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Industrial Engineering Overview - Preparation - Day In The Life -
Earnings - Employment - Career Path Forecast - Professional Organizations -
Profiles of Industrial Engineers - PowerPoint - Podcast


Industrial engineers determine the most effective ways to use the basic factors of production—people, machines, materials, information, and energy -- to make a product or provide a service.

They are concerned primarily with increasing productivity through the management of people, methods of business organization, and technology.

To maximize efficiency, industrial engineers study product requirements carefully and then design manufacturing and information systems to meet those requirements with the help of mathematical methods and models.

They develop management control systems to aid in financial planning and cost analysis, and they design production planning and control systems to coordinate activities and ensure product quality.

They also design or improve systems for the physical distribution of goods and services and determine the most efficient plant locations. Industrial engineers develop wage and salary administration systems and job evaluation programs. Many industrial engineers move into management positions because the work is closely related to the work of managers.

The work of health and safety engineers is similar to that of industrial engineers in that they deal with the entire production process. Health and safety engineers promote worksite or product safety and health by applying knowledge of industrial processes, as well as mechanical, chemical, and psychological principles. They must be able to anticipate, recognize, and evaluate hazardous conditions as well as develop hazard control methods. They also must be familiar with the application of health and safety regulations.
 

Industrial Engineering Resources

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Profiles of Industrial Engineers:
Interviews of Professionals
Overview:
Overview of Industrial Engineering
Preparation:
Admission Requirements, Alternate Degree Paths, Graduate Programs, Accredited Programs
Day in the Life:
Teams and Coworkers, Tasks, the Workplace
Earnings:
Employer Options, Salary Ranges, Types of Employers
Employment:
Statistics, Industries, Employers
Career Path Forecast:
Predictions, Employers
Professional Organizations:
Resources, Networking, Support
Podcast:
Overview of the field of Industrial Engineering
Internet Resources:
Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

IIE Student Resources

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 


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