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Career Details :: 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.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Analyzes statistical data and product specifications to determine standards and establish quality and reliability objectives of finished product.
- Develops manufacturing methods, labor utilization standards, and cost-analysis systems to promote efficient staff and facility utilization.
- Plans and establishes sequence of operations to fabricate and assemble parts or products and to promote efficient utilization of resources.
- Studies operations sequence, material flow, functional statements, organization charts, and project information to determine worker functions and responsibilities.
- Applies statistical methods and performs mathematical calculations to determine manufacturing processes, staff requirements, and production standards.
- Communicates with management and user personnel to develop production and design standards.
- Estimates production cost and effect of product design changes for management review, action, and control.
- Recommends methods for improving utilization of personnel, material, and utilities.
- Schedules deliveries based on production forecasts, material substitutions, storage and handling facilities, and maintenance requirements.
- Confers with vendors, staff, and management personnel regarding purchases, procedures, product specifications, manufacturing capabilities, and project status.
- Evaluates precision and accuracy of production and testing equipment and engineering drawings to formulate corrective action plan.
- Implements methods and procedures for disposition of discrepant material and defective or damaged parts, and assesses cost and responsibility.
- Regulates and alters workflow schedules according to established manufacturing sequences and lead times to expedite production operations.
- Records or oversees recording of information to ensure currency of engineering drawings and documentation of production problems.
- Directs workers engaged in product measurement, inspection, and testing activities to ensure quality control and reliability.
- Completes production reports, purchase orders, and material, tool, and equipment lists.
- Coordinates quality-control objectives and activities to resolve production problems, maximize product reliability, and minimize cost.
- Formulates sampling procedures and designs and develops forms and instructions for recording, evaluating, and reporting quality and reliability data.
- Reviews production schedules, engineering specifications, orders, and related information to obtain knowledge of manufacturing methods, procedures, and activities.
- Drafts and designs layout of equipment, materials, and workspace to illustrate maximum efficiency, using drafting tools and computer.
- Aerospace Engineers
- Industrial Engineering Technicians
- Materials Engineers
- Mechanical Engineering Technicians
- Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers
- Petroleum Engineers
General Work Activities
- Processing Information
- Communicating With Other Workers
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Analyzing Data or Information
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Reading Comprehension
- Information Gathering
- Systems Evaluation
- Management of Material Resources
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Objective or Subjective Information