By Nsim Team
If you’re technically minded, have skills in math and science, and you have a keen interest in efficiency, then a career as an industrial engineer might just be perfect for you!
Good pay, technical challenge, wide job prospects, the chance to travel, different areas of specialty to choose from…this career can do no wrong.
Industrial engineers are responsible for investigating and reviewing the utilization of an organization’s resources, including personnel, facilities, equipment and materials, capital, and current operational processes and established practices.
Their aim is to recommend improvement in the effectiveness, efficiency or safety of operations in a variety of commercial, industrial and production environments. In order to accomplish their goals, industrial engineers may be involved with:
• Planning how systems will work
• Measuring work performance
• Establishing work standards and specifications
• Establishing quality standards
• Analyzing project costs and benefits
• Enhancing systems operations
• Evaluating proposed facility sites
• Determining the best way to pay workers
• Evaluating how well people do their jobs
To become an industrial engineer you typically need a bachelor’s degree in engineering, with a major in industrial, manufacturing, mechanical or production engineering. Some employers however, may require that you have a master’s degree in one of these areas, although it is relatively uncommon.
In order to succeed as an industrial engineer, you’ll need to have a certain knowledge base and skill set that will apply to any area of specialty you choose within this field. These skills include:
• Able to identify strengths and weaknesses of solutions, conclusions, or approaches to the problems
• Familiarity with relevant software
• A demonstrated ability to meet project schedules and budgets
• An excellent grasp of production principles, in manufacturing and/or business administration
• An excellent grasp of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics
• Able to deal with several issues at once, from workers’ safety to quality assurance
• Aptitude for analyzing, designing and implementing complex solutions
• Knowledge of CAD is often an asset
Industrial engineers can apply their skill set in virtually any type of organization, which makes their job prospects quite wide in scope. They often work for the following types of organizations:
• Automobile companies
• Engineering and manufacturing consulting firms
• Financial institutions
• Government agencies (all levels)
• Health care institutions
• Manufacturers (of all products)
• Transportation and logistics companies
• Insurance companies
• Department and retail stores
• Colleges and universities
• Private and public research organizations
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