An industrial engineer primarily works to improve and manage manufacturing processes for their company. He or she is primarily concerned with finding ways to better utilize employees, machinery and other assets to improve operations within a plant or similar facility. An industrial engineer typically studies reports related to process efficiency within a section of their plant or the entire facility; they examine the rates of current production, looking at factors such as speed, quality control and worker safety.
They then work on strategies to make improvements, which could include improved or continued worker training, staffing and scheduling changes, or using new machine tools or maintenance on existing hardware. When a plant begins creating new products, parts or components, an industrial engineer helps to design and implement the new processes required. This could include research and purchasing decisions, assessing costs and looking specifically at personnel costs for staffing and training.
A bachelor's degree in industrial engineering is generally the minimum educational requirement for these positions. Previous related experience is generally required or preferred as well. Most industrial engineers work in an office within a manufacturing or industrial plant environment.
While most engineers work during regular business hours, some employers require shift work during evenings and overnights as well.
Category: Engineering & Manufacturing
Project size: Large
Is this a project or a position?: Project
Required availability: As needed