Industrial Engineering

Inga Bethel
Tareco Johnson

Industrial engineering is a branch of engineering which deals with the optimization of complex processes or systems. Industrial engineering concepts can be applied to a wide range of industries from manufacturing to finance.

Industrial engineers (IEs) simply figure out how to do things better. They use physical and social sciences together with the principles of engineering to improve quality and productivity and cut waste like time, materials, money and energy.  IEs analyze engineering specifications, production processes and statistics to maximize output.  IEs also generate management control systems and cost analysis which aid in financial planning, as well as interact with people and processes they are working to improve.

IEs work in almost any industry, anywhere in the world.  Industries, such as aerospace, agriculture, entertainment and media, healthcare, defense, chemical, construction, energy, and others all need IEs.  IEs’ work can encompass shortening a rollercoaster line at places like Disney, to streamlining an operating room at a hospital, from distributing products worldwide, to manufacturing superior automobiles.  The challenges of each task all share the common goal of saving companies’ money and increasing efficiencies.

The most distinctive aspect of industrial engineering is its flexibility. Because an education in Industrial engineering offers the best of both engineering and business, IEs can look forward to a wide variety of career options.  Additionally, many industrial engineers often get promoted into management positions because of the problem solving skill they develop.   For the same reason, Industrial engineers often advance to become excellent business leaders and owners.