Industrial Engineering is concerned with the design, improvement, and
installation of integrated systems of people, materials, equipment, information, and
energy in the most efficient manner possible. Efficiency is one of an engineers
major concerns. Being able to complete the job, solve the problem, and put the
solution in process are all very important, but making the process efficient allows
less waste and more profit. It draws upon specialized knowledge and skill in the
mathematical, physical, and social sciences together with the principles and methods
of engineering analysis and design to specify, predict and evaluate the results to be
obtained from such systems. Their jobs are also concerned with performance,
reliability, cost efficiency, quality control, plant design, and management of human
resources. Materials engineering and computer engineering are two of the modern
examples of industrial engineering.
Industrial engineers have the challenge of incorporating today’s leading
technological advances with the production of them in manufacturing facilities.
Their purpose is to maximize output, while minimizing the costs for materials and
production. This is why industrial engineers must have knowledge of product
development, materials processing, optimization, queuing theory, production
techniques, and engineering economy. Industrial engineers must have adequate skills
in computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing. Robots are now
providing more assistance than ever for industrial engineers.
Industrial engineering can spread into a wide area of fields. An industrial
engineer’s knowledge is useful in designing better systems to care for patients in
hospitals, reduce air pollution, and for approaching large-scale challenges in
enterprises(usually with a team of other engineers.) Industrial engineers will work
with biological engineers to improve the environment, reduce wastes, and conserve
energy. They will work with architects to give insight on certain needs for certain
buildings to give the architect a sense of space needed and how the layout of the
building should be. Industrial engineers are needed for many of societies concerns,
and may be able to provide valuable and efficient solutions to these problems.
2. Engineering made easy
3. Why do we need engineering?
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