What is I.E.?

Industrial Engineers design large-scale integrated systems of people, equipment, energy, material, and information.  IEs can improve the productivity in a factory, shorten waiting times in hospital emergency rooms, arrange for "just in time" delivery of products, direct barge traffic on inland waterways;  and even help to make planes run on time.  Specific areas within the IE field include facility layout, material handling systems, production planning and scheduling, ergonomics and human factors, logistics and distribution, operations research, math modeling and optimization, inventory analysis, engineering ergonomics, work design, computer simulation, and more. The study of Industrial Engineering requires knowledge of mathematics, physical and behavioral sciences, economics, computers skills, written and oral communication skills, and an ability to work in team-based environments.

Most importantly, IEs have to recognize that people are essential components in the systems that are being designed, and they must be accounted to ensure overall system effectiveness.

Check out the American Society for Engineering Education's webpage on Industrial Engineering

So if the thought of designing a large scale system (like a factory, a hospital or even a theme park) excites you, and you like to work with people from all areas of an organization, then you should consider being an Industrial Engineer!

    For more information on Industrial Engineering, visit the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE):

    IIE Headquarters
    3577 Parkway Lane, Suite 200
    Norcross, GA 30092

    or online at www.iienet2.org