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Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians

What they do?

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

A. Collect and compile operational or experimental data and assist in the development of estimates, schedules, specifications and reports

B. Collect and analyze data and samples in support of quality assurance and industrial health and safety programs

C. Develop manufacturing and processing procedures and variables, set machine or equipment controls, oversee production and inspect processes.

D. Technologists and technicians in this unit group may specialize in the development of production processes, quality assurance programs, plans and schedules in a particular industrial area such as metal fabrication, plastics, pulp and paper, or textile manufacturing.

E. Develop and conduct production, inventory and quality assurance programs in manufacturing or in other industries

F. Design plant layouts and production facilities

G. Develop and carry out work study and related programs

Where they find work?

1. Machinery manufacturing - 10.0%
2. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 10.0%
3. Plastics and rubber products manufacturing - 8.0%
4. Architectural engineering and related services - 8.0%
5. Motor vehicle parts manufacturing - 6.0%
6. Computer and electronic product manufacturing - 5.0%
7. Wholesale trade - 5.0%

What education do I need?

1. Completion of a two- or three-year college program or equivalent in industrial engineering technology, pulp and paper technology, plastics technology, textile technology, manufacturing technology or a related discipline is usually required for industrial engineering or manufacturing technologists.

2. Completion of a one- or two-year college program in industrial engineering technology or in a related discipline is usually required for industrial engineering or manufacturing technicians.

3. Certification in industrial engineering or manufacturing technology or in a related field is available through provincial or territorial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and technicians and may be required for some positions.

4. A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.

5. A college diploma in manufacturing technology and/or trade certification and experience in machining and tooling or metalworking is required for CAD-CAM/CNC programmers.

6. In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body is required to use the title of Professional Technologist.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Physics
3. Chemistry

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians is $23.53/HR, which is below average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians wages

Expected Wage by Age

Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians Wage By Age

Unemployment:

3% of Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($23.53) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (3%) 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 automated production of Canadian manufacturing industries and the growth in the metal products and machinery 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 match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians are found in Quebec and Ontario while the lowest concentrations are in Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (20%) is below the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Team project work

2. Proposal writing

3. Presenting

Part Time Workers

Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


4% of Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 17,400 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 39% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 7% of Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


38% of the individuals employed as Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.