There are many categories that the career of an industrial engineer can break down in to. Of these are quality-control, time-study, process, plane design or factory layout, production, and documentation engineers. There are also configuration management analyst, tool planner, and vendor equally supervisors. Not all industrial engineers are educated in all these areas specifically, some only specify in one or two areas. They may have the title of operations, systems, or management engineers.
Over all, the ordinary industrial engineer works with people, organizations, and businesses. This is what sets them apart from other engineers. They design, improve, and install systems. These systems can be/are systematic, materials, information, and people that supply products or services.
Things that they design are/can-be facilities and operation procedures, simplifying workflow but increasing out-put, improving layout of equipment, office systems and other units. They develop and oversee quality control, cost control, inventory control, procurement and distribution programs, work standards, performance measures, and improvement of the work environment. Industrial engineers research products and product applications. They conduct long-range org organization studies, plant location, and system effectiveness studies. They study potential markets, sources of raw materials, labor supply, energy resources, and financing of operations.
To get all the many tasks they do done, they use certain types of equipment. These are calculators, measuring devices and stopwatches, and specifications and handbooks. With uses of new technology, they use prints, computer (with access to the World Wide Web), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) systems, computer-aided design (CAD) systems, and electronic/air gaging test equipment.
To have a career as an industrial engineer there needs to be and interest in technical work, ability to plan and organize studies, an interest in working with mathematical models and formulas, and also and interest in working closely with people. It helps that if the people who are interested in this kind of a job enjoy activities of a scientific and technical nature. They need to be able to be active in business contacts. They should also prefer activities that involve machines, processes, and techniques, and activities that require a creative imagination.
Seeing detail, recognizing differences, and visualizing drawings, as three-dimensional solid objects are things an industrial engineer should be able to do. They also need to be able to work within precise limits and standards of accuracy, rate information using personal judgement and standards that can be measured or checked, use mathematics quickly and accurately, and think logically in a clear and organized manner. They need to be able to present their ideas effectively in speech and writing so they can convince people that what they have devised is appropriate and functional.
It takes a four-year collage degree in industrial engineering or a related field to enter this occupation as a career. There are about 370 jobs opening in this field every year, and there are about 7,745 people employed in the field. The percent growth of this is 26.5% (This information is from Michigan’s Employment Outlook to 2005).