Industrial engineer

What they do

Industrial engineers plan, organise, supervise and manage the operations of industries to ensure the economical, safe and effective use of materials, energy and people.

Tasks performed by an industrial engineer include:

  • assessing techniques and equipment in production processes;
  • planning and designing systems to increase productivity;
  • introducing and recommending changes to work methods; and
  • maximising comfort in the workplace.

Working conditions

Industrial engineers are mainly employed by motor vehicle, refrigeration, household appliance and agricultural machinery manufacturing industries, and in the wholesale and retail trade.

Others find employment in government departments, hospitals and management consultancies, and with research establishments. Employment is mainly in the private sector.

Tools and technologies

Industrial engineers typically use computer simulation (especially discrete event simulation), along with extensive mathematical tools, and modelling and computational methods for system analysis, evaluation, and optimisation.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become an industrial engineer, you usually need to study a degree in engineering, majoring in mechanical engineering, instrumentation and control or a related area. You may need to complete further postgraduate study to specialise in industrial engineering.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.