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Industrial Engineering Technicians(2233)

This profile was developed as part of an occupational standard. The NOC group to which it relates is "Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians". Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians may work independently or provide technical support and services in the development of production methods, facilities and systems, and the planning, estimating, measuring and scheduling of work. They are employed by manufacturing and insurance companies, government departments and in other industries.

Reading Help - Reading
  • Read safety advice and usage guidelines on Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels. (1)
  • Read memos for information relating to human resources, quality control or design requirements. (2)
  • Read tender information to learn about particular customers' requirements. (2)
  • Read WHMIS Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for detailed information about hazardous chemicals. (3)
  • Read trade magazines to learn about developments in the field. (3)
  • Read equipment literature specification sheets regarding new equipment to determine the appropriate application of the machine. (3)
  • Read and evaluate equipment manufacturers' claims about the rate of return on investment (ROI) to determine whether or not to recommend the equipment. (3)
  • Read health and safety policy manuals, internal procedure manuals, customer quality specification manuals, and equipment manuals to find specific information. (4)
  • Read documents specifying government regulations, for the purpose of bidding on government contracts and when completing Worker's Compensation Board forms. (4)
  • May read case decisions from the Worker's Compensation Board. (4)
Document use Help - Document use
  • Read labels on boxes or packaging materials. (1)
  • Read production schedules. (2)
  • Read quality specification forms. (2)
  • Read and update bar graphs to monitor an operator's learning curve. (2)
  • May utilize old costing forms to estimate future orders. (3)
  • May use blueprints for the layout of the floor. (3)
  • Use scale drawings to determine layouts. (3)
  • Use measurement scales to interpret scale drawings. (3)
  • Read operator performance sheets to monitor efficiency and take corrective action. (3)
Writing Help - Writing
  • Write rate change notices informing all departments of changes in an order. (1)
  • Write notes to themselves about action required. (1)
  • Write descriptions on the layout drawings they produce. (2)
  • Write text to support drawings when making recommendations for layout/facilities planning. (2)
  • Write descriptions of methods for specific jobs. (2)
  • May produce engineering reports. This involves merely updating the information in the previous month's report. (2)
  • Write capitalization authorization requests when recommending an acquisition. (3)
  • Write cost analysis reports, outlining changes or improvements in methods which will lead to cost reductions. (4)
Numeracy Help - Numeracy Money Math
  • Make small cash purchases drawing on a petty cash fund. (1)
Scheduling, Budgeting & Accounting Math
  • Produce work schedules for the production unit. (2)
  • Compare proposed labour cost against actual costs, examining staffing levels, production and actual cost ratios. (3)
Measurement and Calculation Math
  • Measure available floor space to design a new layout. (1)
  • Measure garments to determine conformity to specifications. (1)
  • Make scale drawings when designing new layouts. (3)
Data Analysis Math
  • Compare costs, materials use and operator efficiency to benchmark studies. (3)
  • Produce cost analysis reports and perform time studies. The latter are the basis for establishing pay rates. (3)
Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate staffing requirements. (1)
  • Estimate costs and task times when scheduling an order. (3)
Oral communication Help - Oral communication
  • Consult suppliers of goods and service suppliers such as mechanics to obtain information such as the capabilities of a specific sewing machine. (1)
  • Interact with customers to obtain information, such as to clarify an order. (1)
  • Interact with the payroll and human resources departments to solve specific problems or to seek information. (1)
  • Interact with supervisors and operators to obtain and to communicate information. (1)
  • Consult with their manager to exchange information, get approval on direction and co-ordinate work. (2)
  • Interact with the product development department to provide or receive information and to co-ordinate work. (2)
  • Conduct plant tours for potential retailers, students and government auditors, explaining production, and answering questions. (2)
  • Participate in production meetings to exchange information and solve problems. (3)
  • Make presentations to groups of employees to present information such as a new method. (3)
  • Lead meetings, such as meetings to discuss processes to reduce the costs of new construction methods. (3)
  • Make presentations to management (e.g. vice-president) concerning a major rate change or a proposed bonus system to increase productivity. (4)
Thinking Help - Thinking Problem Solving
  • Investigate problems with piecework tickets, changing the rate with the payroll department. (1)
  • Solve problems at any point in production. (2)
  • Refer to time studies and layout to resolve problems when a line is underproducing. (3)
  • Avoid problems resulting from differing personal preferences about layout by consulting with the parties involved before implementing layout changes. (3)
Decision Making
  • Make decisions regarding new time values for an operation. (1)
  • Make recommendations on staffing as it relates to balancing the lines. (2)
  • Decide when and how to execute special projects that are over and above their daily duties. (2)
  • Make recommendations to the human resources department on which new employees should be retained based on monitoring their performance. Their recommendations carry significant weight. (3)
Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking information was not collected for this profile.

Job Task Planning and Organizing

Industrial engineering technicians typically plan their own daily activities, prioritizing tasks to ensure maximum efficiency, and taking into account the extent to which scheduled tasks such as time studies and layout plans will involve other departments and operations. There are frequent interruptions to their daily schedule and a high degree of integration of their own planning with the work plan of the project development and design departments is required. (3)

Significant Use of Memory
  • Use short term memory to recall specific things they have to do during the course of that day.
  • Remember the names of operators and co-workers.
  • Memorize familiar operation numbers, rates and product style names.
Finding Information
  • Research vendors for price and availability of materials. (2)
  • Do research when setting up for a new style in order to obtain greater efficiency. (2)
  • Research alternate production methods. (3)
  • Conduct research prior to making decisions about the purchase of new equipment. (3)
Digital technology Help - Digital technology
  • They prepare reports. (2)
  • They work on layouts. (2)
  • They collect and analyze production data. (2)
  • They monitor operator performance. (2)
  • They design layouts. (3)
  • They may use the Internet to carry out research on new equipment. (3)
  • Use other computer applications. They use personal computers, mainframes and local area networks. For example, they may collect and analyze data. (3)
Additional information Help - Additional information Other Essential Skills:

Working with Others

Industrial engineering technicians are members of the production team. However, in performing their tasks, they work independently, co-ordinating their work with that of others and exchanging information with them sometimes. They may work with a partner from another department to set up a specific project. They participate in daily production meetings, monthly quality control meetings and quarterly, semi-annual or annual planning meetings.

Continuous Learning

Industrial engineering technicians continue to learn as new products, equipment and styles require constant upgrading of knowledge.

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