Industrial and manufacturing engineers (NOC 2141)

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Nature of work

Industrial and manufacturing engineers conduct studies, and develop and supervise programs to achieve the best use of equipment, human resources, technology, materials and procedures to enhance efficiency and productivity. Industrial and manufacturing engineers are employed in consulting firms, manufacturing and processing companies, in government, financial, health care and other institutions, or they may be self-employed.

Main 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 integrated manufacturing systems and procedures
  • - Continued…
  • - Conduct studies and implement programs to determine optimum inventory levels for production and to allow optimum utilization of machinery, materials and resources
  • - Analyze costs of production
  • - Design, develop and conduct 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
  • - Conduct studies of the reliability and performance of plant facilities and production or administrative systems
  • - Develop maintenance standards, schedules and programs
  • - Establish programs and conduct studies to enhance industrial health and safety or to identify and correct fire and other hazards
  • - Evaluate or assess industrial facilities
  • - Supervise technicians, technologists, analysts, administrative staff and other engineers.

Employment requirements

  • * 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.

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