Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians

(NOC 2233)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

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 Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 40 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3095 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

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)

Hourly Pay

$20.00

Minimum

$28.50

Median

$38.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$12,876

Minimum

$51,883

Median

$94,850

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$17.69

Minimum

$31.35

Median

$47.18

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

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.

By the numbers

Quick look

245

employed in 2016

91.1%

employed full-time

6.1%

self employed

19.0%
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81%
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42.5

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

93.6%

employed full-time

6.9%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

51.7%

Halifax

17.2%

Northern

12.1%

Annapolis Valley

8.6%

Southern

8.6%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

22.9%

Rubber, Plastics & Chemical Manufacturing

18.8%

Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

12.5%

Public Administration

8.3%

Professional Business Services

4.2%

Other Industries

What is the age of Employment?

26.5%

25-34

24.5%

35-44

20.4%

45-54

18.4%

15-24

10.2%

55-64

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

32.5%

35-44

32.0%

45-54

18.0%

55-64

13.5%

25-34

3.5%

65+

Top levels of education

46.4%

College certificate or diploma

$78,539 median annual income
14.3%

Trades certificate

$76,856 median annual income
12.5%

High school

$33,360 median annual income
10.7%

Bachelor's degree

$42,983 median annual income
7.1%

University certificate or diploma

N/A

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.7%

College certificate or diploma

$52,476 median annual income
29.7%

Bachelor's degree

$58,011 median annual income
12.1%

High school

$35,125 median annual income
9.7%

Master's degree

$37,706 median annual income
6.8%

Trades certificate

$54,923 median annual income

Education & training

Engineering technology - General

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Industrial engineering

This program is typically offered at the university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Manufacturing engineering technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

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

Contacts

TechNova
202 Brownlow Avenue, Cambridge 1, Suite 308
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1T5
Tel: (902) 463-3236
Fax: (902) 465-7567

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