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Introduction to Industrial Engineering in Australia

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What is Industrial Engineering?

Industrial Engineering is a branch of engineering which deals with the optimisation of complex processes or systems. Industrial Engineers work to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, man-hours, machine time, energy and other resources that do not generate value.


What are the disciplines that Industrial Engineering covers?

Industrial Engineering covers, for example

–       Mathematical Statistics

–       Numerical Methods

–       Supply Chain Modelling and Optimisation

–       Advanced Numerical Analysis

–       Industrial Modelling and Optimisation

–       Networks Optimisation for Transport and Logistics

–       Production Planning and Management

–       Logistics and Supply Chain Optimisation           

–       Operations Research

–       Data mining

–       Simulation, modelling and scenario planning

–       ECRS Method (Eliminate, Combine, Rearrange, Simplify)

–       Operations research

–       Operations management

–       Project management

–       Financial engineering

–       Process engineering

–       Systems engineering

–       Ergonomics

–       Safety engineering

–       Cost engineering

–       Value engineering

–       Quality engineering

–       Facility management

–       Motion and time study

Does Industrial Engineer exist as a job title in Australia?

It is not very common to find a role called Industrial Engineer in Australia. It is more common to find jobs under different titles, such as

–       Manufacturing Engineer

–       Production Engineer / Production Manager

–       Process Engineer

–       Plant Manager

–       Process Improvement Specialist

–       Continuous Improvement Specialist

–       Logistics Specialist

–       Quality Controller

–       Material Handling Specialist

–       Maintenance Specialist

–       Scheduling Specialist

In process improvement jobs in the Australia market, it is very common for companies to ask if applicants can demonstrate knowledge or certification in a number of IE tools such as

–       Six Sigma

–       Lean manufacturing

–       Lean processes

–       5S methodology (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardise, Sustain)

–       PMP

–       Kaizan

–       Value stream mapping

–       SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Dies)

–       ABC (Activity Based Costing)

Which industries employee Industrial Engineers in Australia?

Industrial Engineers are employed by a mix of the more traditional and newer industries.

–       Government departments (e.g. agriculture, Treasury, defence, transport and infrastructure)

–       Government agencies (e.g. CSIRO and DSTO)

–       Mining and petroleum companies

–       Banks

–       Communications companies

–       Commercial companies involved in defence and aerospace

–       Transport and logistics companies

–       Manufacturing companies

–       Retail companies

–       Telecommunications companies (e.g. NBN)

What are the major institutions that currently teach Industrial Engineering in Australia?

NumberInstituteDegree nameWebsite
1University of South AustraliaMasters by Research LMIE in Mechanical and Industry Engineeringhttps://www.unisa.edu.au/
2Murdoch UniversityBachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering Technology Specialising in Industrial Computer Systems Engineeringhttp://www.murdoch.edu.au/
3Curtin UniversityMaster of Science (Industrial Engineering)http://www.curtin.edu.au/
4CQUniversity AustraliaDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Sciences, Engineering and Health – Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology (By Research)https://www.cqu.edu.au/
5Education & Training InternationalAdvanced Diploma of Process Plant Technologyhttp://www.eti.wa.edu.au/

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