Industrial engineers design and improve the way goods and services are produced and delivered. They work to increase individual and system productivity, improve product quality, and design safe work places. In short, industrial engineers figure out how to do things better by working to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, and other resources. Most importantly industrial engineers are responsible for improving the overall effectiveness of an organization. While they are in short supply across the nation, their skills are in high demand.
Like all engineering disciplines, industrial engineers are good with numbers, are creative, and have great problems solving skills. They should also have exceptional people skills and be able to work in teams. Being more business and people-oriented than other engineers, industrial engineers tend to migrate into managerial positions nearly twice as soon as other engineering disciplines. Besides working in traditional manufacturing companies, Industrial Engineers are employed in many business sectors such as health care, transportation, financial, and communication industries. So if you have an eye for detail, enjoy working with people, and want to make a difference in today’s economy, industrial engineering might be the place for you.
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K-State Department of IMSE:
Institute of Industrial Engineers
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
National Society of Professional Engineers
Society of Women Engineers
Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
American Society for Engineering Education
K-State's Industrial Engineering program is accredited under the General Criteria by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.