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NOC Code: NOC Code: 2233a Occupation: Industrial Engineering Technicians
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
This profile was developed as part of an occupational standard. The NOC group to which it relates is "Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians". 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 in other industries. This profile was developed as part of an occupational standard. The NOC group to which it relates is "Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians". 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 in other industries.

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  • Skill levels are assigned to tasks: Level 1 tasks are the least complex and level 4 or 5 tasks (depending upon the specific skill) are the most complex. Skill levels are associated with workplace tasks and not the workers performing these tasks.
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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Text Reading Text 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3 4
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Computer Use Computer Use 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3 4
Money Math Money Math 1
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2 3
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3


  • The skill levels represented in the above chart illustrate the full range of sample tasks performed by experienced workers and not individuals preparing for or entering this occupation for the first time.
  • Note that some occupational profiles do not include all Numeracy and Thinking Essential Skills.

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Reading Text
  • Read safety advice and usage guidelines on Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels. (1)
  • Read tender information to learn about particular customers' requirements. (2)
  • Read memos for information relating to human resources, quality control or design requirements. (2)
  • Read and evaluate equipment manufacturers' claims about the rate of return on investment (ROI) to determine whether or not to recommend the equipment. (3)
  • Read equipment literature specification sheets regarding new equipment to determine the appropriate application of the machine. (3)
  • Read WHMIS Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for detailed information about hazardous chemicals. (3)
  • Read trade magazines to learn about developments in the field. (3)
  • Read case decisions from the Worker's Compensation Board. (4)
  • Read documents specifying government regulations, for the purpose of bidding on government contracts and when completing Worker's Compensation Board forms. (4)
  • Read health and safety policy manuals, internal procedure manuals, customer quality specification manuals, and equipment manuals to find specific information. (4)
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Writing
  • Write notes to yourself about action required. (1)
  • Write rate change notices informing all departments of changes in an order. (1)
  • Write descriptions on the layout drawings you produce. (2)
  • Write text to support drawings when making recommendations for layout/facilities planning. (2)
  • Write descriptions of methods for specific jobs. (2)
  • Produce engineering reports. This involves merely updating the information in the previous month's report. (2)
  • Write capitalization authorization requests when recommending an acquisition. (3)
  • Write cost analysis reports, outlining changes or improvements in methods which will lead to cost reductions. (4)
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Document Use
  • Read labels on boxes or packaging materials. (1)
  • Read production schedules. (2)
  • Read quality specification forms. (2)
  • Read and update bar graphs to monitor an operator's learning curve. (2)
  • Use measurement scales to interpret scale drawings. (3)
  • Utilize old costing forms to estimate future orders. (3)
  • Use blueprints for the layout of the floor. (3)
  • Use scale drawings to determine layouts. (3)
  • Read operator performance sheets to monitor efficiency and take corrective action. (3)
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Computer Use
  • Use graphics software. For example, work on layouts. (2)
  • Use word processing. For example, prepare reports. (2)
  • Use a spreadsheet. For example, monitor operator performance. (2)
  • Use a database. For example, collect and analyze production data. (2)
  • Use personal computers, mainframes and local area networks. For example, collect and analyze data. (3)
  • Use computer-assisted design, manufacture or machining. For example, design layouts. (3)
  • Use communications software. For example, use the Internet to carry out research on new equipment. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Consult suppliers of goods and service suppliers such as mechanics to obtain information such as the capabilities of a specific sewing machine. (1)
  • Interact with customers to obtain information, such as to clarify an order. (1)
  • Interact with the payroll and human resources departments to solve specific problems or to seek information. (1)
  • Interact with supervisors and operators to obtain and to communicate information. (1)
  • Consult with your manager to exchange information, get approval on direction and co-ordinate work. (2)
  • Interact with the product development department to provide or receive information and to co-ordinate work. (2)
  • Conduct plant tours for potential retailers, students and government auditors, explaining production, and answering questions. (2)
  • Participate in production meetings to exchange information and solve problems. (3)
  • Lead meetings, such as meetings to discuss processes to reduce the costs of new construction methods. (3)
  • Make presentations to groups of employees to present information such as a new method. (3)
  • Make presentations to management (e.g. vice-president) concerning a major rate change or a proposed bonus system to increase productivity. (4)
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Money Math
  • Make small cash purchases drawing on a petty cash fund. (1)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Produce work schedules for the production unit. (2)
  • Compare proposed labour cost against actual costs, examining staffing levels, production and actual cost ratios. (3)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure garments to determine conformity to specifications. (1)
  • Measure available floor space to design a new layout. (1)
  • Make scale drawings when designing new layouts. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare costs, materials use and operator efficiency to benchmark studies. (3)
  • Produce cost analysis reports and perform time studies. The latter are the basis for establishing pay rates. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate staffing requirements. (1)
  • Estimate costs and task times when scheduling an order. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Industrial engineering technicians typically plan their own daily activities, prioritizing tasks to ensure maximum efficiency, and taking into account the extent to which scheduled tasks such as time studies and layout plans will involve other departments and operations. There are frequent interruptions to their daily schedule and a high degree of integration of their own planning with the work plan of the project development and design departments is required. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Make decisions regarding new time values for an operation. (1)
  • Make recommendations on staffing as it relates to balancing the lines. (2)
  • Decide when and how to execute special projects that are over and above your daily duties. (2)
  • Make recommendations to the human resources department on which new employees should be retained based on monitoring their performance. Your recommendations carry significant weight. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Investigate problems with piecework tickets, changing the rate with the payroll department. (1)
  • Solve problems at any point in production. (2)
  • Avoid problems resulting from differing personal preferences about layout by consulting with the parties involved before implementing layout changes. (3)
  • Refer to time studies and layout to resolve problems when a line is underproducing. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Research vendors for price and availability of materials. (2)
  • Do research when setting up for a new style in order to obtain greater efficiency. (2)
  • Research alternate production methods. (3)
  • Conduct research prior to making decisions about the purchase of new equipment. (3)
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