Industrial Engineering

As an industrial engineer, you will be working on the design and operation of industrial processes and finding ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes.

What do industrial engineers do?

Industrial engineers work to find efficient ways to utilise workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

What does a typical day at work involve?

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  • Checked Designing control systems and drawing up plans to coordinate production activities
  • Checked Reviewing production schedules, engineering specifications, process flows, and status of projects
  • Checked Manufacturing parts or products, or delivering services, with maximum efficiency and figuring out plans to increase efficiency
  • Checked Resolving production problems and minimizing costs using quality control procedures
  • Checked Developing standards for design and production by working with customers and management
  • Checked Discussing with clients about product specifications and with vendors about purchases

What areas can an industrial engineer specialise in?

Quality Engineering is a specialised branch of industrial engineering which deals with the principles of quality assurance and control of products and services.
Cost engineering is devoted to the management of project cost, and it involves estimation, cost control, cost forecasting, investment appraisal and risk analysis.
Product design and manufacturing engineering deals with the research and development, and manufacturing of tools, processes, machines and equipment.
Operations research is mainly concerned with the analysis and optimization of operational problems using scientific and mathematical methods.

How to become an Industrial Engineer?

Step 1
Take Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Maths

Studying Physics, Chemistry and Maths at the 10+2 level and securing a minimum score in these subjects would be a prerequisite for admission into engineering courses.

Step 2
Take a B.Tech Industrial Engineering

The common specialisation offered at the UG level in this area is Industrial Engineering. You can either go for a B.Tech or a dual degree (5 year Integrated B.Tech or M.Tech)

Step 3
Take an M.Tech/M.S. in Industrial engineering

After completing the UG degree, you can either go for an M.Tech/M.S. in Industrial engineering or Quality engineering

Note :

Bachelor’s in mechanical engineering might suffice as a qualification to get admission into PG level Industrial engineering courses.

Industrial Engineering Colleges

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Requirements for masters in industrial engineering

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (from IIT Delhi)

  • A bachelor’s degree( B.Tech/B.E with minimum 60% aggregate score)
  • GATE score between 700 and 800 out of 1000 (Candidate having a B.Tech. Degree from IITs and having a CGPA/CPI score of 8.00 (on 0-10 scale) and above are exempted from requirement of GATE qualification)

Foreign (from Georgia Institute of Technology for M.S. in Industrial Engineering(M.S.I.E))

  • A bachelor’s degree with a GPA of more than 3.0/4.0 or equivalent
  • GRE score required
  • Minimum TOEFL score - Internet-based: 90, with minimum section scores of 19.
  • 3 letters of recommendation.

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Skills Required


Industrial engineers have to design new methods of production with increased efficiency in order to minimise the amount of resources used.

Listening skills

Industrial engineers have to listen to customers and clients in order to understand their ideas as well as problems.

Math skills

Industrial engineers have to make use of the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for the analysis, design, and troubleshooting involved in their work.

Problem-solving skills

Industrial engineers have to deal with quality assurances and problems related to manufacturing processes. In order to effectively deal with these, they need good problem solving skills.

Speaking skills

For industrial engineers, being able to explain concepts clearly and quickly is crucial to preventing costly mistakes and loss of time.

Writing skills

Industrial engineers have to prepare documentation that must be coherent so that others can easily understand the information presented.


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