Even though Frederick Taylor is called the father of industrial engineering, there are scholars who identified the need for efficiency and productivity in engineering activity or manufacturing activity and even developed some principles.
Adam Smith in his book Wealth of Nations right in the first chapter discussed productivity of labor.
On the economy of machinery and manufactures - Charles Babbage , 1832
The Philosophy of Manufactures: Or an Exposition of the Scientific, Moral, and Commercial Economy
Andrew Ure, Glasgow, Great Britain
John Stuart Mill Economics
On What depends the degree of productiveness of productive agents
Of Production on a large, and production on a small scale