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Industrial Engineering Technologist Spotlight
Industrial Engineering Technologists know there’s always room for improvement. Things can always run faster, cheaper, safer and better. That’s why people in this role focus on everything from improving plant production to devising quality assurance programs.
What a typical day looks like:
Industrial Engineering Technologists are all about efficiency, layouts, processes and schedules. They gather data about existing systems and processes and find ways to make them work better. They know that small changes can have large impacts. Even the smallest changes they apply to machinery and equipment layouts, workflows and processes can make entire facilities run more efficiently.
Industrial Engineering Technologists examine health and safety plans to ensure they would work effectively in an emergency situation. They design facility layouts to ensure all people, materials and machines are in the most efficient and safest places. They develop quality assurance programs and perform control tests, allowing for consistent production quality. They also create documents, directives, reports and procedures to highlight the ideal processes.
They often work closely with Industrial Engineers to collect and analyze data related to quality, and with other Industrial Engineering Technologists to develop applications using computer-assisted drafting (CAD), computer-assisted manufacturing (CAM) and computer numerical control (CNC) machines to help make quality more consistent or increase productivity.
Industrial Engineering Technologists go where they are needed. If they are improving Health and Safety procedures, they will likely work in an office environment. If they are finding ways to make a plant layout more productive, they will be on site. These technologists are typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil sands and oil and gas services and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.
The kinds of problems Industrial Engineering Technologists solve at work:
People in this role are always trying to find solutions to make things more efficient. They make recommendations on everything from the best layout of a maintenance shop to the safest way to evacuate people in a fire drill. They use troubleshooting skills and a keen interest in productivity to tackle on-the-job problems.
Skills used most on the job:
Industrial Engineering Technologists rely on strong technical ability, good business judgment and strong people skills to improve safety, quality, and productivity in the production and service sectors. Their plans and designs include a combination of productivity, quality and safety. They also have a keen sense of quality assurance, efficiency and operational analysis.
Industrial Engineering Technologists make things better by combining data and science with planning, people skills and design. With their expertise, everything runs a little bit more smoothly.
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