Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering
What is Industrial Engineering?
Industrial engineering involves figuring out how to do things better by eliminating waste and determining the most effective ways to use the basic factors of production: people, machines, materials, information, and energy. Industrial engineers are concerned primarily with increasing productivity through the management of people, methods of business organization, and technology. Industrial engineers design manufacturing and information systems to meet those requirements with the help of mathematical methods and models in a bid to maximize efficiency. They develop management control systems that assist in financial planning and cost analysis; design production planning and control systems to ensure product quality and seamless integration along with process coordination. They determine the most efficient plant locations and design supply chain systems for distribution.
Is IE in demand?
Since they are not as specialized as other engineers, industrial engineers can be employed in a wide range of industries, including major manufacturing industries, hospitals and healthcare providers, consulting and engineering services, logistics companies. Demand for industrial engineers is projected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Many industrial engineers move into management positions because of the nature of work. Mean annual salary in USA is US$65000 -70000.
What do Industrial Engineers do?
Industrial engineers are involved in all stages of production and processing. They could design new facilities from scratch, or they may be responsible for upgrading, expanding or reconfiguring existing facilities. They could design new processes or design new tools and fixtures, or computer-aided process planning systems, quality management systems, inventory control systems. They analyze human reliability to assess work place safety, determine which types of jobs are most suitable for special populations like the elderly and the handicapped. In hospitals, they plan for scheduling cases to operating rooms in a hospital, determine the optimal routing of ambulances through a city.
This degree can propel you into a variety of engineering-oriented careers by teaching you essential skills in mathematics, management, and logistics. Course work includes such topics as manufacturing information systems and manufacturing control, supply chain, logistics, optimization quality control, haptics and virtual reality, industrial automation, safety and reliability engineering, diagnostics, prognostics, controls and statistical modeling.
Production Planning and Control
Simulation and Stochastic Models
Human Factors, Ergonomics
Decision Based System Design
US Universities that offer MS in IE
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgiatech, Atlanta)
Cornell University (New York)
North Carolina State University at Raleigh (North Carolina)
Northwestern University (Illinois)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois)
Pennsylvania State University at University Park (Pennsylvania)
Texas A&M University at College Station (Texas)
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
University of Wisconsin at Madison (Wisconsin)
SUNY Buffalo (New York)
Arizona State University
Purdue University (Indiana)
UC -Berkley (California)
Stanford University (California)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Columbia University (New York)
University of Florida
Rutgers University (New Jersey)
Clemson University (South Carolina)
North Eastern University (Mass.)
University of Illinois at Chicago
Oregon State University
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Common Specializations for MS in Industrial Engineering
Industrial engineering has many sub-disciplines, the most common being Financial Engineering,
Human Factors & Safety Engineering, Operations Research & Optimization, Quality & Reliability Engineering, Supply Chain Management & Logistics
Who should apply?
Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in engineering, mathematics, science, or computing, with strong quantitative aptitude.
What Can I Do With a Master’s in Industrial Engineering?
You can apply engineering skills to complex issues in manufacturing, efficiency, and productivity. Industrial engineering students learn to optimize efficiency in a variety of businesses. IE majors develop the quantitative and qualitative reasoning skills necessary to evaluate manufacturing processes, warehousing systems, and distribution methods; and propose improvements. Graduates looking to take on leadership roles can enter management jobs in factories and businesses. Those not interested in overseeing employees might prefer more analytics- or engineering-oriented jobs as logisticians or industrial engineers.
STEM Degree – Master’s in Industrial Engineering
Masters in Industrial Engineering at most US Universities is a STEM degree. This means, you can thus work in the US for upto three years after studying MS in Industrial Engineering. Learn more about STEM Courses in the US
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