Potential Career/Occupation Information

Industrial Engineer

Occupation Information table
Overview: Industrial engineers plan the efficient utilization of industrial production equipment, machines, and workers. They specify the flow of raw materials and products through the manufacturing process. They specify how productivity should be measured and improved to cut costs.
Duties: Study the flow of work needed for human oprators and machines to produce the desired product. Determine the optimum ways to combine people and machines and methods to be used.

They develop methods to measure the quality and quantity of the products made and how to reduce the errors made.

Observe workers performing their jobs and interviews them to determine what work methods and job arrangements can improve productivity. They hold group interviews with workers.

They conduct productivity experiments to evaluate new methods to perform a job. Statistically analyze productivity results from experiments. They make recommendations to executives.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is expected have little or no change from 2014 to 2024. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.
Salary Range (National Average): $46,000 to $52,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited engineering program is the typical requirement for entry positions. Some employers require a master's degree. All 50 states require registration for engineering positions that may affect life, health or property of the public. Registration generally requires a bachelor's degree, four years of working experience and passing a state examination.
Advancement Info: Industrial engineers advance by working on more complex manufacturing processes. Beginning engineering graduates usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers and, in large companies, also may receive formal classroom or seminar-type training. As new engineers gain knowledge and experience, they are assigned more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions. Engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a staff or team of engineers and technicians.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.

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