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Industrial Engineer

Industrial engineers determine the most effective ways for an organization to use its many resources: people, machines, materials, money, energy, and time.

Also Known As

Logistics Manager, Manufacturing Engineer, Production Engineer

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used.

Here is how this occupation has been classified over time.

2006 NOC

  • 2141: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers

2006 NOC-S

  • C041: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers

2011 NOC

  • 2141: Industrial and manufacturing engineers

2016 NOC

  • 2141: Industrial and manufacturing engineers

2021 NOC

  • 21321: Industrial and manufacturing engineers

2023 OaSIS

  • 21321.00: Industrial and manufacturing engineers
Updated Mar 03, 2021

Industrial engineers design, improve and implement integrated systems of human beings, materials, energy, information, and equipment to produce goods or services efficiently. For example, they may be involved with:

  • Planning how production or service systems will work
  • Measuring work performance
  • Establishing work standards and specifications
  • Establishing and managing quality standards
  • Designing logistics and supply chain networks
  • Analyzing project benefits and costs
  • Enhancing systems operations

Industrial engineers apply knowledge and skills from social as well as physical disciplines (for example, mathematics, statistics, engineering, chemistry, physics, psychology and sociology) to solve problems in a wide variety of industries (for example, education, agri-food, environment, distribution and transportation, health care, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing). They may specialize in facility layout and design, production planning, logistics systems design, ergonomics, manufacturing, project management or operations research.

Facility layout and design specialists:

  • Evaluate proposed sites for facilities
  • Design new buildings or redesign existing ones, taking into account factors such as product and people flow through the workplace (for example, shipping and receiving requirements, packaging methods), energy consumption and employee safety
  • Decide where machines, equipment and offices should be located to achieve maximum production at minimum cost
  • Create ergonomic workstation designs that reduce worker fatigue, eliminate unnecessary work steps and increase productivity

To evaluate proposed sites, they investigate:

  • Labour supplies
  • Transportation options for moving people, raw materials and finished goods
  • Fuel, power, water and utility costs and supplies
  • Sanitary and waste disposal systems
  • Fire protection
  • The cost of land, buildings, and taxes

Production planning specialists:

  • Evaluate production systems, equipment, work methods and products
  • Develop operating systems that reduce costs and increase quality and production
  • Use computers to analyze information about existing systems and simulate new ones
  • Devise work methods and determine how much work each machine or employee must produce to meet production targets
  • Establish methods of paying employees for the kind and amount of work they do
  • Plan systems to check the quality of finished products

Logistics systems specialists are concerned with:

  • The movement of materials and information from the purchasing of raw materials through to production, distribution, servicing and recycling
  • Preventative maintenance systems design and planning
  • Customer service
  • Inventory development
  • Transportation
  • Development of effective information systems
  • Market needs analysis and strategic planning

Management and operations specialists plan work patterns, systems and procedures, and make recommendations regarding improvements. They:

  • Develop and set up systems to control workflow, materials flow, paperwork and quality assurance of products and services
  • Set costs and arrange budgets
  • Assess, on an ongoing basis, how well methods, systems and procedures are working

For information about ergonomics, manufacturing engineering and operations research, see the Ergonomist, Manufacturing Engineer and Operations Research Analyst occupational profiles.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 03, 2021
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg

Because this engineering discipline is so varied in its applications, working conditions also vary. Some industrial engineers spend most of their working day observing production, asking questions and watching how work is done. Some work primarily in an office environment, writing specifications and meeting with other engineers and technologists. Others manage large projects.

Some overtime may be required to meet deadlines. Extended periods of travel may be required for international projects.

Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers

2006 NOC: 2141

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

Interest in synthesizing information to develop maintenance standards, schedules and programs, to develop flexible and integrated manufacturing systems and procedures, and to establish programs and conduct studies to enhance industrial health and safety, and identify and correct fire and other hazards


Interest in precision working to design, develop and conduct time studies and work simplification programs, and to study new machinery and facilities


Interest in supervising technicians, technologists, analysts, administrative staff and other engineers; and in recommending and selecting efficient combinations of new machinery and facilities

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests


Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 03, 2021

Industrial engineers need:

  • Curiosity
  • Imagination
  • Communication and social skills
  • The ability to visualize the effects of change
  • An interest in people and systems.

They should enjoy working on their own as well as in teams, making decisions, being creative and having variety in their work.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Industrial and manufacturing engineers

2016 NOC: 2141

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 30 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Nov 18, 2021 and Jun 15, 2024.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Attention to detail
Construction Specialization: Team player
Health benefits: Health care plan
Health benefits: Dental plan
Construction Specialization: Organized
Construction Specialization: Excellent oral communication
Construction Specialization: Excellent written communication
Construction Specialization: Client focus
Tasks: Develop maintenance standards, schedules and programs
Construction Specialization: Accurate
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 03, 2021
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary

Undergraduate degree programs in industrial engineering are offered by:

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 03, 2021
  • Certification Provincially Regulated


Professional engineers design, construct, evaluate, advise, monitor, and report on the performance of materials, equipment, systems, works, processes, and structures.


Under Alberta’s Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act [pdf] and Engineering and Geoscience Professions General Regulation [pdf], you must register as a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) to practice as a Professional Engineer or engage in the practice of engineering.

You do not have to register if you work under the direct supervision of a professional engineer and do not call yourself a Professional Engineer or use the word “engineer” in your job title.

For information on what you need and other details, visit the certification profile Engineer.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 03, 2021

Industrial engineers can use their skills in almost any type of organization and are more widely distributed among industries than other engineers. They may work for:

  • Consulting firms
  • Financial institutions
  • Government institutions
  • Health care institutions
  • Manufacturing and industrial plants
  • Transportation companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Department stores

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 2141: Industrial and manufacturing engineers occupational group, 82.3% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 2141: Industrial and manufacturing engineers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 2.3% from 2021 to 2025. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 50 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: 2021-2025 Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 03, 2021

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Industrial and manufacturing engineers

2016 NOC: 2141
Average Wage
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Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 2141 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $21.63 $73.77 $42.80 $40.87
Overall $25.00 $78.84 $49.98 $49.52
Top $30.00 $89.12 $58.05 $60.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Public Administration

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
Vacancy Rate
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering, Architecture and Related Studies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 03, 2021

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) website:

Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Chapter 889 website:

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Updated Mar 03, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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