How to become a Industrial Engineer

Industrial engineers plan, organise, supervise and manage the operations of industries to ensure the economical, safe and effective use of materials, energy and people.

Personal requirements of a Industrial Engineer

  • Enjoy technical work
  • Able to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Practical and creative
  • Aptitude for technical activities
  • Able to work without supervision
  • Able to accept responsibility

Education & Training for a Industrial Engineer

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 or university handbooks.

Duties & Tasks of a Industrial Engineer

Industrial engineers may perform the following tasks:

  • assess the techniques and equipment used in production processes to determine if they can operate more efficiently
  • plan and design systems that increase productivity by improving the integration of people, materials, equipment and finance
  • choose and develop safer and more efficient manufacturing processes using new, existing or modified machinery and equipment
  • introduce or recommend changes to work methods, safety measures and labour organisation
  • determine the time taken to perform a task or complete a particular production stage and set performance standards accordingly
  • maximise comfort in the workplace by analysing and recommending changes to improve light, alter bench space or machine height and reduce noise.

Employment Opportunities for a Industrial Engineer

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.


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Additional Information
Graduates may be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia. Visit their website for more details.
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