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Submitted by: Bagarinao, Ma. Cristina R. De los Reyes, Paulen Angel E. Naceno, Diane Louise P.

Nagutom, Ana Myka Ela M.

Submitted to: Professor Maria Cora Larobis

CAREER PATH OF AN INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER I. Introduction Industrial Engineering is a branch of engineering which is concerned in the interaction of people, machines and energies. This course is often called as a broad type of engineering, unlike other engineering disciplines which only focuses in a very specific area, but this course is required to solve large and complicated real world problems. Industrial Engineers are important, especially in the improvement and productivity of a company. They are employed to improve efficiency, quality and safety. Many people often misled the word industrial engineer. They always say that Industrial Engineers only work on a manufacturing, but theyre wrong. Industrial Engineers can also be employed in many types of industry-- in variety of business like in service industry. Their work is to eliminate waste of time, money, energy and other resources. Industrial Engineering in the Philippines doesnt have a board examination. They can only be called certified Industrial Engineers if they will take a certification from the Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineering (commonly known as the PIIE).The certification can only be gotten if an Industrial Engineer has a three- year experience in the field. In the industry, there are requirements Industrial Engineers must comply with. The qualification of an Industrial Engineering to get a job is having a broad mechanical knowledge especially in industrial production and technology. They must have a sharp knowledge in designing, and computer. And also must be good in speaking English. Knowledge in Mathematics is necessary for Industrial Engineers to get a job, since their work involves arithmetic, calculus, algebra, geometry and statistics. These Mathematics

discipline are being studied by Industrial Engineers as part of their curriculum. So, Industrial Engineer graduates easily get a job. Industrial engineers were trained as productivity and quality improvement specialists. They are usually employed by companies because of adopting such philosophies. They work with the goal of ensuring that goods and services are being produced and provided with the right quality, in the right time and at the right cost. When a problem comes to a company, Industrial Engineers adopt a holistic and integrated approach to problem-solving that requires scientific analytical methods and creativity. Industrial Engineers not just improve productivity and quality but also save time and money. They see and focus onto what will make a system perform efficiently, safely and effectively to produce the highest quality. There are different fields where Industrial Engineers can work. It can be in a manufacturing industry or service industry. In these fields, Industrial Engineers form a necessary connection between management and engineering where scientific methods are essentially used in making managerial decisions. In a manufacturing industry, Industrial Engineers were the one who is ensuring that the equipments, manpower and other resources are in unity in manner to maintain efficient operation and ensure a continuous improvement. While in a service industry, Industrial Engineers may work in finance, information systems and hospitals.

II. Qualifications of being an Industrial Engineer A. Broad imagination An Industrial engineer needs to have curiosity, broad imagination, good communication and social skills, ability to visualize the effects of change and an interest in people and systems. If youre not having these kinds of characteristics, then it can be said that you are not yet qualified to be an Industrial Engineer. The major and common tasks assigned to an Industrial Engineer are planning how systems will work, measuring work performance, establishing work standards and specifications, establishing and managing quality standards, analyzing project benefits and costs, estimation of production cost, creation of effective product design, development of production standards and completion of production within the given time frame. Engineers decide and monitor the quality control objectives and resolve any kind of problem that occurs during the production process. The main focus is always on the efficient production and cost minimization. An Industrial Engineer also keeps an update of the project status, purchases, manufacturing and production processes. Summarizing the design, layout and draft of the equipments and materials are also tasks of an Industrial Engineer. B. Bachelors degree Having a bachelors degree is necessary and an advantage to become a full-fledged and certified Industrial Engineer. An engineering degree with the knowledge of industrial production and technology is the most important qualification required for a job of an industrial engineer. Recommended coursework includes statistics, computer skills,

ergonomics, management science, quality control, sociology, psychology, organizational behavior, economics, finance, labor relations, and mathematics. Those who plan to specialize in manufacturing areas find it useful to study shipping, billing, and automated systems, along with computer science. A brilliant design sense, proficiency on English language and computer knowledge are the other requirements to do the work of an industrial engineer. C. Strong background of Mathematics A strong background of Mathematics is a necessity since the work involves the application of arithmetic, calculus, algebra, geometry and statistics. The job profile also demands a command on management and administration principles which are the basic tools for resource allocation, production and strategic planning, and; work coordination and authorization. D. Logical and critical thinker As a skill requirement, you have to have the ability to think logically and critically that will help industrial engineers to weigh the various available options and take the best decision in favor of efficient production. They should also possess the active listening and fast reading skills to take the desired steps in flick of seconds. Quick decision making and excellent time management skills make the person doing industrial engineering jobs, quite resourceful. Looking to the present industrial progress, the career opportunities in industrial engineering are quite promising. Industrial engineer jobs demand multitasking, but the job can be made easy by striking the right balance of technical expertise and managerial skills.

III. Concerns of Industrial Engineers in their works

There are different types of works that an Industrial Engineer may get involved. In the company that they are working with, they are given a task that they should have focused and concerned. These kinds of concerns are analyzing statistical data and product specifications to determine standards and establish quality and reliability objectives of finished product; developing manufacturing methods, labor utilization standards, and cost analysis systems to promote efficient staff and facility utilization; recommending methods for improving utilization of personnel, material, and utilities; planning and establishing sequence of operations to fabricate and assemble parts or products and to promote efficient utilization; applying statistical methods and perform mathematical calculations to determine manufacturing processes, staff requirements, and production standards; coordinating quality control objectives and activities to resolve production problems, maximize product reliability and minimize cost; discussing with vendors, staff, and management personnel regarding purchases, procedures, product specifications, manufacturing capabilities, and project status; drafting and designing layout of equipment, materials, and workspace to illustrate maximum efficiency using drafting tools and computer; reviewing production schedules, engineering specifications, orders, and related information to obtain knowledge of manufacturing methods, procedures, and activities; communicating with management and user personnel to develop production and design standards; estimating production cost and effect of product design changes for management review, action, and control; formulating sampling procedures and designs and develop

forms and instructions for recording, evaluating, and reporting quality and reliability data; recording or oversee recording of information to ensure currency of engineering drawings and documentation of production problems; studying operations sequence, material flow, functional statements, organization charts, and project information to determine worker functions and responsibilities; directing workers engaged in product measurement, inspection, and testing activities to ensure quality control and reliability; implementing methods and procedures for disposition of discrepant material and defective or damaged parts, and assess cost and responsibility; evaluating precision and accuracy of production and testing equipment and engineering drawings to formulate corrective action plan; completing production reports, purchase orders, and material, tool, and equipment lists; scheduling deliveries based on production forecasts, material substitutions, storage and handling facilities, and maintenance requirements; and regulating and altering workflow schedules according to established manufacturing sequences and lead times to expedite production operations.

IV. Conclusion

Being an Industrial Engineer is not an easy task. Before having this title, there are different qualifications that you must have. These qualifications require a lot of perseverance, hard work and patience. Industrial Engineers are flexible engineers because they are not just focused in one specific task. People used to think that Industrial Engineers work is meant to be only in factories and other manufacturing plants to supervise workers. Industrial Engineers are such great assets in the company because they can work in different areas of the company. One best thing about being an Industrial Engineer is that they are very good problem solvers. Industrial Engineer can be someone that people think may not be.


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