Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Role and Career of the Industrial Engineer

This is a review knol for the article Chapter 1.2: The Role and Career of the Industrial Engineer in the Modern Organization in Maynard's Handbook of Industrial Engineering, 2001.
Industrial Engineering
(Florida International University)

The role of industrial engineer has increased and is critical to a company's financial success, as the technologies that must be integrated are increasingly complicated and costly, and the competition in the world marketplace is great.

HKU Engineering Alumni Association

Industrial Engineer Career & Salary

You can make a good living as an Industrial Engineer.  In 2002, the United States Department of Labor issued the median annual salary for the industrial engineers at $62,150. By 2007, that median had risen to $73,490.
 In 2007, the National Association of Colleges and Employers conducted a survey that revealed people with bachelor’s degrees in Industrial engineering were being offered average beginning wages of $55,067, while master’s degree graduates were averaging $64,759, and Ph.D. graduates were being offered average beginning salaries of $77,364.

Originally posted in knol by me
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Traditionally, the role of industrial engineer focuses on efficiency and quality. However, in order to respond to current challenges and address all the complexities of today’s business environment, total performance excellence is the trend to ensure the business sustainability. Now, industrial engineering graduates can take a part to assist the organization to turn the corner towards performance excellence and make progress to win the awards.
The following role summary is a good description
Role Summary -Industrial Engineer-Athletic Footwear

The role of Industrial Engineer is to identify and implement improvements to processes by analyzing current processes and utilizing established improvement methodologies to maximize the efficiency of equipment and personnel and to support company improvement initiatives. The Industrial Engineer performs the leading role in improving process efficiency in manufacturing facilities, and analyzes and specifies integrated components of people, machines, and facilities to create efficient and effective systems that produce footwear to the highest performance and quality. And the key roles of the position are as below:

1)Plans utilization of facilities, equipment, materials, and personnel to improve efficiency of operations and establishes work measurement programs and analyzes work samples to develop standards for labor utilization.

2)Studies functional statements, organization charts, and project information to determine functions and responsibilities of workers and work units and to identify areas of duplication and analyzes work force utilization, facility layout, and operational data, such as production costs, process flow charts, and production schedules, to determine efficient utilization of workers and equipment.

3)Recommends methods for improving worker efficiency and reducing waste of materials and utilities, such as restructuring job duties, reorganizing work flow, relocating work stations and equipment, and purchase of equipment.

4)Confers with management and production engineering staff to implement plans and recommendations.

5)Estimate production cost and effect of product design changes for management review, action, and control.

Role Requirements:

-Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering, Business or related disciplines OR
-With at least 8 years experience, typically in development, engineering and/or production with relevant footwear product experience preferred. Significant exposure with a variety of manufacturing processes, materials, costing, pricing and determining margins would be an asset.

-Thorough knowledge of footwear components, technologies, engineering and advanced product construction concepts and understanding and diversified working experience of the tools that support the product creation process, and with a well understanding of the connectivity between business and innovation.

-Ability to communicating the complex concepts, developing partnerships and demonstrating the influencing skills.

-Good command of written and spoken English & Chinese.

-Computer Proficiency.

The industrial engineering is often called the people oriented engineering discipline, because it does not only consider the behavior of inanimate objects as they are governed by physical laws, but also the behavior of people as they operate together in organizations. This discipline is concerned with the integrated systems of people, and the design, improvement and installation of materials and equipment. Industrial engineers design methods and process to achieve the efficiency in the integrated system. Some integrated working system arise in industry and manufacturing, while others are found in a variety of non-industrial settings ranging from healthcare and education to financial centers and government.

Originally posted in Knol   the-purpose-and-evolution-of-industrial-engineering#

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