Industrial Engineers are in charge of conducting studies and developing and supervising programs to achieve the best use of equipment, human resources, technology, materials, and procedures to enhance efficiency and productivity. They are employed in consulting firms, manufacturing and processing companies, and work across all types of industries, from Banking and transportation to Healthcare and government.
Industrial Engineering is a business-focused field which affects all kinds of different areas and entities, influencing their processes, systems, and operations by devising more efficient ways to use workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.
Industrial Engineers are so versatile they are able to engage in activities that are useful to a variety of businesses, government entities, and non-profit organizations. For instance, they may engage in supply chain management in order to help businesses minimize inventory costs; conduct quality assurance activities to help organizations keep their customer bases satisfied; or work in the growing field of project management as industries across the world seek to control costs and maximize production.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Industrial Engineers are required to complete.
- Implementing strategic and technical solutions to make a product, service, or process faster, safer, easier, and less expensive:
- Conducting research and implementing programs to determine optimum inventory levels for production and to allow optimum utilization of machinery, materials, and resources;
- evaluating the reliability and performance of plant facilities and production or administrative systems;
- establishing programs and researching ways to enhance industrial health and safety, or to identify and correct fire and other safety hazards;
- evaluating or assessing industrial facilities, as well as studying new machinery in order to recommend or select efficient combinations;
- designing, developing, and conducting time studies and work simplification programs;
- planning, designing, evaluating, and optimizing concepts, and writing specifications;
- developing flexible or integrated manufacturing systems and procedures;
- analyzing production costs;
- determining human resource and skill requirements in order to develop training programs to enhance production, as well as creating performance standards, evaluation systems, and wage and incentive programs; and
- acquiring quotations, sourcing vendors, and managing the implementation of new projects.
- Enhancing profitability, customer service, and the quality of products and services for their clients, while reducing costs:
- Using mathematical methods and models to design manufacturing and information systems to meet the client’s requirements most efficiently.
- Supervising Technicians, Technologists, Analysts, administrative staff, and other Engineers:
- Training Assemblers, Quality Control Assistants, and Technicians, as necessary, on processes, equipment, and documentation.
- Evaluating how to manufacture products or deliver services in the most efficient way possible.
- Studying and reviewing production schedules, Engineering specifications, process flows, and other information to understand methods and activities in manufacturing and other services.
- Creating management control systems to make financial planning and cost analysis more efficient.
- Executing quality control procedures in order to resolve production problems or minimize costs.
- Working alongside the client and the management team to develop standards for design and production.
- Designing control systems to coordinate activities and production planning to ensure that products or services meet all quality standards.
- Liaising with clients for product specifications; with vendors for purchases; with the management team for manufacturing capabilities; and with the staff for projects’ status updates.
The average Industrial Engineer salary is $76,438 per year or $39 per hour. This is around 2.3 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $54,000 while most experienced workers make up to $107,000. These results are based on 34 salaries extracted from job descriptions.