Industrial Engineer  What They Do

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Industrial Engineers Career Video



Designs, develops, tests and evaluates integrated systems for managing industrial production processes including human work factors; quality control; inventory control; logistics and material flow; cost analysis; and production coordination.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Engineering and Technology pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Plans and establishes sequence of operations to fabricate and assemble parts or products and to promote efficient utilization.
  • Reviews production schedules, engineering specifications, orders, and related information to obtain knowledge of manufacturing methods, procedures, and activities.
  • Estimates production costs, cost saving methods, and the effects of product design changes on expenditures for management review, action, and control.
  • Drafts and designs layout of equipment, materials, and workspace to illustrate maximum efficiency using drafting tools and computer.
  • Coordinates and implements quality control objectives, activities, or procedures to resolve production problems, maximize product reliability, or minimize costs.
  • Communicates with management and user personnel to develop production and design standards.
  • Recommends methods for improving utilization of personnel, material, and utilities.
  • Develops manufacturing methods, labor utilization standards, and cost analysis systems to promote efficient staff and facility utilization.
  • Confers with clients, vendors, staff, and management personnel regarding purchases, product and production specifications, manufacturing capabilities, or project status.
  • Applies statistical methods and performs mathematical calculations to determine manufacturing processes, staff requirements, and production standards.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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