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Industrial Engineering Technologist

About This Career

Industrial Engineering Technologists design plant layouts and production facilities, develop and carry out industrial health, safety and fire prevention plans and programs, and conduct production, inventory and quality assurance programs. They also develop applications using computer-assisted drafting (CAD), computer-assisted manufacturing (CAM), computer numerical control (CNC) machines and other manufacturing processes and operations.

Industrial Engineering Technologists may specialize in the development of production processes, quality assurance programs, plans and schedules. In Canada’s oil and gas sector, they engineer processes and systems that improve quality and productivity which is key to keeping the industry competitive. They interact primarily with other technicians/technologists and Industrial Engineers. 

Education: A post-secondary diploma in industrial engineering technology or a related discipline is typically required.

Employment: This occupation is found in onshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil sands, oil and gas services and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Computer Aided Design (CAD)/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) Programmer, Loss Prevention Technologist, Manufacturing Technologist, Quality Assurance Technologist, Optimization Technologist

Work Activities
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Developing and implementing industrial health, safety and fire prevention plans and programs and conducting safety training programs.
Thinking Creatively
Designing new systems and improving existing systems concerned with the production and distribution of products, services, inventory and plant maintenance.
Developing applications using CAD/CAM (computer-aided drafting, computer-aided manufacturing) for the control of robots, computer numerical control (CNC) machines and other manufacturing processes and operations.
Public Safety and Security
Engineering and Technology
Operations Analysis
Computer use
Critical Thinking
Career Path
  • The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths:
  • Electrician/Electrical Technologist to Project Management
Related Careers
How Can I Work in LNG?

As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:

  • Off-site fabrication
  • LNG export facility construction
  • Natural gas pipeline construction

When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!

Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Variable Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Heights
    Working from Heights
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Transferable Sectors
  • Non-residential and residential construction
  • Rail Transportation
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Wood product manufacturing
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Utilities, including renewables
Job Details

Job Category

Technicians and Technologists


Exploration and production

Oil and gas services

Oil sands




Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary diploma


  • 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 may be required for some positions.
  • A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.
  • In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body is required to use the title Professional Technologist.
  • Fall protection
  • Confined space entry
  • Respirator fit testing
  • H2S Alive
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Standard and emergency first aid