Industrial and manufacturing engineers (NOC 2141)

About this job

Industrial and manufacturing engineers:

  • carry out studies, and develop and supervise programs to best use equipment, human resources, technology, materials and procedures to improve efficiency and productivity
  • work for consulting firms; manufacturing and processing companies; government; financial, health care and other institutions; or they may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • engineer, computer integrated manuf'g
  • engineer, consulting industrial
  • engineer, cost / efficiency / methods
  • engineer, industrial safety
  • engineer, plant
  • engineer, production
  • engineer, computer integrated manuf'g
  • engineer, consulting industrial
  • engineer, cost / efficiency / methods
  • engineer, fire prevention
  • engineer, industrial
  • engineer, industrial efficiency

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$74,873

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Industrial and manufacturing engineers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • plan and design plant layouts and facilities
  • study new machinery and facilities, and recommend or select efficient combinations
  • develop flexible or combined manufacturing systems and procedures
  • carry out studies and put into use programs to determine the best inventory levels for production, and the best use of machinery, materials and resources
  • analyze costs of production
  • design, develop and carry out time studies and work simplification programs
  • determine human resource and skill requirements and develop training programs
  • develop performance standards, evaluation systems and wage and incentive programs
  • carry out studies of the reliability and performance of plant facilities and production or administrative systems
  • develop maintenance standards, schedules and programs
  • create programs and carry out studies to improve industrial health and safety or to identify and correct fire and other hazards
  • evaluate industrial facilities
  • supervise technicians, technologists, analysts, administrative staff and other engineers

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office or hospital.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree in industrial engineering or in a related engineering discipline is required.
  • A master's degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline may be required.
  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
  • Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.

Skills

  • Spatial Perception
  • Innovative
  • Numerical Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Electrical, Electronic & Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Science

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
10
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
20
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
910
Average annual employment growth:
1.4%
Expected number of job openings:
370
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
40
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
70
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Industrial engineers develop and put into use organizational and management systems, while manufacturing engineers design production processes. There is considerable mobility between industrial engineering specializations at the less senior levels, and engineers often work in a multidisciplinary environment and acquire knowledge and skills through work experience that may allow them to work in associated areas of science, engineering, administration or management.

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