Industrial Engineering Technologist
Industrial engineering technologists help industrial engineers implement designs to use resources effectively.
What does an Industrial Engineering Technologist do?
Industrial engineering technologists help industrial engineers implement designs to effectively use personnel, materials, and machines in industrial and commercial settings. They prepare machinery and equipment layouts, plan workflows, conduct statistical production studies, and analyse production costs.
As an industrial engineering technologist, you would:
- interpret engineering drawings, sketches, or diagrams
- conduct studies to evaluate work methods and investigate efficiencies
- develop or implement programs to address problems related to production, materials, safety, or quality
- modify equipment or processes to improve resource or cost efficiencies
- analyse, estimate, or report on production costs.
Key skills and interests
To become a industrial engineering technologist, you would need:
- to enjoy technical work
- have an aptitude for engineering
- be able to identify, analyse and solve problems
- have good oral and written communication skills
- good computer skills
- to be practical and creative.
Working hours and conditions
In a full-time role, you would normally work standard hours, Monday to Friday. In a manufacturing environment, you may be required to work shifts which might include night or weekend work.
Industrial engineering technologists work in varied industries and businesses.
Industrial engineering technologists use computer-aided design (CAD) software, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) methods and computer numerical control (CNC) programming in their work.
They work in offices or on-site. Some on-site workplaces such as factories may be noisy or dirty environments.
How to become an Industrial Engineering Technologist?
Entry Level Education
To become an industrial engineering technologist you usually have to complete a degree in engineering technology, or design and technology with a major in mechanical engineering or industrial computer systems. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics, chemistry, physics and industrial technology would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Industrial engineering graduates may be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia.
Employment of industrial engineering technologists is projected to grow somewhat slower than the average for all occupations.
Industrial engineering technologists are employed in a wide range of industries, including major manufacturing industries, hospitals, consulting and engineering services, and research and development firms. Firms in a variety of industries are seeking new ways to contain costs and improve efficiency, leading to more demand for industrial engineering technologists.