Industrial engineers plan, organise, supervise and manage the operations of industries to ensure the economical, safe and effective use of materials, energy and people.
To become an industrial engineer you usually have to complete a degree in engineering with a major in manufacturing or mechanical engineering. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics are normally required. Most universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For full details, refer to the entries on the website at www.goodcareersguide.com.au or university handbooks.
Industrial engineers may perform the following tasks:
Industrial engineers are mainly employed by motor vehicle, refrigerator, household appliance and agricultural machinery manufacturing industries, as well as in the wholesale and retail trade. Others find employment in government departments, hospitals and management consultancies and research establishments. Employment is mainly in the private sector. Industrial engineers are increasingly being employed in service industries such as retailing and banking. Factors that may affect the occupation are the levels of activity and restructuring in the manufacturing industry, government incentives for industry to restructure and the volume of product sales.
A methods engineer studies work processes, tasks and operations in order to promote efficiency and productivity.
A safety engineer works to develop safety measures and safer and more efficient manufacturing processes.