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Industrial Engineers

Design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes, including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Estimate production costs, cost saving methods, and the effects of product design changes on expenditures for management review, action, and control.
    • Plan and establish sequence of operations to fabricate and assemble parts or products and to promote efficient utilization.
    • Analyze statistical data and product specifications to determine standards and establish quality and reliability objectives of finished product.
    • Confer with clients, vendors, staff, and management personnel regarding purchases, product and production specifications, manufacturing capabilities, or project status.
    • Communicate with management and user personnel to develop production and design standards.
    • Evaluate precision and accuracy of production and testing equipment and engineering drawings to formulate corrective action plan.
    • Recommend methods for improving utilization of personnel, material, and utilities.
    • Record or oversee recording of information to ensure currency of engineering drawings and documentation of production problems.
    • Draft and design layout of equipment, materials, and workspace to illustrate maximum efficiency using drafting tools and computer.
    • Direct workers engaged in product measurement, inspection, and testing activities to ensure quality control and reliability.
    • Develop manufacturing methods, labor utilization standards, and cost analysis systems to promote efficient staff and facility utilization.
    • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, orders, and related information to obtain knowledge of manufacturing methods, procedures, and activities.
    • Complete production reports, purchase orders, and material, tool, and equipment lists.
    • Coordinate and implement quality control objectives, activities, or procedures to resolve production problems, maximize product reliability, or minimize costs.
    • Implement methods and procedures for disposition of discrepant material and defective or damaged parts, and assess cost and responsibility.
    • Apply statistical methods and perform mathematical calculations to determine manufacturing processes, staff requirements, and production standards.
    • Study operations sequence, material flow, functional statements, organization charts, and project information to determine worker functions and responsibilities.
    • Regulate and alter workflow schedules according to established manufacturing sequences and lead times to expedite production operations.
    • Schedule deliveries based on production forecasts, material substitutions, storage and handling facilities, and maintenance requirements.
    • Formulate sampling procedures and designs and develop forms and instructions for recording, evaluating, and reporting quality and reliability data.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    7
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 82590/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 39.71/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 15,950
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,300

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
    • Microcontrollers
    • Audiometers or accessories
    • Anechoic chambers
    • Acoustic testing rooms

    Technology

    • Program testing software
    • Industrial control software
    • Development environment software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
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