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NOC Code: NOC Code: 2233c Occupation: Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
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 planning, estimating, measuring, and scheduling of work. They are employed by manufacturing and insurance companies, government departments and other industries. 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 planning, estimating, measuring, and scheduling of work. They are employed by manufacturing and insurance companies, government departments and other industries.

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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 4
Computer Use Computer Use 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2 3
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3 4
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
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3


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Reading Text
  • Read notes on production orders, reporting forms and drawings. For example, read production orders to determine what is being produced, production timelines and special instructions to follow that are outside normal specifications. In addition, read notes on drawings about product modifications. (1)
  • Observe hazard, warning and caution signs and labels on equipment, walls, components and containers. (1)
  • Read memos and email from co-workers and supervisors about quality control, production issues and modifications, design requirements and other day-to-day activities. (2)
  • Review Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for detailed information about hazardous chemicals used during production. (2)
  • Read explanations and recommendations in quality and production reports, logbooks and production files to track product and manufacturing concerns and deficiencies. The text usually expands on technical data in tables, graphs and printouts. Use the information to troubleshoot, and to recommend and implement corrective action. (3)
  • Read trade magazines and association newsletters to stay current on developments in various industries. For example, a manufacturing technologist reads articles about building automation systems when planning a new networking system. (3)
  • Read and refer to lengthy materials such as health and safety policies, internal procedures and production specifications. Use your technical knowledge to interpret the information to apply it to specific situations and evaluate for accuracy and relevance when starting production of new products. (4)
  • Read government legislation, regulations and subsequent bulletins and addenda. For example, read building codes, International Standards Organization (ISO) rules, National Safety code and Occupational Health and Safety Acts to stay current and ensure newly developed or modified production procedures meet regulatory requirements. (4)
  • Read and compare the company's and customer's production specifications, which may be several hundred pages in length. Read and compare the specifications to make sure they match and that the equipment and suppliers have the capacity to meet unusual specifications. The specifications, such as material standards and finishing procedures, are complex and use process-specific terminology. (4)
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Writing
  • Write brief notes and email to co-workers and managers to request clarification about product updates and modifications. In addition, share technical information such as testing results. (1)
  • Write notes and email to production or quality control managers to highlight safety and production concerns, such as safety breaches or processing deficiencies in the packing area. (2)
  • Write notes on inspection forms or production job files to maintain records of equipment malfunctions, product deficiencies and corrective actions. (2)
  • Write detailed procedures for tasks such as hazardous waste disposal using standard formats and templates. Integrate information from a variety of sources such as handling instructions, data sheets and safety guidelines to develop the procedures. (3)
  • Complete quality control forms such as non-compliance, or non-conformance; and health and safety forms, including those for breach, accident and incident. For example, complete non-compliance forms to outline problems or deficiencies, causal factors, and corrective action taken and follow up measures recommended. (3)
  • Write training materials. For example, develop training exercises for operating a particular piece of equipment, reviewing and using fabrication drawings or safety procedures. (3)
  • Write production and quality reports, which outline production problems and inefficiencies, corrective action taken and recommendations. For example, write reports to outline production inefficiencies such as product wastage during loading and methods for wastage reduction. Write reports for special projects such as findings from effluent waste-water deposit tests which are subject to internal quality reviews and external audits. (4)
  • Write new sections and updates for company policy and procedures manuals. For example, write new laboratory procedures for a new product, safe work practices, hazard analysis and emergency response procedures. Use specialized knowledge to synthesize information from many sources to present the information in plain language. (4)
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Document Use
  • Scan a variety of labels and tags to get specific information such as material codes and product types and handling procedures. For example, read Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) labels and transportation of dangerous goods placards when working with hazardous materials. (1)
  • Complete quality control tags and labels. For example, complete 'hold' and defective product tags by entering dates, product and job traveler number and brief descriptions of defective and reason for holding it back. (2)
  • Complete tracking and quality control forms. For example, complete reporting forms such as inspection, maintenance and evaluation forms, production logs and safety checklists. The documents identify and track a variety of data and explanations of production jobs, such as how often equipment was lubricated, equipment operating values, material composition and shipping information. Complete non-conformance forms to indicate production deficiencies and corrective actions. (2)
  • Verify and take information from a variety of tracking and quality control forms. The information is presented in a variety of formats such as tables, lists and text boxes. For example, scan production schedules when tracking production times, and quality specification forms when locating production values. Review parts numbers, materials codes and descriptions on parts and materials lists. (2)
  • Review tooling lists and tooling sequences sheets when completing pre-production inspections to ensure the optimum tools and tooling sequences are used and when troubleshooting production deficiencies such as scratched and bent venting plates. (3)
  • Refer to assembly drawings and diagrams to follow installation and calibration procedures on new equipment, components and tooling parts such as HVAC systems. In addition, refer to assembly drawings of products such as plastic milk crates to check quality at various stages of production. (3)
  • Scan schematics to complete operations and inspections. For example, review process schematics to understand how products operate and to complete quality performance checks. Review power distribution schematics when troubleshooting power surges. (3)
  • Scan quality control tables and graphs on computer screens and printouts to verify manufacturing tolerances and specifications are within established ranges. Use the information to adjust and modify equipment settings, tooling sequences and material composition. (3)
  • Take measurements from scale drawings. For example, take height, width, length and angle measurements from scale drawings to verify that fabrication measurements meet client's specifications and quality control standards. Take location measurements from production and manufacturing floor plans to determine where to place new equipment. Review fabrication drawings of products such as metal casings to determine sequence of operations and tooling sequences. In addition, review drawings for omissions and errors. (4)
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Computer Use
  • Locate and download information from manufacturing and government websites and use the intranet to access company policies and bulletins. Post, upload and download FTP files. (2)
  • Use graphics software. For example, prepare visual presentations that integrate text and drawings. A general understanding of importing and formatting is required to set up the presentations. (2)
  • Send email with attachments to group members and maintain address books and distribution lists. Use the day planner and reminder alarm features. (3)
  • Use spreadsheet software. For example, insert formulae and other features to track and monitor production statistics, budgets and production sequences. (3)
  • Use computer-assisted design, manufacturing and machining. For example, use CAD programs to create scaled drawings of parts, tools, machines, systems and plant layouts. Use computer-assisted manufacturing features to create tooling sequences and adjust automated control points for production specifications. (3)
  • Use word processing. For example, write reports and procedures which require advance desktop publishing. Format text, lay out pages and import design elements from other programs. (3)
  • Use databases for information management and modify existing databases to gather additional data to track quality control and production tests over time. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Interact with co-workers such as equipment operators, quality control managers and shop supervisors to share information on equipment modifications and defects, and to coordinate workloads and activities such as alarm testing. (2)
  • Interact with co-workers to coordinate work and share information. For example, coordinate responses for emergency repairs and production stoppages, and discuss strategies for reducing production cycle times. (2)
  • Interact with suppliers and service providers to get detailed technical information about equipment, supplies and materials. For example, discuss equipment modifications to reduce production costs and may negotiate contract terms with contractors and suppliers. (2)
  • Participate in daily tool box meetings to recap and review production data and quality concerns. Listen, observe, and provide technical input. (2)
  • Discuss planning and implementation of process and production improvements with co-workers, colleagues and managers. For example, lead project teams to upgrade software systems and production equipment, develop new production processes or renovate manufacturing facilities. Use your technical knowledge to convey complex tasks and ideas and to share critical information. (3)
  • Facilitate meetings with clients and managers to propose modifications to production drawings and system upgrades. Present your rationale in a persuasive manner. For example, describe the necessary modifications to an existing electrical system to accommodate alarms and detectors. (3)
  • Lead and participate in various safety, quality and production committee meetings. Exchange information, provide best practices information and offer suggestions for production design and flow improvements. (3)
  • Lead training sessions on topics such as reading and using fabrication drawings, and new equipment training for operating technicians. (3)
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Money Math
  • Verify the accuracy of bills or invoice totals. (2)
  • Calculate the amount of expense claims using per diem amounts, rates per kilometre for distances and by adding receipts. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Produce work and inspection schedules for the production units. These schedules can become more complex depending on the size of the production job, and the number of components and people that must be factored in. (2)
  • Schedule the sequence of events needed to complete trial production runs. For example, schedule the equipment and tooling set-up, the human resources for the trial runs and the testing time for a new metal casing. Carefully schedule the sequence of events to avoid production delays, minimize costs and downtime, and reduce product defects and material wastage. (3)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure available floor space when designing new production layouts. Take measurements to confirm the dimension of existing systems and equipment when verifying new pieces of equipment will fit into the design structure. (2)
  • Take precise measurements using specialized equipment to make scale and three-dimensional drawings for new products. This involves measuring distances and calculating areas, perimeters and volumes. (3)
  • Confirm dimensions of products using precise measurement tools such as micrometers, callipers, dial indicators and angle finders, or calculate mixture volumes and material composition ratios to ensure products meet specifications. (3)
  • Perform trigonometric calculations to indirectly obtain measurements for the establishment of production procedures. For example, a technologist calculates the inside angle of a rivet hole using inside and outside diameters of the countersunk rivet hole provided by the client. (4)
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Data Analysis
  • Analyze quality control tests by repeating procedures on several samples, recording and comparing results to draw conclusions about the accuracy of tests. For example, analyze the cycle time, material compositions, temperatures and pressures at different time intervals to ensure equipment is operating properly and that products meet specifications. (2)
  • Analyze material use and operator output to determine production rates and costs when verifying price quotes for sales personnel. (2)
  • Analyze job production data such as production time, material consumption, and first time right for each production area to identify defect and efficiency trends. (2)
  • Compare the cycle time of products under different control settings such as injection rate, hydraulic pressure and temperature of melted plastic to determine the control settings that will maintain optimum product quality and production speed. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate staffing and material requirements when scheduling production jobs. (1)
  • Estimate the equipment settings for initial trial runs for new products. For example, estimate how much pressure to apply at certain temperatures to get an even distribution of plastic through a mould using equipment settings from previous similar productions. (2)
  • Estimate production and storage capacities when designing production layouts. Consider equipment production rates, size of product and packaging, material quantities and projected order sizes. In addition, use your experience with similar warehouses and production lines to make your estimates. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians plan their own activities, prioritising tasks to maximize efficiency. They take into account production timelines and activities that involve other departments and operations. They interact and integrate tasks with a wide range of internal co-workers and managers where they often act as content experts. Their tasks vary widely depending on production and project development timeframes. They experience conflicting demands on their time when monitoring productions. They deal with interruptions but are able to return to their activities with some resequencing of tasks. Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians may be responsible for providing technical support to equipment operators and other staff to ensure products meet quality standards. They may schedule the events and personnel required to complete trial production runs. They consider set-up time, the number of test runs and hours when planning and organizing tasks. Most industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians have a role in identifying production and safety issues and develop procedural strategies for resolving issues. They provide input into operational planning. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide when to issue 'non-compliance' or incident reports, either internally to production managers or externally to suppliers. For example, issue a non-compliance form to the manager when machine operators or suppliers fail to respond to previous requests for change. (2)
  • Decide what company policies and procedures to update or rewrite in response to regulatory and production standard changes. (3)
  • Make equipment layout and manufacturing process decisions. For example, technicians decide the tooling sequence for five to ten pieces of equipment when fabricating metal computer casings, and how to set up the moulds in injection moulding machinery. (3)
  • Decide to repair, refurbish or replace production equipment. Examine and consider maintenance reports, equipment manuals and operators' recommendations when making decisions. Poor decisions could result in costly equipment breakdowns and production stoppage. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Suppliers have sent incorrect supplies and materials. Inform quality control departments or managers about the error and re-order. (1)
  • Discover quality control errors such as inaccurate entries in logbooks and reporting forms. Identify the problem areas and meet with machine operators and technicians to discuss correct reporting procedures. Monitor reports for improvement and speak with supervisors if the problems continue. (2)
  • Face production deficiencies such as increased defects during production runs. Work individually and with co-workers and supervisors to examine a number of variables such as tooling sequences, equipment speed and humidity that could cause the defects. Use your specialized knowledge to identify the root cause and modify production procedures under tight time constraints. (3)
  • Experience equipment breakdowns and malfunctions, which shut down or slow production. For example, the master screen stops working in a pulp mill. The technician works with the machine operator to complete troubleshooting procedures on the equipment. Involve other technical experts such as instrumentation technicians and millwrights when the problem is outside of their knowledge. Down time is costly in manufacturing and industrial settings and the technicians must work quickly and efficiently to resolve the problem. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Reference manufacturing publications, industry websites and textbooks to locate information for specific production methods. (2)
  • Talk with managers and plant technicians to find out how they investigated or dealt with similar production occurrences, and review production reports and maintenance histories to set up machines. Use the information to help create testing plans for trial tests. (3)
  • Draw on information from acts, standards and regulations, and professional resource materials when developing or modifying policies and procedures relating to safety, production and quality control to ensure you meet legislated requirements. (3)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the condition and reliability of production equipment to make purchasing and repair recommendations. Use evaluation factors such as past breakdowns and repairs, present operating values and upcoming production jobs and costs to draw conclusions. Emergency repairs could stop production if there are errors in the evaluation. (2)
  • Evaluate the adequacy of procedures for isolating root cause factors for production deficiencies or decreased product quality. Identify parameters and investigate each one of them. Review data and supporting documents to ensure all potential factors have been evaluated and the problem is correctly identified. Finally, work with managers to ensure corrective actions are taken. Developing assessment criteria is a professional responsibility in manufacturing environments where small factors have a large impact on product outcomes. (3)
  • Evaluate product quality based on reliability, durability and adherence to safety regulations and client specifications. Review trial test results and quality reports to ensure the equipment can operate at specified capacity levels. (3)
  • Evaluate the quality and completeness of production drawings before approval. Work with engineers to gather information by taking measurements and reviewing process details to identify omissions and errors, and viewing information from production documents such as specifications and production orders. Use established criteria such as acceptable measurements, process details and conformity to specifications. The ability to evaluate the quality of drawings and processes to reduce production errors and deficiencies is a key job component. (3)
  • Evaluate the reliability, safety and efficiency of various building features such as electrical, mechanical and air quality systems. Consider the current and maximum operational performance of systems and the ability to meet upcoming needs. (3)
  • Evaluate the level of efficiency and safety of existing work environments and production processes. Use established criteria such as safety incidents, quality control data and production cost to make these evaluations. For example, perform statistical analyses on data such as risk levels in the production units, noise or air quality levels and compare with government and industry regulations to recommend safe work policies and practices. (3)
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