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Industrial Engineer

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

  • Avg. Salary $111,808.00
  • Avg. Wage $53.99
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook Down
  • Employed 1,900
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Logistics Manager, Professional Engineer, Engineer

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

48%
48%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
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  • Certification Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Industrial Engineer is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers
NOC code: 2141
INNOVATIVE

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

OBJECTIVE

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

DIRECTIVE

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.

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Duties
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Industrial engineers design, improve and implement integrated systems of human beings, materials and equipment to produce needed results efficiently. For example, they may be involved with:

  • planning how systems will work
  • measuring work performance
  • establishing work standards and specifications
  • establishing and managing quality standards
  • 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 the product and people flow of 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 work stations designed to 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 which 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 quotas
  • 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 work flow, materials flow, paperwork and quality assurance of products and services
  • set costs and budget limits
  • assess how well the arrangements, methods, systems and procedures are working on an ongoing basis.

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

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 19, 2016

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 Dec 19, 2016

Industrial engineers need the following characteristics:

  • curiosity
  • imagination
  • good 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 with teams, making decisions, being creative and having variety in their work.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 19, 2016

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 Dec 19, 2016

Engineer

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

Legislation

Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act, you must be a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) to practice as a professional engineer. You do not have to be registered 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.

Education

Registration as a Professional Engineer requires: (1) 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, (2) a minimum of 3 acceptable references and (3) 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, visit APEGA's website or contact APEGA.

Working in Alberta

Engineers who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered engineers in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

To find more information on the certification process for internationally educated engineers, see Professional Engineer Licensing Process on AlbertaCanada.com.

Contact Details

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
1500 Scotia One, 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 4A2
Phone number: 780-426-3990
Toll-free phone number (within North America): 1-800-661-7020
Fax: 780-426-1877
Email: email@apega.ca
Website: www.apega.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

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 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 (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 1,900 Albertans are employed in the Industrial and manufacturing engineers occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.1% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 21 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As industrial engineers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for industrial engineers.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Industrial and manufacturing engineers
NOC code: 2141

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $28.85 $44.18 $37.69 $37.98
Overall $38.00 $57.59 $53.99 $57.59
Top $43.27 $95.55 $84.23 $95.55

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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.

C: Lower Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Lower Reliability, represents a CV of between 15.01% and 33.00% and/or if fewer than 20 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 33% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
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Public Administration
Manufacturing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

48%
48%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

18%
18%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

3%
3%

2015 Vacancy Rate

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Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Media, Design and Communication Arts
    • Design Studies
  • Natural Resources
    • Environmental Stewardship
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Logistics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering, Architecture and Related Studies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) website: www.apega.ca

Institute of Industrial Engineers Chapter 889 website: www.mie.utoronto.ca/csie

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Apr 10, 2014. 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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