Industrial informatics engineer

Industrial informatics engineers help companies become more productive and efficient by developing, monitoring and improving the effectiveness of automated systems.

Connected to:

  • Industrial computer engineer
  • Programmer analyst
  • Industrial specialist


Industrial informatics engineers rely on many disciplines to perform their roles such as mechanics, robotics, electrical engineering and computer science. Industrial informatics engineers use all these disciplines to design, analyze and program systems and industrial machinery. They are also responsible for the operation of machinery – its maintenance and its programming. Engineers play a key role in monitoring automation equipment, ensuring production doesn’t shut down completely through a failure in any of its elements. Companies that want to remain both productive and competitive increasingly require industrial informatics engineers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Improve working conditions and increase productivity by developing software or upgrading work stations through automation, programmable logic controller (PLC) and electronics.
  • Responsible for the operation of equipment.
  • Analyze and meet the needs of a company for productivity through automation and the sequencing of machinery.
  • Ensure quality of products and services according to standards, policies and procedures.
  • Anticipate and resolve problems proactively.

For People Who

  • Know quality management and risk management.
  • Are able to manage unforeseen challenges throughout a project.
  • Are knowledgeable in software programming.
  • Understand computer systems and their environments.
  • Know and understand all the mechanical elements of machinery.
  • Pay attention to detail and follow instructions accurately.
  • Can adapt to a constantly evolving industry.
  • Are team players.
  • Have strong interpersonal communications.
  • Are skilled in oral and written communication in French and English.
  • Are versatile.
  • Are self-starters and can work independently.
  • Have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

Education Pathways

Several combinations of education and experience can lead to a career as an industrial informatics engineer. These include:

Bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering or software engineering, programming or a related discipline like management science and systems engineering.
College degree in computer science or a related discipline.


Generally, companies require two years or less experience in the field of information technology and relevant experience in the type of activity specific to the company’s market sector.  Industrial informatics engineer is an entry-level position. Engineers usually start at this level then advance as they acquire more skills and experience. For intermediate positions, companies usually require three to five years experience in the field of information technology with relevant experience in the type of activity specific to the company.

Median Salary

  • Programmer / Analyst - Beginner $ 45 000
  • Programmer / Analyst - Intermediate $ 56 000
  • Programmer / Analyst - Senior $ 63 000

Source: Compensation TECHNOCompétences 2010

Salary Forecasting (three to five years)

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