What is industrial engineering?
Industrial engineers' daily tasks involve a great variety of creative activities, especially in modern manufacturing and service industries. The main branches of industrial engineering are manufacturing technology and operational systems design. It involves facets that are important in the modern industrial and service environments, such as quality assurance, robotics, engineering economics, operations research, industrial ergonomics and information technology.
What knowledge and skills does this programme equip one with?
Industrial engineering is an interdisciplinary field of study in which training in several applied sciences, for instance mechanical, mechatronic, electrical and electronic engineering, together with economic management, natural sciences, information technology and operational research, are combined as a unit for the design and operation of various operational systems. The industrial engineer is also particularly trained in the use of computers in decision-making for enterprise management and the automatic control of machines and equipment.
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Job opportunities for industrial engineers
A industrial engineer's work covers a selected part of a wide spectrum, starting at the design stage, concentrating on the manufacturing or delivering stages (where attention is particularly focussed on planning, efficiency and productivity), and concluding with marketing. Industrial engineers often work in large companies, or offer consulting services to large companies, but many are also responsible for the operation of small companies.