Q1. What is special about Industrial Engineering?
Industrial Engineering is a diverse discipline with many areas of specialization. Other engineering disciplines apply skills to specific areas therefore making you focus at limited areas but an IE degree will provide you with the skills to work in a variety of businesses .As an IE you learn to make decisions concerning the best use of people, material, equipment and energy in achieving an organization’s aim.
Q2. Will I get a job with a degree in Industrial Engineering?
Yes, Industrial Engineers have a bright future and are in high demand in almost all of the countries (Pakistan needs them the most). With a major in IE, many people are serving many organizations and industries and have been the reason for great improvements. IE’s can work in almost all of the sectors (for example; aerospace, banking, consulting, entertainment, manufacturing industries, medical services, transportation and the list goes on). They are one of the most highly paid professionals and almost all of them are satisfied with their job roles. IE’s end up being promoted to management positions.
Q3. Would I like Industrial Engineering?
Do you enjoy knowing how things work? Do you think of new and better ways of doing things? Do you like to figure things out? Do you get good grades in mathematics? Do you take things apart and put them back together with fewer parts?
If the answer to the above all is “Yes” then Industrial Engineering is for you. It’s a profession both suitable for males and females.
Q4. What are the areas of specialization?
The major areas of specialization involves Human Factors Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Operations Research, Quality Engineering, Simulation Modeling, and Project Management
Q5. Can you give few examples regarding what IE’s do actually?
There are a lot of examples; few of them are given below which will give you basic idea of what IE’s actually do:
• Reconfigure airport check services to shorten lines and make passengers happier
• Design a more efficient car assembly line to save on manufacturing costs
• Streamline an operating room so that is safer, faster and easier to use
• Determine the fastest way to transport perishable goods cross-country, even during bad weather.
All of these roles share the common goal of saving companies money and increasing efficiencies (in short “improvement”)