What Industrial Engineers Do
Posted by Corne Schutte on Thursday, 27 November 2008 18:00
Industrial engineering is about choices. Other engineering disciplines apply skills to very specific areas. IE gives practitioners the opportunity to work in a variety of businesses.
Many practitioners say that an industrial engineering education offers the best of both worlds: an education in both engineering and business.
The most distinctive aspect of industrial engineering is the flexibility it offers. Whether it’s shortening a rollercoaster line, streamlining an operating room, distributing products worldwide, or manufacturing superior automobiles, all these challenges share the common goal of saving companies money and increasing efficiencies.
As companies adopt management philosophies of continuous productivity and quality improvement to survive in the increasingly competitive world market, the need for industrial engineers is growing. Why? Industrial engineers are the only engineering professionals trained specifically to be productivity and quality improvement specialists.
Industrial engineers figure out how to do things better. They engineer processes and systems that improve quality and productivity. They work to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, energy, and other commodities. This is why many industrial engineers end up being promoted into management positions.
Many people are misled by the term industrial engineer. It’s not just about manufacturing. It also encompasses service industries, with many IEs employed in entertainment industries, shipping and logistics businesses, and health care organizations.
IEs make processes better in the following ways:
- More efficient and more profitable business practices
- Better customer service and product quality
- Improved efficiency
- Increased ability to do more with less
- Making work safer, faster, easier, and more rewarding
- Helping companies produce more products quickly
- Making the world safer through better designed products
- Reducing costs associated with new technologies
IE Job Descriptions
Posted by Corne Schutte on Saturday, 22 November 2008 23:02
Job Description for: Industrial Engineers
Design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination.
Job Tasks for: Industrial Engineers
Analyze statistical data and product specifications to determine standards and establish quality and reliability objectives of finished product.
Develop manufacturing methods, labor utilization standards, and cost analysis systems to promote efficient staff and facility utilization.
Draft and design layout of equipment, materials, and workspace to illustrate maximum efficiency, using drafting tools and computer.
Plan and establish sequence of operations to fabricate and assemble parts or products and to promote efficient utilization.
Review production schedules, engineering specifications, orders, and related information to obtain knowledge of manufacturing methods, procedures, and activities.
Study operations sequence, material flow, functional statements, organization charts, and project information to determine worker functions and responsibilities.
Formulate sampling procedures and designs and develop forms and instructions for recording, evaluating, and reporting quality and reliability data.
Apply statistical methods and perform mathematical calculations to determine manufacturing processes, staff requirements, and production standards.
Coordinate quality control objectives and activities to resolve production problems, maximize product reliability, and minimize cost.
Communicate with management and user personnel to develop production and design standards.
Recommend methods for improving utilization of personnel, material, and utilities.
Estimate production cost and effect of product design changes for management review, action, and control.
Complete production reports, purchase orders, and material, tool, and equipment lists.
Direct workers engaged in product measurement, inspection, and testing activities to ensure quality control and reliability.
Record or oversee recording of information to ensure currency of engineering drawings and documentation of production problems.
Regulate and alter workflow schedules according to established manufacturing sequences and lead times to expedite production operations.
Implement methods and procedures for disposition of discrepant material and defective or damaged parts, and assess cost and responsibility.
Evaluate precision and accuracy of production and testing equipment and engineering drawings to formulate corrective action plan.
Confer with vendors, staff, and management personnel regarding purchases, procedures, product specifications, manufacturing capabilities, and project status.
Schedule deliveries based on production forecasts, material substitutions, storage and handling facilities, and maintenance requirements.
Required Knowledge for: Industrial Engineers
Mathematics -- Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Skills Required for: Industrial Engineers
Mathematics -- Using mathematics to solve problems.
Abilities Required for: Industrial Engineers
Written Comprehension -- The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Job Activities for: Industrial Engineers
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.