Working as an Industrial & Manufacturing Engineer
Industrial and manufacturing engineers help companies become more productive by studying their operations and suggesting more efficient ways of doing things.
You perform the following duties:
- plan and design plant layouts and facilities
- develop manufacturing systems and procedures and find ways to make them more efficient
- analyze costs of production
- develop maintenance standards, schedules and programs
- create programs and carry out studies to improve industrial health and safety
- determine human resource and skill requirements and develop training programs
- supervise technicians, technologists, analysts, administrative staff and other engineers
Industrial and manufacturing engineers are expected to be in demand in BC through 2022.
Job Outlook in BC
Industrial and manufacturing engineers
Chart from Work BC
WorkBC provides job openings in one BC region from 2015-2025:
|Region||Expected # of Job Openings||Average Annual Employment
|Expected Increase in Employment|
|Lower Mainland / Southwest||370||1.4%||130|
You can learn more about working as an industrial and manufacturing engineer in BC from:
- Career Cruising database [profile for Industrial Engineer]
Types of Employers
Industrial and manufacturing engineers work for:
- consulting firms
- manufacturing and processing companies
- financial, health care, fast food restaurants and other institutions
You may also be self-employed.
In BC, the median annual salary is $74,872. Your salary is affected by your level of education. If you have a bachelor’s degree in engineering you tend to earn less than if you have a master’s degree or PhD.
In addition to your salary, full-time civil engineers often receive benefits such as pension plans, dental coverage, sick leave, and paid vacations. You may receive regular, performance-based bonuses that can increase your annual income.
Sources: WorkBC & Career Cruising
In BC regions, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers can expect to earn:
Source: Job Bank Canada
In its 2016 Report on Members’ Compensation and Benefits, Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia (formerly APEGBC) provides these salary figures:
Total Annual Compensation
You generally work between 8 and 10 hours a day, 40 to 50 hours a week. You may have to work nights and weekends to meet project deadlines.
Skills, Education and Experience
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Analytical and detail oriented
- Decision making
- Project management and team work
- Proposal writing and presentations
- Financial management
- Committee work – industry ethics
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering or a related engineering discipline is required
- Master’s degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline may be required
This occupation is regulated in British Columbia.
Entry level engineering positions do not require professional designation in BC.
You must be registered with Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia (formerly APEGBC) to use the title Professional Engineer in BC.
However, you can work in engineering, even if you haven’t been licensed by a professional engineering association, as long as you are supervised by a professional engineer (P.Eng).
Only licensed engineers are permitted to undertake and assume responsibility for engineering projects in BC. Licensing is required to approve engineering drawings and reports, and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P. Eng.)
In order to become a registered member of Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia you require:
- graduation from an accredited educational program
- four years of supervised work experience in engineering
- passing a professional practice examination
- completion of the law and ethics seminar
For more information:
Internationally Trained Engineers
If you are an internationally trained engineer you may qualify for membership with Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia if you meet all requirements including: education, work experience, language skills, good character, professionalism and ethics.
For more information:
- Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia Online Resource for Internationally Trained Engineers and Geoscientists:
- International agreements between professional engineering associations
- Introduction to Engineering in BC – Langara College
These courses are designed to provide you with industry specific skills in order to find employment in an engineering environment. They also help you gain a good understanding of Canadian workplace culture.
You’ll find job advertisements in local newspapers, trade journals, and electronic sources, as well as through professional associations’ publications.
You can look at the Vancouver Sun & The Province at Vancouver Public Library for free. Check the job postings daily and the careers section in the Vancouver Sun on Wednesdays and Saturdays and in The Province on Sundays.
Job White Pages
- Available online or in print at the Central Library
(see categories 1630-2019, ‘Science/Engineering Professionals’)
NOTE: You can only access this database from the Central Library or VPL branch libraries. Access is NOT available from home or outside the Library.
Online Job Postings
Find jobs posted on a multitude of company career sites and job boards
Professional Associations’ Career Resources
Identifying the Right Position
When you browse job advertisements, you’ll find a range of different job titles that are relevant.
For industrial and manufacturing engineers, look for these related job titles (from NOC 2141)::
- engineer, computer integrated manufacturing (CIM)
- fire prevention engineer
- industrial engineer
- manufacturing engineer
- plant engineer
- production engineer
- quality control engineer
- safety engineer
- work measurement engineer
Creating a List of Potential Employers
You can use directories to produce lists of employers in Vancouver or the Lower Mainland. Contact them directly to find out if they’re hiring.
- Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC – BC),
Directory of Member Firms
- Business in Vancouver. Book of Lists.
Biggest Engineering Firms in BC
Also available at the Central Library 338.9711 B97b
- Canadian Company Capabilities
Search by NAICS Code “541330” [Engineering Services]
- Reference Canada
Click on “Start Search” beside Canadian Businesses, then select the “Advanced Search” button.
Select both “Keyword/SIC/NAICS” under Business Type and “City” under Geography.
In the top search box enter “engineer” and click LOOKUP.
Select the appropriate headings.
Lower down, select the Province, choose the cities, and click the “View Results” button.
NOTE: You can access this database from a Library computer. If you are using a computer from outside the Library, you will need a Vancouver Public Library card to login to this database. After clicking on the database name, you will be asked to enter your library card number and PIN (usually last four digits of your telephone number).
Applying for a Job
In Canada, employers usually expect to receive a resume (curriculum vitae) and a cover letter that identifies the position you are applying for and summarizes your relevant experience.
Use the library catalogue to find books on writing resumes and cover letters specific to your industry.
To learn about applying for jobs in Canada, see the following:
Getting Help from Industry Sources
Associations for professional engineers in BC and Canada provide information and assistance. Registration and fees are usually required for membership.
Search the Vancouver Public Library catalogue for journals related to your profession. Examples at the Central Library:
- Canadian Consulting Engineer / Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada
Also available at the Central Library, 620.5 C212
- Innovation / Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia
Also available at the Central Library, 620.5 B86
- Journal of Achievements in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
Also available at the Central Library as an electronic resource