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  1. #1 What exactly is industrial engineering? 
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    I have just finished school and plan on studying engineering. I would like to know, from an expert, what exactly industrial engineering really is.


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    The Wikipedia article on industrial engineering explains it pretty well.


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    I know this because I have just studied it on my degree course. Industrial engineering is different from mechanical engineering and electrical engineering etc in the sense that:

    Lets take a simple wall clock (as an example) The electrical engineer will sort out and design the electrical components of the clock; the mechanical engineer will sort out and design the mechanical components of the clock but it is the industrial engineer who will understand market trends / needs and it is his/her job to deisgn the product with the particular industry in mind. He/she is the one who really decides how the product should interact with the end user. It is an engineering job but more weighted towards aesthetics and ergonomics etc, etc.
    The hand of time rested on the half-hour mark, and all along that old front line of the English there came a whistling and a crying. The men of the first wave climbed up the parapets, in tumult, darkness, and the presence of death, and having done with all pleasant things, advanced across No Man's Land to begin the Battle of the Somme. - Poet John Masefield.

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    I'd thought industrial engineering focuses more on manufacture than consumer. The industrial engineer improves idealized designs from the manufacturer's point of view.

    For example those padlocks assembled cheaply of laminated stamped plates rather than solid machined metal, are a product of industrial engineering.
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    The industrial engineer would have to figure out how to get the clock made. Will the parts be stamped out or machined, assembled by hand or perhaps an automatic assembly machine would have to be designed. Maybe some design changes would make it easier to build. Things like that.
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    Hey i know this is a really late post but i am confused. I am loooking at getting an engineering job, but the thing is i am unsure which field to get into? What are the specific qualifications and experiences needed for the ones mentioned above.

    cheers guys
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    Industrial energy is getting the clock commercialized? Bringing it to the community.

    Quote Originally Posted by richard123
    Hey i know this is a really late post but i am confused. I am loooking at getting an engineering job, but the thing is i am unsure which field to get into? What are the specific qualifications and experiences needed for the ones mentioned above.

    cheers guys
    It depends on what your interests are. There're so many types of engineering. Maybe a new thread would be in order?
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