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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 Engineering
2Murdoch UniversityBachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering Technology Specialising in Industrial Computer Systems Engineering
3Curtin UniversityMaster of Science (Industrial Engineering)
4CQUniversity AustraliaDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Sciences, Engineering and Health – Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology (By Research)
5Education & Training InternationalAdvanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology

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