Industrial Engineer

Industrial engineers design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes, including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination.

Industrial Engineer

Average Hourly Earnings



Bachelor's Degree


  • Plan and establish sequence of operations to make and assemble parts or products and to promote efficiency
  • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, orders, and related information to obtain knowledge of manufacturing methods, procedures, and activities
  • Estimate production costs, cost saving methods, and the effects of product design changes on costs for management review, action, and control
  • Use drafting tools and computers to draft and design layout of equipment, materials, and workspace to illustrate maximum efficiency
  • Coordinate and implement quality control objectives, activities, or procedures to resolve production problems, maximize product reliability, or minimize costs
  • Communicate with management and user personnel to develop production and design standards
  • Recommend methods for improving utilization of personnel, material, and utilities
  • Develop manufacturing methods, labor utilization standards, and cost analysis systems to promote efficient staff and facility utilization

Work Environment

Industrial engineers commonly work indoors in comfortable air temperatures. They often communicate with others via email, telephone calls, and face-to-face discussions. Being able to work well in a group or team is very important in this work. To remain healthy, industrial engineers must frequently wear protective or safety equipment. Accuracy is very important in this work. Most of them work full time, including many who work more than 40 hours a week.

Key Traits

Investigative. Frequently requires working with ideas and involves an extensive amount of thinking. May involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.