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)
– 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)
– 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
– 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?
|1||University of South Australia||Masters by Research LMIE in Mechanical and Industry Engineering||https://www.unisa.edu.au/|
|2||Murdoch University||Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering Technology Specialising in Industrial Computer Systems Engineering||http://www.murdoch.edu.au/|
|3||Curtin University||Master of Science (Industrial Engineering)||http://www.curtin.edu.au/|
|4||CQUniversity Australia||Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Sciences, Engineering and Health – Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology (By Research)||https://www.cqu.edu.au/|
|5||Education & Training International||Advanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology||http://www.eti.wa.edu.au/|