What is the Lure of Industrial Engineering

What is the Lure of Industrial Engineering?

Industrial Engineering focuses on the optimization of systems (an operation that creates products). It is hard to put a specific description on what an Industrial Engineer does. Industrial Engineers are educated on the many areas of engineering but if you wanted to sum up the job description in two words it would be: problem solvers. No matter the problem Industrial Engineers are there to find a reasonable solution that will help the company. This may not be the newest field of study. People have been attempting to improve productivity in systems for years, but the areas that Industrial Engineers are growing. .

The word Industrial Engineering is quite misleading, making people believe that this Engineering is based solely on industry, manufacturing, and factories. It is true that Industrial Engineers work on making factories more efficient, but the job description is much larger than that alone:

Industrial engineers are prime sources of management talent. They learn to make decisions concerning the best use of people, material, equipment, and energy in achieving an organization’s aims. To accomplish best use of resources, the industrial engineer systematically collects, analyzes, and arranges factual information in such a way as to fulfill management’s needs.”

Industrial Engineers are known for great management; they always try to get the best out of the hand they were dealt. The difference between Industrial Engineers and normal managers is that Industrial Engineers attempt to solve problems through an Engineers mindset. They tend to rely on their study of mathematics and use quantitative data to try and find a solution.

While people joke about the social lives of engineers, Industrial Engineers need to have social skills. In order for Industrial Engineers to be able to make improvements there must be cooperation between multiple people. I am not saying they are social butterflies, but I would like to think that they at least can communicate between each other.


Industrial Engineering is unique because Industrial Engineers focus on people just as much as machines.You normally do not find an Industrial Engineer working solely in the lab, you can find Industrial Engineers working in businesses helping out. Industrial Engineers are vital because they not only help industries improve, but they also help people become more efficient

Industrial Engineers are hired by industries, corporations, and the government. Many companies use Industrial Engineers to help solve their problems (malfunctions in the way a company creates a good) or help optimize the company (simplify the operation of creating the product). The truth is almost everybody is affected by the results of Industrial Engineers. You can find the works of an Industrial Engineer at a fast food restaurant. While you’re waiting in line, see that an Industrial Engineer sat down and purposely advised the restaurant to set up the line a certain way. The line they created was made to get the customer served the fastest. Also, for the customer to feel like they have been in line for less time than they actually have. This focus on lines seems trivial, but in amusement parks lines are part of the experience.

Industrial Engineers are not like other Engineers that create, build, and discover ideas, buildings, prosthetics, and robots. Industrial Engineers are not inventors but innovators. Inventions are always great but an Industrial Engineer helps improve the invention/idea and makes it more useful to the general public.Some critics believe that Industrial Engineers just steal the ideas of others and add one or two “new” features. This is not Industrial Engineering. Industrial Engineers take processes that include people, machines, energy, and materials and make the process more efficient and cost effective.

The lure of Industrial Engineering is the chance to help enhance processes not only involving manufacturing but also people!


2 thoughts on “What is the Lure of Industrial Engineering

  1. Francois, overall I think you did a great job. However, there were some details that I think you might be able to improve. First, I would try to avoid using a contraction; in this case, I would have written “What is” as opposed to “Whats,” which is missing the apostrophe as well. In the first paragraph you speak of “systems” which I do not think a lay person would entirely understand in the context of engineering. Maybe you could add a hyperlink to a definition? Otherwise they could associate it with ecosystem, a computer system, or something else that does not refer to an industrial system. Additionally on the first paragraph, I would change “sum up the job description to two words” to “sum up the job description in two words.”
    I think the quote you used is perfect! It really drives the definition of the industrial engineering career home. As you continue onto the third paragraph, I noticed you forgot the apostrophe for the possessive noun “Engineer’s mindset.” The cartoon that follows really does tie well with your fourth paragraph, but I would recommend two things about it. The size of the image is a bit small and therefore makes it difficult to read, so maybe you can try and edit it to a larger magnification. Second, I would include the cartoon after the fourth paragraph and not before so that it doesn’t catch the reader off guard.
    The last sentence of your fifth paragraph might need a bit of revising. I recommend rewriting it as: “Industrial Engineers are vital because they not only help industries improve, but they also help people become more efficient.” On the following paragraph I would try to be more specific on what you mean by “their problems” or “optimize the company.” A lay person may not know right away what kind of problems (social, financial, ethical, etc.) or what exactly optimizing a company means. The fifth line of that same paragraph seems a bit confusing, but I really do like the very last sentence! It was very witty.
    I would modify the sentence, “Some critics could believe that these engineers just steal the ideas of others and add one or two “new” features.” I might just say “Some critics believe” and perhaps specify “these engineers” to “industrial engineers.” Also, you steal an idea ‘from’ others. I think your very last sentence really helps emphasize your recurring theme that industrial engineering not only belongs to ‘industrial’ machines, but instead of using “processes of not only manufacturing but also of people,” I would use “processes not only involving manufacturing but also people.”
    Overall I really liked your tone throughout the entire blog and I really liked the way you organized it. Perhaps the only thing I would say, which is really just based on my personal preference, is that some paragraphs seemed like a combination of short clauses/sentences. Maybe adding a couple transition words could give them a smoother flow. But like I said, it’s purely based on how I write; does not mean it has to be that way. Good job Francois!!

  2. In the title, the word what’s is missing an apostrophe, also if all the words in the title have capital letters, lure should be capitalized as well. The first paragraph is not very clear, I would prefer that the first thing you say is what is an industrial engineer instead of saying this first:

    “Industrial engineering may not be the newest field of study. People have been attempting to improve productivity in systems for years, but the areas that Industrial Engineers are growing.”

    In the first paragraph you repeat “Industrial Engineering” 6 times, it is not comfortable for the reader, try changing some with another term or just by referencing it to what you said before. The same thing happens in paragraph 5.

    I like the second and third paragraphs!! But when you get to the picture it is too small to read what it says. Try making it a hyperlink to the original page so we can see it larger.

    For the last part of the blog, I think it’s great. You really explain what an industrial engineer is and what they do. You use the perfect language so anyone can understand. Great post!! I enjoyed reading it.

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