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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.

  • Avg. Salary $92,324.00
  • Avg. Wage $44.63
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
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: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers (2141) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers (C041) 
  • 2011 NOC: Industrial and manufacturing engineers (2141) 
  • 2016 NOC: Industrial and manufacturing engineers (2141) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Industrial Engineer is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers

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

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 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 More

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

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.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
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.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 03, 2021

Undergraduate degree programs in industrial engineering are offered by:

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 03, 2021


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], you must be a registered 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.

What You Need

Registration as a Professional Engineer in Alberta requires successful completion of:

  • A 4-year bachelor’s degree in a recognized engineering program and at least 4 years of acceptable work experience under the supervision of a Professional Engineer, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A minimum of 3 acceptable references
  • Successful completion of an approved examination in law, ethics and professionalism

A new Provisional Member category has been introduced. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, contact APEGA.

Working in Alberta

Engineers who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada are eligible for registration in Alberta if the 2 jurisdictions require similar responsibilities and competencies.

For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the APEGA website.

To learn about certification for internationally educated engineers, see Professional Engineer Registration Process.

Contact Details

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
1500 Scotia One, 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4A2

Call: 780-426-3990
Toll-free in North America: 1-800-661-7020

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

Industrial engineers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2141: Industrial and manufacturing engineers. In Alberta, 80% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 2141: Industrial and manufacturing engineers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.2% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 20 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 20 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.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 03, 2021

Industrial and manufacturing engineers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $20.00 $57.69 $36.19 $33.65
Overall $25.50 $72.12 $44.63 $42.22
Top $31.00 $92.31 $53.32 $48.08

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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.

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.

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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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