Program Spotlight: Industrial Engineering Technician

Take your solid mechanical aptitude to the next level

With training provided by the Industrial Engineering Technician program, you will have the skills and knowledge you need to secure employment at manufacturing facilities and energy plants. Modern industrial sites have changed dramatically from years ago, and are sophisticated and require highly skilled workers to take on daily operational and maintenance responsibilities.

As a student in this program, you will obtain a foundation in the theory, application and principles required to sustain these complicated environments. This training includes the proper installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of the following types of equipment:

  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Electromechanical
  • Hydraulic
  • Pneumatic power
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)

The program also focuses on the following training topics:

  • Blueprint reading
  • Welding
  • Mechatronics
  • Troubleshooting/problem solving
  • Preventative/predictive maintenance
  • Safety

Joe Mollner, Industrial Engineering Technician faculty, reported that the program just finished a complete curriculum overhaul.

“Industrial engineering technicians earn good money and receive great benefits,” Joe said. “This occupational path is exciting and rewarding—every day will bring new and different challenges.”

Joe reported that program graduates get opportunities to work in premier industries that lead the way in incorporating new technologies.

“The Industrial Engineering Technician program at DCTC is a pivotal step on your career path if you have a mechanical aptitude and good problem-solving skills, and also take great pride in your work,” he said.

More about Joe Mollner…

Joseph (Joe) Mollner started teaching at Dakota County Technical College in 2018 as an instructor in the Energy Technical Specialist program. Joe took on the role of Industrial Engineering Technician instructor in August 2019.

Joe has a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Education/Industrial Technology from Concordia University, St. Paul, and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Mathematics from the University of St. Thomas. He earned a Construction Management certificate from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Joe is currently working on his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Winona State University; he’s hoping to graduate in spring 2021.

Joe fell in love with teaching, and taught industrial arts in the St. Paul School system for five years before coming to DCTC. Joe is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps—he also worked as a prison guard, construction administrator, and boiler operator. These different career paths allow Joe to bring different perspectives into the classroom.

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Industrial Engineering Technicians

Help industrial engineers design processes to make better use of resources at work sites.


This career pays above the statewide median wage of $21.49/hour


Median: $25.26/hour
High: $30.34/hour

Seven-county Twin Cities metro

Median: $26.41/hour
High: $31.27/hour


This career is currently in high demand. Growth rate in the Minnesota is 2.3 percent.

There will be a need for about 3,416 new Industrial Engineering Technicians to meet market demand between 2018–2028. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.


In Minnesota, there are 3,500 workers employed in this small career.

Where do Industrial Engineering Technicians most often work?
People who work in this career often:
  • Inspect and Maintain Operational Processes
  • Install Industrial Equipment
  • Monitor Processes for Compliance with Industrial Standards
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes, and products.
  • Analyze, test, and validation data.
Minnesota State CAREERwise Education
Learn more about the Industrial Engineering Technician program at DCTC by contacting:

Joe Mollner
Industrial Engineering Technician Faculty

Don Deutsch
Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology Faculty

Natalie Shrestha
Academic and Financial Aid Advisor