What Do Industrial Engineers Do?

Industrial engineers apply science, mathematics, and engineering methods to complex system integration and operations. Because these systems are so large and complex, IEs need to have knowledge and skills in a wide variety of disciplines, the ability to work well with people, and a broad, systems perspective. Industrial engineers use their knowledge and skills to improve systematic processes through the use of statistical analysis, interpersonal communication, design, planning, quality control, operations management, computer simulation, and problem solving.

As an industrial engineering student at Oregon State University, you will analyze, create, and make partnerships with your fellow students and with industry sponsors. 

The median annual wage for industrial engineers was $95,300 in 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

To learn more about the School of MIME Industrial Engineering program, visit our industrial engineering course description page, for a list of courses and descriptions. Also, visit our Faculty and Staff Directory to meet the professors teaching our program.

As systems integrators, industrial engineers analyze and design facilities (buildings, rooms, equipment, infrastructures, etc.), material handling systems, manufacturing and production systems, information systems, and individual and group workplaces. In the operations realm, IEs analyze, design, and manage manufacturing and service processes, production systems planning and control, resource allocation and scheduling, personnel assignment and scheduling, quality assurance, inventory control, and system and personnel safety.

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