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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Where do IE's Work?

Wednesday, April 09, 2008 Posted by vernon go


Combine engineering skills with business principles


Industrial Engineering is concerned with the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems. These systems may involve people, materials, information, equipment, or energy. The work of industrial engineers involves carefully analyzing and improving these systems. IEs have a strong background in mathematical, physical, and social sciences, as well as in engineering analysis and design. They also learn many of the same principles studied in business school. With preparation in both engineering and business, IE graduates have many employment opportunities.


The Big Picture


Industrial engineers have a slightly different focus than other engineers. Instead of focusing on engines, gears, circuits, or bridges, IEs concentrate on overall systems and processes. They step back and look at the big picture so they can improve quality and productivity in a wide range of environments.


Many Opportunities


Since IEs can work in so many different fields, the list of projects they may be assigned can be quite varied. For example, an IE may design the admissions procedure at a hospital, improve a product assembly process to increase quality and reduce worker injury, or work with other engineers to design a new office building.


Where do IE’s work?

• Large and small manufacturing facilities

• Service industries such as hospitals and city government

• Consulting organizations


Industrial engineers have an almost unlimited range of career fields available to them.

Anywhere there is a system of people, products, or automated machines, industrial engineers can be at work, finding better ways to make the best use of available resources to lower costs, improve quality, increase safety and ensure the most efficient flow of operations at an optimum cost.

Manufacturing firms are the main employer: automotive, aerospace, appliance, electronics, computer, food processing, metals, mining, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, paper, plastics processing, construction, etc ...


Service industries also require the blend of business and technical skills which industrial engineers offer: medical centers, banks, insurance companies, airlines, railroads, food services, retail trade, communication, transportation, educational and public service agencies, urban planning department, public utilities.

Other opportunities exist in management, consulting, computer service centers and similar organizations. Research and teaching, public or private sectors. Some industrial engineers work as self employed consultants.

What functions are available to industrial engineers?

Production, personnel, management service, cost control, sales, and other functions. Several industrial engineers became presidents/CEOs of large corporations and/or there own businesses!

Career outlook:

With the increasing complexity of business operations, industrial growth, and the expansion of automation in factories and offices, it is expected that industrial engineers will be in increasing demand in the coming decades.

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