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The activities of industrial engineering generally fall into the following categories:
- Those related to facility layout.
- Those related to increasing productivity.
- Those related to controlling the quality of products.
- Those related to reducing and controlling costs.
- Those related to organizing and coordinating different operations in the workplace.
Plant layout involves determining the floor space needed for each production component – workers, equipment, and material handling and storage – and arranging and sequencing the various operations to insure a safe, smooth and efficient operation.
Industrial engineers perform time and motion studies of workers, set standards of work performance, and propose new and improved work methods to increase productivity. They employ quality control techniques to reduce waste and customer complaints, as well as use statistical procedures to establish reasonable tolerances in quality and develop procedures for making routine checks of product quality.
In all of their work, industrial engineers must carefully monitor costs of production and seek ways to reduce costs without compromising product quality.
Industrial engineers determine the most effective ways of using the basic factors of production -- people, machines, materials, information, and energy -- to make a product or to provide a service. They are the bridge between management goals and operational performance. They are more concerned with increasing productivity through the management of people, methods of business organization, and technology. Although most industrial engineers work in manufacturing industries, they may also work in consulting services, healthcare, and communications.
To solve organizational, production, and such related problems most efficiently, industrial engineers carefully study the product and its requirements; use mathematical methods such as optimization techniques to meet these requirements; and design manufacturing and information systems. They develop management control systems to aid in financial planning and cost analysis and design production planning and control systems to coordinate activities and ensure product quality.
They also design or improve systems for the physical distribution of goods and services. Industrial engineers determine which plant location has the best combination of raw materials availability, transportation facilities, and costs. Industrial engineers use computers for simulations, and to control various activities and devices such as assembly lines and robots. They also develop wage and salary administration systems and job evaluation programs.
Many industrial engineers move up into management positions because that is the main scope of the courses they had studied. The work of health and safety engineers is similar to that of industrial engineers in that it deals with the entire production process. Health and safety engineers promote worksite or product safety and health by applying knowledge of industrial processes, as well as mechanical, chemical, and psychological principles. They must be able to anticipate, recognize, and evaluate hazardous conditions, as well as develop hazard control methods. They also must be familiar with the application of health and safety regulations.
Job opportunities for industrial engineers include, but are not limited to:
- Oil industry;
- Retail businesses; and municipal,
- State, and federal government agencies.