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improving the quality and productivity of systems

Industrial engineering contributes to the management decision-making process. It is concerned with the optimal utilization of integrated systems of people, methods, materials, machines and energy to achieve organizational goals. In the application of principles and methods of engineering analysis and design, it is distinguished from other engineering disciplines in its concern with problems which involve human effort and energy, production systems, economy in the use of money, materials and time, and a high utilization of the social sciences.

Typical duties of an industrial engineer:

  • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, process flows, and other information to understand manufacturing and service methods and activities
  • Determine how to manufacture parts or products or deliver services with maximum efficiency
  • Develop management control systems to make financial planning and cost analysis more efficient
  • Implement quality control procedures to resolve production problems or minimize costs
  • Work with customers and management to develop standards for design and production
  • Design control systems to coordinate activities and production planning to ensure that products meet quality standards
  • Consult with clients about product specifications, vendors about purchases, management personnel about manufacturing capabilities, and staff about the status of projects