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Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers

What they do?

Industrial and manufacturing engineers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Conduct studies of the reliability and performance of plant facilities and production or administrative systems

B. Develop maintenance standards, schedules and programs

C. Establish programs and conduct studies to enhance industrial health and safety or to identify and correct fire and other hazards

D. Evaluate or assess industrial facilities

E. Supervise technicians, technologists, analysts, administrative staff and other engineers.

F. Plan and design plant layouts and facilities

G. Study new machinery and facilities and recommend or select efficient combinations

Where they find work?

1. Machinery manufacturing - 10.0%
2. Motor vehicle parts manufacturing - 9.0%
3. Computer and electronic product manufacturing - 8.0%
4. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 6.0%
5. Plastics and rubber products manufacturing - 5.0%
6. Primary metal manufacturing - 5.0%

What education do I need?

1. A bachelor's degree in industrial engineering or in a related engineering discipline is required.

2. A master's degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline may be required.

3. Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).

4. Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.

5. Supervisory and senior positions in this unit group require experience.

6. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Physics
3. Computer-related courses
4. Chemistry

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers is $29.47/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and close to the average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers Wage By Age


4% of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for professional occupations.


Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($29.47) are above the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (4%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be above average because of the strength of the electrical and electronic products, automotive and other transportation equipment industries.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers are found in Ontario and Quebec while the lowest concentrations are in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (14%) is below the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Team project work

2. Proposal writing

Part Time Workers

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

1% of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 12,400 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 28% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 4% of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

18% of the individuals employed as Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.