Industrial engineering is the branch of engineering that concerns the development, improvement, implementation and evaluation of integrated systems of people, knowledge, equipment, energy, material and process. Industrial engineering draws upon the principles and methods of engineering analysis and synthesis. It eliminates waste of time, money, materials, energy and other resources. Industrial Engineering is also known as Operations management, Production Engineering, or Manufacturing Engineering depending on the viewpoint or motives of the user. In lean manufacturing systems, Industrial engineers work to eliminate wastage of time, money, materials, energy, and other resources
What does a Industrial Engineer do?
- Industrial engineers typically use computer simulation, especially discrete event simulation, for system analysis and evaluation.
- Industrial engineers study how workers perform their jobs, the goal is to reduce the time it takes to perform a certain job and redistribute work so as to require fewer workers for a given task.
- Industrial Engineer in the manufacturing industry will be responsible for Quality control, Statistical process control and to increase productivity through management of people and methods of business organization.
- Industrial Engineers evolve management control systems to assist in financial planning, cost analysis, production planning and physical distribution of goods and services.
- Industrial engineer will also be involved in general industries such as designing a new loan system for a bank, streamlining operation and emergency rooms in a hospital and distributing products worldwide (referred to as Supply Chain Management)
What is the future for a Industrial Engineering graduate?
The job of an industrial engineer centers involves the use of people, materials, energy, information and machines in the most effective way. They can find opportunities in any of the following category
- Quality Control / Process Planning Engineer in the Manufacturing Industry
- Functional Consultant in Supply Chain Management & Enterprise Resource Planning
- Software Engineer in IT field [ Generic and in specific to ERP / CRM Packages]
- Operational Engineer in Industrial / Commercial establishments like Banks, Hospitals
Scope for Higher Education
After graduation as a B.E / B.Tech in Industrial one can look for M.E / M.Tech / M.S in any of the following areas
- Supply chain analysis and inventory planning
- Financial engineering
- Optimization, planning and control in manufacturing and robotics
- Scheduling and ERP
- Deterministic / Stochastic methods of optimization and analysis
- Simulation modelling and analysis
- Artificial intelligence based methods
- Logistics and transportation
Who should opt for Industrial Engineering?
Planning, Finance, Working with numbers & Problem solving, Computations & Human Resource Management