   $ 31.04   $ 36.54   $ 44.22   $ 49.90   $ 37.22  
    Yearly $52,340   $64,570   $76,010   $91,980   $103,800   $77,430  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 21.28   $ 25.62   $ 38.10   $ 46.03   $ 51.33   $ 36.64  
    Yearly $44,260   $53,280   $79,250   $95,750   $106,760   $76,210  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Transportation equipment manufacturing 17.7%
    Computer and electronic product manufacturing 13.5%
    Machinery manufacturing 8.9%
    Fabricated metal product manufacturing 5.8%
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 5.3%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Plan and establish sequence of operations to fabricate and assemble parts or products and to promote efficient utilization.
     
  • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, orders, and related information to obtain knowledge of manufacturing methods, procedures, and activities.
     
  • Estimate production costs, cost saving methods, and the effects of product design changes on expenditures for management review, action, and control.
     
  • Draft and design layout of equipment, materials, and workspace to illustrate maximum efficiency using drafting tools and computer.
     
  • Coordinate and implement quality control objectives, activities, or procedures to resolve production problems, maximize product reliability, or minimize costs.
     
  • Communicate with management and user personnel to develop production and design standards.
     
  • Recommend methods for improving utilization of personnel, material, and utilities.
     
  • Develop manufacturing methods, labor utilization standards, and cost analysis systems to promote efficient staff and facility utilization.
     
  • Confer with clients, vendors, staff, and management personnel regarding purchases, product and production specifications, manufacturing capabilities, or project status.
     
  • Apply statistical methods and perform mathematical calculations to determine manufacturing processes, staff requirements, and production standards.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Engineers  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
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  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Engineers  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Engineers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Engineers  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment - Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Engineers  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Engineers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Engineers  updated June 2010
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Industrial Engineers
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Engineer Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Professional Engineering
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Engineers  updated June 2010
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Industrial Engineers
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Industrial Engineering.
     
    • Manufacturing Engineering.
     
    • Packaging Science. (NEW)
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    Related Occupations
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  • Electrical Engineers
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  • Industrial Engineering Technicians
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  • Logistics Engineers
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  • Materials Engineers
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  • Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Engineers 
     

     
     
     
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