Industrial engineers: Who are they and what do they do? And more importantly, could industrial engineering be for you?
Industrial engineers are really good at making work easier and faster.
How? By yelling, bribery, gentle persuasion? Actually none of those.
Industrial engineers examine how people and processes work and come up with smart solutions to remove any unnecessary effort or waste that's not productive. Their prime goals are to save money and get tasks done quicker.
What exactly does an industrial engineer do every day?
Analyzes how people and processes work: records the sequence of steps required to complete the process and details the tasks completed at each step
Measures the output of work: records what is produced by the analyzed work and determines if what is produced is enough to meet demand (aka "time studies")
Identifies waste: industrial engineers love removing any tasks or steps that slow output
Provides solutions: comes up with ideas that mean less effort is required
Organizes the workplace: uses ergonomic principles to design work areas
Where do industrial engineers work?
Manufacturing: improving production processes to get the product to the customer faster
Healthcare: getting the patient to treatment as efficiently as possible
Government Bodies: reducing bureaucracy by removing unnecessary paperwork
Travel/Transport: reducing queue time, making sure people or products get to their destination as quickly as possible
Other roles to watch for:
Many industrial engineers are called lean specialists or continuous improvement engineers. They have the same objectives as industrial engineers in removing waste from processes (trimming excess fat to keep systems lean!) and making things go smoother and quicker.
Which of these workplaces will you find an industrial engineer in action?
You'll love it if...
You like interacting with people to get information
You enjoy analysing data
You're stimulated by problem solving
It's not for you if.....
You prefer to stay at your desk all day
You find watching people work incredibly boring
You don't like recording details
Pick the future industrial engineer
Very good at planning activities
Very detail oriented, likes to excel at tasks
Enjoys working on projects alone
Finds analysis boring
Sees herself as a people manager
Likes to work on corporate strategies
Which person looks best suited to a career as an industrial engineer?
So, could industrial engineering be in your future?
If you think so....
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