What is industrial engineering?

A Changing Field of Study & Work

Industrial engineering is not a new specialty in the engineering field. In fact, it has been officially taught under this name for over one hundred years! However, just as the world has changed greatly over the past century, the work done by industrial engineers has also transformed.

A Quick History

In the beginning, industrial engineering was focused almost entirely on the factory systems that were revolutionizing the way goods were produced during the early part of the twentieth century. However, industry later expanded beyond the walls of factories, and industrial engineers began applying the same logic and skill sets that had worked in the factories to other industries such as health care and even finance.

Today’s Applications

Today, industrial engineering refers to the practice of making complex systems operate in a way that is both effective and efficient, making the best use of the available resources while still serving the interests of the company and employees.

In some ways, modern industrial engineering is still tied to its factory beginnings. One project completed by our staff involved relocating the headquarters of a manufacturing company, designing a facility that would serve their practical needs while also operating more efficiently than the previous one.

In other ways, the original industrial engineers would have no idea where to start on a modern project. Another Engineering Groupe industrial engineering project involved the placement of cell phone towers, a technological development that had no bearing on industry one hundred years ago. In another 100 years, industrial engineering will probably be changing the way that we get things done in ways we can’t even imagine right now!

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