Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering is a field of Engineering that seeks to establish and improve systems of people, equipment, materials, and methods to provide a product or service in the most cost effective manner available. It was an outgrowth of the Scientific Management movement of the early 20th century.

The following are typical activities of Industrial Engineers in practice…

  1. Time and motion study
  2. Motion economy and workstation design
  3. Facility layout and planning
  4. Simulation of discreet event processes
  5. Documentation and flowcharting of processes

Unlike other engineers, Industrial Engineers may be found in non-production environments. The following are typical industries they work in…

  1. Manufacturing operations / factories
  2. Warehouses and Distribution Centers
  3. Hospitals (Sometimes called Management Engineers)
  4. Banks and other financial institutions
  5. Retailers and grocery operations
  6. Theme parks
  7. Governement agencies

In general, anywhere that work is done, and needs to be done more efficiently, you may find an Industrial Engineer.

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