In our previous posts[1][2][3], we drew comparisons between occupational requirements and job content for technologists in Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.  A closer look at the table below, showing the job titles in the O*NET database corresponding to the two occupations, may provide an insight into why the former occupation tends to score higher than the latter in areas such as resource management, supervision and innovation.

In the Industrial Engineering Technologist occupation, we see job titles such as Head of Operation and Logistics, Managers of Asset Management, Operations and Procurement, Lean Six Sigma Specialist, Production Control Supervisor and QA Manager.  On the other hand, while the Mechanical Engineering Technologist occupation features different types of engineering design jobs (which we saw reflected in this previous post), in general we do not see the same level of seniority in the jobs listed there.

Our conclusion? While the US standard occupational classification (SOC) recognises technologist occupations in a way that the UK SOC does not (at least at present), there is still a wide range in the meaning and understanding of the occupation title ‘technologist’.

Occupation Description Job Titles
Industrial Engineering Technologists Assist industrial engineers in such activities as quality control, inventory control, or material flow methods. May conduct statistical studies or analyze production costs. Advanced Computer Aided Design Specialist (Advanced CAD Specialist)
Advanced Diagnostics Engineering Specialist
Advanced Manufacturing Consultant
Assistant Manager Quality Management
Associate Product Integrity Engineer
Efficiency Analyst
Efficiency Expert
Engineering Technologist
Head of Operation and Logistics
Industrial Engineering Analyst
Industrial Engineering Technologist
Industrial Methods Consultant
Industrial Technologist
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
Lean Six Sigma Senior Specialist
Liaison Engineer
Manager, Asset Management
Manager, Operations and Procurement
Manufacturing Specialist
Material Scheduler
Materials Planner
Materials Planner/Production Planner
Methods Time Analyst
Motion Study Analyst
PPAP Coordinator
Process Documentation and Methods Analyst
Process Safety Engineering Technologist
Production Analyst
Production Control Analyst
Production Control Expert
Production Control Planner
Production Control Supervisor
Production Expert
Production Planner
Productivity Engineer
Project Leader
QA Manager
Quality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst)
Quality Control Analyst
Quality Control Director
Quality Control Expert
Quality Control Specialist
Quality Controller
Quality Engineer
Quality Management Coordinator
Quality Tech
Real Time Analyst
Reliability Engineer
Senior Engineering Specialist
Senior Product Integrity Engineer
Senior Quality Engineer
Senior Quality Methods Specialist
Time Motion Analyst
Time Study Analyst
Traffic Rate Analyst
Mechanical Engineering Technologists Assist mechanical engineers in such activities as generation, transmission, or use of mechanical or fluid energy. Prepare layouts of machinery or equipment or plan the flow of work. May conduct statistical studies or analyze production costs. Apparatus Engineering Technologist
CAD Designer (Computer Aided Design Designer)
Data Analyst
Engineer Technical Staff
Engineering Aide
Engineering Analyst
Engineering Tech
Engineering Technical Analyst
Engineering Technologist
Lead Manufacturing Engineering Tech
Mechanical Designer
Mechanical Designer/Wind-Chill Administrator
Mechanical Engineering Technologist
Mechanical Maintenance
Mechanical Technologist
Operations Analyst
Senior Advisory
Senior Designer
Senior Process Analyst
Systems Analyst
Technical Analyst
Technical Staff Engineer
Test Engineering Analyst
Tool Analyst
Tooling Engineering Tech