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Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians

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NOC:2233
Occupation:Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians
Category:Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

About the job

Nature of work:

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 establishments in other industries.

Job duties:
Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Develop and conduct production, inventory and quality assurance programs in manufacturing or in other industries.
  • Design plant layouts and production facilities.
  • Develop and carry out work study and related programs.
  • Develop and carry out industrial health, safety and fire prevention plans and programs and conduct safety training programs.
  • Develop applications using CAD/CAM (computer-assisted drafting, computer-assisted manufacturing) for the control of robots, computer numerical control (CNC) machines and other manufacturing processes and operations.
Industrial engineering and manufacturing technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Assist in the design of plant layouts.
  • Conduct work measurement or other studies.
  • Collect and compile operational or experimental data and assist in the development of estimates, schedules, specifications and reports.
  • Collect and analyze data and samples in support of quality assurance and industrial health and safety programs.
  • Develop manufacturing and processing procedures and variables, set machine or equipment controls, oversee production and inspect processes.

Technologists and technicians 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.

Sample job titles:
  • computer-assisted design/computer-assisted manufacturing (CAD/CAM) programmer
  • industrial engineering analyst
  • industrial engineering technician
  • inventory control technician
  • loss prevention technologist - manufacturing
  • manufacturing cost estimator
  • manufacturing technician
  • manufacturing technologist
  • production and quality control technologist
  • production planning technician
Skills:

For these jobs, you should enjoy technical work and mathematics, and have an interest in science. A high degree of manual dexterity and mechanical ability may be necessary. You must be precise, analytical, and able to work alone or as part of a team. Good oral and written communication skills are important. Familiarity with computers is also required. Physical stamina may be required for fieldwork.

Job requirements:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.
  • 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.
Other considerations:

There is mobility to related fields such as technical sales. Progression to managerial positions is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 68% of Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $62,678. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians245Moderate growth40High
Minimum: $20.00
Median: $28.50
Maximum: $38.46
Minimum: $12,876
Median: $51,883
Maximum: $94,850
Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology25,875Strong growth3,095Low
Minimum: $17.69
Median: $31.35
Maximum: $47.18
Minimum: $13,568
Median: $60,422
Maximum: $107,009
Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
Percent employed full-time91%94%
Percent self-employed0%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentIndustrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern9%x12%$30,581
Northern17%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton9%x13%$32,974
Halifax52%$54,36947%$41,209
Annapolis Valley12%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeIndustrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
15-2418%x
25-3427%14%
35-4424%33%
45-5420%32%
55-6410%18%
65+N/A4%
Median Age4343
GenderIndustrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
Female19%20%
Male81%80%
EducationIndustrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolN/Ax0.7%$28,107
High school12.5%$33,36012.1%$35,125
Trades certificate14.3%$76,8566.8%$54,923
College certificate or diploma46.4%$78,53933.7%$52,476
University certificate or diploma7.1%x3.7%$52,446
Bachelor's degree10.7%$42,98329.7%$58,011
University advanced certificate or diploma3.6%x2.0%$54,917
Master's degreeN/Ax9.7%$37,706
Doctorate3.6%x1.7%$65,565
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry3.6%x0.1%$57,566
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
Engineering Technicians and Technologists
Right to Title:This job is regulated in Nova Scotia. The job title is protected (you may not use this job title without a professional designation). Professional designation shows that the holder has met provincial requirements for the job. Employers may require professional designation, however, you do not need professional designation to legally work in this job.
Regulating body:
TechNova
202 Brownlow Avenue, Cambridge 1, Suite A308
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1T5
(902) 463-3236
(902) 465-7567
info@technova.ca
Useful contacts:
TechNova
202 Brownlow Avenue, Cambridge 1, Suite 308
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1T5
Tel: (902) 463-3236
Fax: (902) 465-7567
info@technova.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Engineering technology - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in a wide variety of projects. These programs include courses in various engineering support functions for research, production, and operations, and applications to specific engineering specialties.
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Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Industrial engineering
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply scientific and mathematical principles to the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, material, information, and energy. These programs include courses in applied mathematics, physical sciences, the social sciences, engineering analysis, systems design, computer applications, and forecasting and evaluation methodology.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Manufacturing engineering technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills to the identification and resolution of production problems in the manufacture of products. These programs include courses in machine operations, production line operations, engineering analysis, systems analysis, instrumentation, physical controls, automation, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), manufacturing planning, quality control, and informational infrastructure.
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Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
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