The sectors and industries in which an industrial engineer works have been illustrated to be quite varied and work which is done can also be quite different, depending on your employer or client’s needs. This said, your role as an industrial engineer will tend be similar in terms of the kinds of activities that need to be undertaken. Industrial engineers collect and process information, analyse data, develop methods and systems, review schedules, study and plan sequences, study project information and organisation charts, apply statistical methods and calculations, prepare reports, coordinate objectives, estimate costs, provide direction and implement methodologies. The industrial engineer works with all levels of employees, and in particular their communication with management to set standards and achieve desired objectives is a necessary part of being most effective.
A successful day at the office for an industrial engineer would include having made business practices more profitable, making work faster and safer and also smoother and more rewarding for workers. There are many avenues to achieve this and many situations in which the skills of an industrial engineer can be applied with the aim of achieving efficiencies in process, happier customers, better designed and more easily produced products. The recommendations persuasively put forward by an industrial engineer should take into account the broad range of factors that businesses cannot do without, including people, money, energy and effort, knowledge and information, equipment, materials and tools. In embracing the responsibilities highlighted, a working knowledge of many engineering areas and the skill to use computer modelling to do process simulations is essential. Though analysis and conceptualisation are unquestionable skills to function as an industrial engineer, one cannot underestimate the importance of the industrial engineer’s role in implementation and oversight of plans towards achieving established outcomes.